KVM over IP (Was: Re: adding keyboard after reboot with no
jerrymc at msu.edu
Wed Apr 11 21:19:35 UTC 2007
> Marc G. Fournier wrote:
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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
> >>>*after* rebooting it with no keyboard, that will have that keyboard
> >>>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
> >>>reason), when they plug a keyboard back in again, there is no signal
> >>>actually power cycle the machine ... which of course, is too late to do
> >>>diagnosis :(
> >>>Thx ...
> >>This is a limitation of the hardware in the keyboards and the
> >>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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> >Marc G. Fournier Hub.Org Networking Services (http://www.hub.org)
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> Reasonably priced in US $
> You can get a KVM switch from Newegg.com for a little over $100. US.
> Hawking Technology CS168 8 Port is what we installed in our rack here.
Is it operable from a network connection? That seemed to be
a main requirement. There are lots of KVMs that can be hooked up
to a monitor and keyboard and even a few that have some special control
port. But, the ones that take a plug-in with a network cable to login
and control it tend to be quite expensive.
I would like to find an inexpensive one that takes a net connection as well.
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