[ubuntu] Monitor Sever Using Web Interface

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http://ubuntuforums.org – I want to install ubuntu server on an old pc and use it in my home office. However, I'll have to borrow a monitor to do the instillation... when I'm done I'll have to return it. Is there a way to monitor/manage the sever by using my web browser, free of cost? Also seeing that I'm not so savvy with commands should I install the desktop interface? (HowTos)