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

Maybe I missed some of the info, but couldn't you "borrow" a monitor from
another PC, plug it into the 486, install away and put it back on the other
PC after you have stuff working?

I had kind of the same problem and got sick of switching the monitor cables
around so I got a 15 pin switch box and a couple of extension 15 pin cables
(about 25$ total), the setup lets me switch to a diff pc with the flick of a
switch (though the kb and mouse are diff, I start rapping on the wrong one
sometimes, hehe)

Other than some minor shadowing when there are vertical bars on a light
background, it works great.


-----Original Message-----
From: Daniel M. Debertin []
Sent: Thursday, June 17, 1999 9:05 PM
Subject: [TCLUG:6569] Help in setting up headless firewall

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.


Dan Debertin                    | Never attribute to malice              | what can be adequately explained
Minneapolis, MN                 | by stupidity.

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