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Re: [TCLUG:6569] Help in setting up headless firewall

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Sometime around the 17th of June in 1999, a certain Daniel M. Debertin said:

: I have an old 486 Compaq Presario that I'd like to set up as a
: firewall/masquerading gateway. Preferably, I'd like to run it "headless",
: i.e. without monitor, keyboard or mouse, and administer it via telnet/ssh.
: My problem is that I need a monitor and keyboard, at least, to get RedHat
: onto the machine. I have two other Linux boxen -- is there a way to hook
: up one of the other machines to the 486 via the serial port, and somehow
: get it to send its screen output through there to a minicom program? Any
: other ideas? Even a crappy monitor is still too expensive for me, and I
: don't want to buy one just to use it once. Thanks for your help.

Did I miss something here ? Why don't you just yank the monitor
cable from one of the two other machines and plug it in while
you install ? It's not like you need to shutdown for something
like that.

And if I did miss something here, just borrow someone else's
monitor. It'd be tons easier than trying to deal with making a
custom bootdisk with a getty running on ttyS0, with which you
could login from remotely and run the 'setup's script or

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