[rescue] rear end rescue :-)
nick at snowman.net
Sat Nov 15 11:38:50 CST 2003
Do not even consider the dell switches. I bought 5 for my company, and in
6 months ~7 failed. Go with the Cisco 2970 if you really need 24gig on a
budget. As to the console server, that's alot more flexible. I rather
like the 2509/2511.
On Fri, 14 Nov 2003, Curtis H. Wilbar Jr. wrote:
> Not really ontopic rescue... however I respect the great pool of
> knowledge on this list, and hope that the fact that this "rescues"
> my butt to be close enough to not aggravate the off topic gods....
> I'm contracting with a company, and there are a few things we need...
> 1. a "enterprise" class switch... at least 16 ports, but 24 would
> be better. Something that does Gig and 100baseTX. If it were
> not for the fact that they want the Gig for interserver traffic
> I'd recommend something like a Cisco 2924XL. If it can do
> 10baseT as well that would be good in case we have the odd
> console server, etc that might need it. Right now they have a
> Dell gigabit switch... but it really is a workgroup type switch
> (no management, vpn, etc). Reliability is key... it has to
> be reliable and dependable.
> 2. a console server... either serial, or one of those fangled
> ethernet attached video/kb/mouse ones... and if that type it
> would need to have "client" access from Windows or Linux.
> A Livingston Portmaster 10 port (we only have half a rack at
> a colo) would be great... only improvement would be something
> like that that would support ssh to it rather than just telnet.
> (I set it up so telnet to a port # gets you to a console port
> on a hosting box, then I filter those ports out from coming in
> the ethernet and setup local users that initiate telnet's to
> localhost and the appropriate port number... only problem is
> since you can only telnet, the password used is in plaintext
> so for real security it should be changed each time it is used
> so if they only supported ssh).
> What would make a cool device is a "dongle" that you connect to
> a serial port, and took ethernet in... and supported ssh :-) ...
> that would be cool if it could be produced cheaply enough (although
> a bit wasteful on IP addresses).
> Thanks to anyone who has any constructive tips and recommendations.
> -- Curt
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