Looking for remote console access card that works with FreeBSD
ohoyer at gaff.hhhr.ision.net
Sun Feb 8 04:30:02 PST 2004
On Thu, 5 Feb 2004, Richard Coleman wrote:
> I'm looking for a remote console card that will work with FreeBSD 5.2 or
> -current. The machine is a Dell Poweredge 2450.
> By remote console card, I'm referring to a PCI card that uses a separate
> network connection so that you can remotely access the equivalent of a
> serial console via a web browser or telnet/ssh session. Essentially, I
> need to have remote access to single user mode on a collocated box.
Well, there are basically two solutions to this issue:
1) What you describe above, is a remote management card. Dell
such ones, have a look for DRAC:
These are similar to Compaq iLO etc... (I never worked with them,
because we deployed solution #2)
2) Have a standard terminal server like cyclades TS-xxx available, on
this thingie you connect via ssh/telnet and the ssh-session is hooked up
to a serial port. Verrry nice, those cyclades are quite stable, _and_
they offer buffering for console output, so in case of trouble you
notice the last lines of console messages.
(For the archives: I personally like the Compaq iLO, because it also
offers quite sophisticated remote monitoring via SNMP, also the HDD's
are being monitored for failure etc...)
Olaf Hoyer ohoyer at gaff.hhhr.ision.net
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