[SunHELP] Terminal Server / SC Management recommendations?

William Enestvedt William.Enestvedt at jwu.edu
Mon Jan 9 14:12:04 CST 2006

   I have a couple of Cyclades TS-1000 units for console servers, and I
like 'em.
   The servers (280Rs to V890s) all have a monitor and keyboard & mouse
(don't ask), but this gives me a secure, remote conection to the RSC
cards (which can't and apparently _won't_ do SSH!).
   A recent issue of "SysAdmin" magazine had information about
terminal/console servers (some of which was more marketing-oriented than
technical) that might help you geta feel for what's out there. As for
me, I *like* having a secure, remote connection to the things even when
they're frozen at the 'go' prompt.
Will Enestvedt
UNIX System Administrator
Johnson & Wales University -- Providence, RI

> -----Original Message-----
> From: sunhelp-bounces at sunhelp.org
> [mailto:sunhelp-bounces at sunhelp.org] On Behalf Of Micah DesJardins
> Sent: Monday, January 09, 2006 2:14 PM
> To: sunhelp at sunhelp.org
> Subject: [SunHELP] Terminal Server / SC Management recommendations?
> I'm currently researching my options for console connections on new
> Sun Servers and it looks like I'm going to need some sort of RJ45
> serial connection.  I know I could get a Null modem cable to connect
> the machine to my desktop box's serial port but I'm trying to get more
> information about how other people with a small installation (say less
> than 8 servers?) are dealing with console management?
> What's the consensus if any on unifying devices? I know there are
> serial expanders, but my understanding is that there can be problems
> if the expander loses power (sends a halt to all servers) I know there
> are some console servers endorsed by Sun (Avocent, Cyclades,
> Lantronix) the cheapest I can find is around 800ish.
> How are you dealing with console management for small installations?
> Micah DesJardins
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