[TriLUG] Re: remote hardware management
cgbullock at yahoo.com
Wed Sep 6 15:13:44 EDT 2006
I know this will not help you now, but we are ordering all of our new HP servers with the Advanced ILO, pack. It gives you console access, virtual power, media, etc. I just got 2 servers, put them in my rack, plugged in my ILO and came back to my desk. From my desk I installed RHEL 4.3 and haven't seen the server since.
i'm reaching the point where i have a significant number of servers at my
colo facility. it has become evident that i could use two things:
1. a way to access multiple hosts via serial, that way i can communicate
with them even when networking fails, or i iptables myself out by mistake,
or sshd dies, etc. something that takes up only 1u of space, can provide
serial access to ~16 machines, and accepts ssh connections. the other
option is an IP kvm switch but that seems like a clunky alternative.
2. a way to power cycle hardware in a worst case scenario. something like
an intelligent power strip that can be accessed via ssh or serial that
individual control of outlets.
i know these devices exist, i just don't have any firsthand experience
them to know what works well and what doesn't. any suggestions or
recommendations would be welcome.
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