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Re: Help: Basic setting up and requirements

Zonker consoleteam@gmail.com
Tue, 31 Aug 2010 15:04:43 GMT

  Hi Lee,

  Nate has offered one good configuration, which is based on a common implementation that will scale well up to very large sites. (Cheers, Nate! :-) But, the roots of Conserver allowed the conserver host to have multi-UART serial boards in the Conserver server, and that may be a cheaper model for you to start.

  You can get some more basic information from a couple older tutorials that I have posted at http://www.conserver.com/consoles/Training/published.html  Specifically, take a look at the basic tutorial from LISA 2002 (http://www.conserver.com/consoles/Training/LISA2002-T9.PDF) or the Bay-LISA talk (http://www.conserver.com/consoles/Training/BayLISA-consoles.ppt).

  Nate's reply presumes that server X and the others are all some variant of Linux/UNIX. Is that true in your example? (If servers A, B, and C are some variant of Windows, for example, the newer machines do allow some monitoring of the boot process using "serial console redirection" settings in the BIOS, and some servers (ex: HP, Dell, Rackable) have Service Processors (*LOM) which even allow you to remotely reset the server, or command the power on and off... so, Conserver can even help with Windows servers as well.)

      Best regards,


On Tue, Aug 31, 2010 at 1:08 AM, Lee Eric <openlinuxsource@gmail.com> wrote:

I'm a newbie at conserver. I have several PCs and servers need to
manage and I don't know if conserver can help me. I read the basic.cf
for beginning but I think there are some concepts I may miss. So I got
some questions here.

1. What equipment do I need to use conserver to manage them? Every
machine has a console port, but nothing connected.
2. Does conserver can use LAN to manage machines using console?
3. What configurations need to set up for machines including BIOS and
OS? My OS is Fedora 12.

So let me show the environment I have. There are 4 machines.
A(, B(, C(, X( So A,
B, C will be clients, X is the server which is running conserver. They
are just connected with a switch, they are all have console ports as
well. But console ports are nothing connected.

My question is can I use conserver to view the console information of
each client? If yes, can anyone show me a basic configuration example?

Thanks very much.


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