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RE: Proper Break entry for Ctrl-Alt-Del (Rackable Systems)

Perpetua.Killam Perpetua.Killam@rbccm.com
Tue, 29 Mar 2005 12:06:54 -0800 (PST)

I don't know if I should ask this or if this is going to make sense to

We are having some bizarre outcomes. 

When we login to  client consoles from the console manager(let's call it
- consolmgt ) , we were able to go directly to the prompt.

Lately, we noticed it goes to the lantronix device prompt for the first
time and then the second time around ,goes to the client prompt.

Any ideas?

Please let me know


-----Original Message-----
From: users-bounces@conserver.com [mailto:users-bounces@conserver.com]
On Behalf Of Trevor Fiatal
Sent: Tuesday, March 22, 2005 3:36 PM
To: Zonker Harris
Cc: consoles@conserver.com; users@conserver.com
Subject: Re: Proper Break entry for Ctrl-Alt-Del (Rackable Systems)

As long as we're on the topic...

I have been favorably impressed by Sun's V20z and V40z servers, which 
incorporate a Linux/PowerPC management subsystem capable of doing 
console redirection and power-cycling.  The mgmt unit has an internal 
3-port etherswitch-on-a-chip, with 2 of the ports exposed as RJ45's on 
the back panel.  This enables you to daisy-chain a whole stack of these 
guys to just two ethernet drops -- the servers at each end of the 
daisy-chain get connected to the patch panel.

Oh, and the serial-port redirection software used by the mgmt unit? 
It's a modified variant of Conserver.  :)


Zonker Harris wrote:
>   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
> servers.
>          -Z-

Trevor Fiatal -- trevor@fiatal.net
650.862.3715 (mobile)
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