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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 4:25 pm    Post subject: Help me remember the name of the hardware Reply with quote

Usually deployed in datacenters, something like a remote KVM switch but also has the ability to do a hard reboot of the boxes it is connected to.

The best I could do is find this: http://znark.com/tech/serialconsole.html (or this from Google) but I can't recall the name of the device.

It is probably called netboot/netconnect/netpower/ or something.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

KVM over IP? http://www.kvms.com/Landing/IP-KVM-Central.aspx

If the machines are Intel vPro then you can just use their 'active management technology' jazz, same effect but tidier.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 4:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, essentially kvm over IP but has a specific name.
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Out of band SSH access
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 04, 2013 11:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ILOM?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 1:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 1:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

BoneKracker wrote:
Insufficient information to provide useful response.
Like what?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 1:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

pjp wrote:
ILOM?
Something very similar, except it is a hardware.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 2:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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BoneKracker wrote:
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Like what?

It might be helpful to know what kind of machines the servers were (i.e., architecture, operating system), the OS and/or software you were using to work with it, anything about the nature of the hardware in question (e.g, types of ports in and out, size, age, country of origin, anything of that type).
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 2:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doesn't matter.

But if it helps, they're x86 boxes. Nobody uses any other architecture anymore. (And obviously Linux :roll:)

The thing I have in mind could be as simple as a serial console cable connected to a buddy server, a kvm switch like one from aidanjt's post or a specific like the firmware mentioned in pjp's post.

Apparently goes by many names, RLM in NetApp storage, some other name in HP servers. I'll see if I can get people to use the KVM-over-IP switch.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 4:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

HP uses ILOM as well, they just call it iLO Management Engine (I don't think it used to be that long, but maybe it was just abbreviated) and GSP, MP.

Without more details, the only hardware I'm familiar with are KVM switches, ILOM (old Sun used ALOM). Often KVM is used in conjunction with LOM. LOM is hardware, not just firmware (power is separate from the server vs. LOM hardware).

I've also seen some serial port adapters and "switches" or hubs. None were x86, and I don't think were suitable for remote management.

Wait... are you thinking of a serial console?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2013 4:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

pjp wrote:
Wait... are you thinking of a serial console?
That appears to be the closest to what I'm looking for.

Edit: Ah yes, that is what I'm looking for. StarTech is the company I remember used to provide these boxes.
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