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    Since the WHS is working as headless status and no connection out from the graphic card if there is one, does the graphic card on WHS is working on prividing the interface through other client end? I doubt the interface is provided by client end PC's graphc card,  any one can help on this? thanks!
    Tuesday, August 26, 2008 8:43 AM

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  • If you are running Windows Home Server on a system that was once used as a home computer, and you have finished using the external monitor for initial set up and etc. The video card is not necessary. However, it uses very little resources and power and if there is an issue with the internet or your home network, using the externall monitor is the only way to access the GUI and "see" what you are doing....

     

     

     

    Tuesday, August 26, 2008 8:57 AM

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  • If you are running Windows Home Server on a system that was once used as a home computer, and you have finished using the external monitor for initial set up and etc. The video card is not necessary. However, it uses very little resources and power and if there is an issue with the internet or your home network, using the externall monitor is the only way to access the GUI and "see" what you are doing....

     

     

     

    Tuesday, August 26, 2008 8:57 AM
  • you will not need one after completing the installation, but even the cheapest PCI card is sometimes usefull for troubleshooting, if you don't reach your server via network.

    Also if you have no dedicated server hardware supporting headless usage, it may happen that the boot process stops already at Bios level, if certain hardware components are missing.

    But if there is a functioning cideo card in, you should also see the output, which each Windows PC delivers.

    If it does not, you may have to check the seating of the video card in the slot on the mainboard.

    Best greetings from Germany

    Olaf

    Tuesday, August 26, 2008 1:17 PM
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  • Hi,

    Your Client uses the signals from the server software and displays them on your local computer, it doesn't rely on anything in the graphics system on the server to provide the information. This is why you can run the server without any form of graphics, either integrated or seperate.

     

    Colin

     

    Tuesday, August 26, 2008 4:25 PM
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  • Thanks fellows,

    So I could install WHS without a graphic card any way, use a 24 inchs display should be helpful to figure out what's on sceen.

    Wednesday, August 27, 2008 2:54 AM
  • Hi again,

    Unless you are a systems integrator/builder with pre-prepared images, you cannot install WHS without a keyboard/video setup, as there are user interactions required.

    I think we were all assuming you meant running the system, (if your motherboard supports operation without), which is where you don't require any KVM.

     

    Colin

    Wednesday, August 27, 2008 4:27 PM
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