KVM over IP (Was: Re: adding keyboard after reboot with no keyboard) ...

Marc G. Fournier scrappy at hub.org
Tue Apr 10 20:05:22 UTC 2007

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Does anyone know of a reasonably priced one?  Our newer servers, we've been 
using HP servers, so that we have this built in, but I have 6 older servers 
that I'd love to be able to deal with remotely without headaches ... I only 
need to be able to access one at a time ...

I've tried the 'serial console' route, but if the server crashes, logging in to 
the serial console doesn't show you anything, whereas, with the HP 'remote 
console' feature, its the same as a KVM, where running it does a screen 
refresh, so that I can see what is on the screen at the time of the crash ...

- --On Tuesday, April 10, 2007 10:09:37 -0500 Derek Ragona 
<derek at computinginnovations.com> wrote:

> At 09:55 AM 4/10/2007, Marc G. Fournier wrote:
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>> I hate it when a subject doesn't easily present itself ... but ...
>> Is there something that I'm missing, such that if I add a keyboard to a
>> server
>> *after* rebooting it with no keyboard, that will have that keyboard
>> recognized?
>> Basically, I have several remote servers, with no keyboards, but if I need a
>> tech to check something on the console (ie. the ethernet went down for some
>> reason), when they plug a keyboard back in again, there is no signal until
>> they
>> actually power cycle the machine ... which of course, is too late to do any
>> diagnosis :(
>> Thx ...
> This is a limitation of the hardware in the keyboards and the motherboards.
> The only solution I have found is to use a KVM switch which keeps the
> keyboard and mouse ports active during bootups.
>          -Derek
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