Re: old laptop server?
Yes, and no.
Invariably you need some information from the machine. Either hardware types so you know what drivers you want to install, or MAC address that will allow you to target your remote install.
Your best bet might be to customise a Linux live boot dc to start up whatever services you want with a fixed ip so that you can just boot it and connect remotely. This is going to end up with huge amounts of guess work as to what stage you're getting to etc.
I didn’t fight my way to the top of the food chain to be a vegetarian…
Im sick of people saying 'dont waste paper'. If trees wanted to live, they'd all carry guns.
"The inherent vice of capitalism is the unequal sharing of blessings; The inherent vice of socialism is the equal sharing of miseries."