Re: OT: Portable Consoles?
From: Michael (michaeln_at_twentyten.org)
Date: Sun, 27 Jun 2004 13:00:18 -0700
"Michael Heiming" <michael+USENET@www.heiming.de> wrote in message
> >> Michael <email@example.com> wrote:
> >> > I'm on my laptop doing whatever and could plug the video/keyboard of
> >> > server into my laptop and switch over to that view.
> Even if that would be nice, can't imagine that this would work
> out, the extra keyboard/video connectors most laptops have, are
> output not input.
A lot of laptops have S-Video in. I was hoping to leverage that. But the
> >> You do know that you can configure every server to be managed trought
> >> a serial console, don't you? Then what you need is a serial cable
> >> (and a laptop with a serial port of course).
> > Yeah, but I'm more concerned with annoying situations where a server is
> > rebooted and is hanging at an "F1" key. If the server is up, I can just
> > on the local network and SSH in (in most cases). It always seems to
> > when I'm at one of those datacenters where there is no KVM solution...on
> > these monitor/keyboard carts that you push around...
> Many x86 server have a serial BIOS redirection, or at least
> some management LAN port allowing to connect through telnet/ssh
> or/and some www browser. All you need is a cross-over LAN or/and
> serial cross-over cable.
Yeah, many do. Most of these don't. Some of the Compaq servers they have
have a product called iLO which works well.
Oh well, I was hoping that someone had solved this problem already...
Thanks for the replies.