[rescue] Small servers (was Re: WTT: 1.5G of PC2700 for 1G of PC100)

Patrick Finnegan pat at computer-refuge.org
Sun May 4 12:32:47 CDT 2008

On Sunday 04 May 2008, Lionel Peterson wrote:
> >From: Robert Darlington <rdarlington at gmail.com>
> >Date: 2008/05/03 Sat PM 11:52:32 CDT
> >To: The Rescue List <rescue at sunhelp.org>
> >Subject: Re: [rescue] Small servers (was Re: WTT: 1.5G of PC2700 for
> > 1G of PC100)
> >
> >The HP servers have their Lights Out Management (or whatever HP
> > calls it).  You can log in, reboot the machine, and watch the BIOS
> > check and all.  It's really handy when you need to reboot a box
> > from home.
> Dell's have the DRAC card, but it more than just a serial console
> (and quite pricey)

And, their KVM thing requires a firefox plugin that must be installed as 
root (or, in any case, somewhere in /usr).  Ick.

Sun's thing can do this by connecting using ssh (or a serial line) to 
their LOM controller.  Plus, it's just an embedded linux box that they 
give you all the source code to, and you could hack away at it to fix 
things, or add features if desired.

If Dell or HP offered ssh to connect to the darn thing instead of a 
crappy web interface, it'd be a whole lot more usable from home...

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