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Trevor Fiatal firstname.lastname@example.org
Tue, 22 Mar 2005 12:36:27 -0800 (PST)
Lest I forget, I also wanted to point out the Remote Management options offered by Rackable Systems...
http://www.rackable.com/products/remotemngmt.htm (Check out the Flash-driven demo...)
They have an interface that piggy-backs on one of the COM ports, provides the ability to power the unit *on*, *off*, or cycle the power off-on, and also reset the unit. (It gets power from the PS when the server is off...) There is also some environmental monitoring built into the unit, but it can also support external probes as well. The unit has an LED that can be commanded, as well as an LCD panel that you can send a message to (for on-site staff to read) using the console interface. When the system boots, if the OS console is redirected to that COM port, it is passed through as well.
It's a very cool tool, built into the servers, so you
don't need to use one of the rare card slots on a 1-RU
server. If you're looking for new hardware, consider
these as an option to buying a cheaper server plus the PC Weasel card.
The PC Weasel can work in most servers, and it uses short cables from the Weasel card to the KBD and Mouse
ports for commanding BIOS and etc., while Rackable's Lights Out features are only available on some of their
-- Trevor Fiatal -- email@example.com 650.862.3715 (mobile)