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Having rushed into buying a motherboard and cpu for my WHS server 2011 build I was unaware that the P67 motherboard came with no on-board graphics port. Once set-up I will want to run it headless (unless I have major problems).


How do I configure the server in the meantime. I know I could buy a video card. But I have no PCI x16 slots available as I have 2 Highpoint RAID cards taking those slots. PCI x1 video cards seem expensive and not sure the drivers will be available.


Returning the motherboard and cpu is not an option as it has sat in my spare room for 6 months.


How about a usb video adapter? An adapter that I can use for setting up and then remove once complete. I've seen these adapters used to extend the video across 2 monitors but can they be used as the only video output? Or would I have to install device drivers before the the usb adapter was recognized.





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You could leave your raid cards out, install the system and get the OS installed, than add the cards back in and configure them via remote desktop. If it where me, I would try and return the board for a H style. Even after you get it setup using the method about, there will be times when you need to access the server directly.

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I have used USB adapters several times, both on laptops and on desktops and they work well. The computer detects it as any other video card, and sends the video output to whatever monitor is connected to it. Yes, you can install a USB adapter as the only video adapter on the server and it will work fine.


PCDoc's suggestion is good too, and wont necessitate buying the USB adapter, but the plus side is that once the server is up, and a situation arises where you need to login to it directly, removing the RAID card, just to temporarily install a PCI video card, might not be desirable to do and in that case the USB adapter could be used again. You definitely have options, it just depends on how often you think you'll want to log into the server locally.

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