If there is a computer with no input/output devices. One of the solutions is a direct software installation to its disk drive. And a subsequent configuration of the remote access with help of a virtual machine (QEMU).
The examples below are for Windows workstation against two target systems: x86 (Ubuntu) and ARM (Raspberry Pi).
2. Download and install QEMU;
3. Get out the disk drive from the server and/or SD card from the Rpi.
5. Prepare (format/erase) the disk drive (a console way):
7. Start QEMU and install the operating system.
Script for x86 Ubuntu:
Where “\\.\PHYSICALDRIVE1” is a path obtained on the previous step.
Script for Raspberry Pi:
8. Configure and check a remote control to the emulated target operating system.
e.g. Add this to the start script to test a ssh access through 10022 port:
9. Insert your disk drive in the target system. It will take some time to boot and to autotune all new hardware during the first start.