Virtualized graphic hardware on a server

Asked by ZioNemo on 2011-12-19

Given the widespread usage of headless servers I would think having a server without hardware for KVM interaction should be possible and welcome.

I mean: several hypervisors (e.g.: VirtualBox) include virtualized hardware accessible remotely to their clients, would it be possible to do the same for the HOST?

What I would like to have is to poen a remote connection (RDP, VNC, ...) and get there the actual server console, including all pseudo-terminals, graphics and all, exactly as I get it for a headless VirtualBox Client.

Is something like this possible at all?

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mycae (mycae) said : #1

I think this is the goal of the SPICE project
http://www.spice-space.org/

delance (olivier-delance) said : #2

Yes, in big data center, the host servers have no display. But they are remotely managed by another computer which has a hypervisor set manager.
I'm not expert in this domain, you could have a look at http://libvirt.org/

ZioNemo (zionemo) said : #3

Thanks for the answers, but I wasn't able to fully express myself.

I am not seeking a way to remote the display of a virtual machine residing on a headless server (this seems to be the aim of spice).

What I would like to do is to attach a "remote head" to the headless server itself! Regardless of any virtual machines that may (or may not) be running on it.

I would like to have a VGA (or other GPU) driver working without any VGA hardware at all. I t could render directly via RDP or VNC.

Does anyone know if such a beast does indeed exist?

delance (olivier-delance) said : #4

I don't know.
What I know is X11 solution. You can have X11 clients on server and a X11 server (which is a display) on a remote computer. It's not like VNC. You will have to provide toX11 clients (on server) the Internet address of X11 server, and this last one is supposed to stay powered on continuously.

delance (olivier-delance) said : #5

You could ask question to <email address hidden>

http://www.realvnc.com/products/free/4.1/man/Xvnc.html should be your solution. Its a virtual graphic card driver, which receives X11 graphic orders, and translates them in a RAM screen, managed by VNC. Google saved me anew!

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