[TriLUG] Re: remote hardware management
glcox at pobox.com
Wed Sep 6 22:16:50 EDT 2006
> The newer Dell boxes also come with IMPI over Ethernet that can be
> used to do some out of band monitoring/maintenance, and the older
> boxes have the 'BMC' backplane - although I've not looked into that
> all that much. I've yet to see what the new range (1950s etc..) have
> in the way of remote management.
I got a sales pitch from Dell before the 950's were released.
The DRAC5's on them sounded like improved some of the crappiness of the
DRAC4's (buggy Java clients, etc). One sexy bit (and this is a
retelling of something from a salesdroid, so, add salt) was that the
interface for the DRAC could be used for nongigabit in-OS connectivity.
I said to the droid, "So, I could use the DRAC port for out-of-band and
SSHing into the base domain of a VMWare or Xen, and keep the gigabits to
bond for the guest OS'es?", which got a response of "you're not the first
person to ask that, and, yes, that's possible."
Still waiting on work to get a 2950 in for me to play with, to that end.
Still waiting to see if the as-yet-unreleased 860's (the 850
replacement) are the right thing for my home setup.
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