Headless Server Support

Discussion in 'Windows Server' started by Synapse Syndrome, Apr 26, 2006.

  1. I run my server as a headless server. It is not made from special server
    hardware. Windows 2003 Server has Headless Server Support amongst its
    features. Where is this support, what exactly does it offer and do you need
    special server hardware to make use of it? I can't seem to find any info on
    it on the web.


    Synapse Syndrome, Apr 26, 2006
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    I'm not familiar with this term as any official 'feature', but I presume it
    means Remote Desktop for administration...
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Apr 26, 2006
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  3. It also implies no monitor, keyboard, or mouse on the system.


    "Lanwench [MVP - Exchange]"
    Michael D. Ober, Apr 26, 2006
  4. "Lanwench [MVP - Exchange]"
    On this page search for "Headless Server Support" and put your mouse over
    the words to see a popup that says:

    "Support for a headless server provides you with the ability to install and
    manage a computer without a monitor, VGA display adaptor, keyboard, or
    mouse. Management controllers and management ports are supported as well so
    that servers can be managed even during startup or when a system has


    Synapse Syndrome, Apr 26, 2006
  5. I just want to highlight the fact that it says that you can "install" and
    even manage the server "during startup or when a system has crashed." Now
    that sounds really good. I guess I would need special server hardware.

    Synapse Syndrome, Apr 26, 2006
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    Thanks for the info; I hadn't read it before, I confess.
    See http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/system/platform/server/default.mspx - I
    finally found it after much googling.

    Yes, you'd need special hardware for this. I think a mouse, keyboard, and a
    monitor you could drag over for install and periodically connnect as needed,
    is likely to be a lot cheaper!
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Apr 26, 2006
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    Lack of keyboard & mouse sound more like 'armless' to me. ;-)

    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Apr 26, 2006
  8. "Lanwench [MVP - Exchange]"
    That's what I do, sort of. Except I find it easier to bring the server to
    the mouse, keyboard and monitor. It's beginning to really annoy me now as
    the server is kept in my loft (attic).

    If this is a new feature of Server 2003, even a second hand Proliant or
    Poweredge on eBay wouldn't have this ability. Oh well...maybe in five years

    Synapse Syndrome, Apr 26, 2006
  9. Synapse Syndrome

    Brains,None Guest

    Good joke, should I "hand it" to you??? ;-)

    Brains,None, Apr 26, 2006
  10. Synapse Syndrome

    dw Guest

    Actually, remote access cards are not that expensive. If purchased with a
    server a Dell (DRAC) remote access card is less than $200. When connected to
    a network with an IP address, you can console in, hard and cold boot, watch
    the boot, etc, etc. It very similar to and IP based KVM switch. These are
    priceless when your servers are in remote locations. Most major server
    manufactures have these cards.

    Hope It Helps!


    Don Wilwol
    Distributed Application Technologies.

    dw, Apr 26, 2006
  11. Thanks for that. I had never heard of these cards before. They seem to be
    a good alternative for Winserver's feature combined with the new special
    hardware. But can you get into the BIOS with these as well? Even if not I
    am going to keep a lookout for one of these.

    Synapse Syndrome, Apr 26, 2006
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    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Apr 26, 2006
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    You've had the option to buy remote management cards for servers for a very,
    very long time - way before Win2003. They just aren't cheap. :)
    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Apr 26, 2006
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    Really! I guess I haven't priced one of these out for a long time. Thanks;
    good to know. It is indeed very handy.

    Lanwench [MVP - Exchange], Apr 26, 2006

  15. Heh, well DRAC II and DRAC III are very cheap on eBay. I am just about to
    buy one. My server already has two NICs in it, so I am not sure if this is
    to replace one of them or if I will now need three ethernet cables running
    to it now.


    Synapse Syndrome, Apr 26, 2006
  16. Sorry about teh multiple posts, but before anybody else mentions it, I just
    realised that these cards seem onlt to be compatible with certain Dell
    servers. ; (

    Synapse Syndrome, Apr 26, 2006
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