Installing BOINC on a Headless Ubuntu Server

I’ve always been a fan of grid computing and at the start of the year I donated my gaming rig to the World Community Grid project, 24×7 for January, which was a bit of fun and a nice stress test.  I’ve since been given permission to install on some spare machines at work and found a bit of a gap in the documentation for a headless installation which I thought I’d bridge.  Installing it headless is easy, managing it headless proved a little trickier but only due to my rookie status with Linux.  These steps are all you need for a quick installation and remote management;

sudo apt-get install boinc-client
sudo nano /var/lib/boinc-client/remote_hosts.cfg

Add your client machine IP to the list then connect remotely using Boinc Manager.  Job done.

For anyone interested in joining the fun, I’ve set up a jedbowler.com team;

  1. Is there any password requirement? I’ve set up boinc on my server but I can’t manage it from a remote boinc manager, it won’t connect even though I’ve add my ip to the remote_hosts.cfg

    • I didn’t set or need a password when I used this method, I’ve also lost access to those servers as they were hosted on spare kit at my former employer. Good luck and please let me know the result and I’ll add it to the article.

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