View Full Version : Xserve monitor?

Jul 29, 2004, 01:52 PM

About a week back, I asked a question on this board about my organization's new xserve about what kind of rack to put it in and I recieved an excellent response...thanks!

But now I have another question...

The person that ordered the server neglected to have a video card installed into it, and therefore we seem to be left with a "headless" server. As most of you probably know, the xserve has two usb ports and a Male DB-9 port.

Any suggestions on how to connect a monitor or some kind of screen to it without having to install a video card? Is it possible?

Thanks again!


Jul 29, 2004, 03:11 PM

Jul 29, 2004, 03:26 PM
I don't think you'd want to completely set up an Xserve for the first time via a tty Terminal (the DB-9 serial port). You have to turn on various services, create all the user's accounts and so on. It'd prolly be easier/faster via GUI (it is a Mac server after all).

If at all possible get a video card from some Mac and pop it in when you setup the Xserve. Then get the Xserve's Admin Tools and install them on another Mac and after that you can remotely monitor and manage the Xserve from any networked Mac (with the tools).

After it is setup you really don't need to keep a video card in the Xserve, it will just burn up more power and put out more heat than you want/need in a rack.

Jul 29, 2004, 03:50 PM
Thanks for the response...

Will I be able to update / install software from a networked mac? Some of the software that we need to install will require constant updates...

jane doe
Jul 29, 2004, 04:18 PM
The Server set up assistant allows you to completely configure the server remotely. you should be able to do this from any OS X computer. It's easier to be on the same subnet.