Sunday, October 12, 2008

Initial setup

The first thing I want to do is get rid of the monitor and keyboard, so

$ sudo apt-get install openssh-server
$ sudo apt-get install screen

(Screen is great. I use it whenever I need to kick off some long-duration command. It means I can close the laptop, dropping my ssh session, but still reconnect to the console running the command whenever I want to.)

Edit /etc/network/interfaces to change from DHCP to static IP address, which is covered well here.

Serial console

I never tried this before...

I ordered the serial cable with my fit-PC and got a €3 generic USB RS-232 adapter cable from this store on ebay.

The instructions on the fit-PC wiki were great. On the other side, all I had to do was check which COM port the USB adapter was on using Windows device manager, and then create a serial PuTTY session using the same configuration.

With this setup, I get GRUB and kernel output to, and login from, the serial console. This is a real bonus compared to my old PC server.

I'd really like to be able to configure the fit-PC BIOS over the serial connection as well, but it sounds like that might be a bit more difficult.

Anyway, BIOS configuration changes aside, I can ditch the keyboard and monitor now. My fit-PC is ready to be a headless server.

1 comment:

  1. The slimpc wiki is moved and broken when I tried to access it. Trying to rediscover the serial console settings I found this page Following that I changed the PuTTY default serial settings from speed 9600 to 38400.