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Re: DATACENTER: Serial console concentrator/server

On Sun, Nov 07, 1999 at 03:05:24PM -0800, Doug Barton wrote:
> Joseph Chin wrote:
> > Like the Intel,
> > they too have the console redirect to serial port built-in. So you can
> > monitor the boot-up sequence to just before the system enters graphic mode.
> > It seems like a standard feature on higher-end PC servers (HP NetServers
> > have them too), but I don't know anything about the Dell PowerEdge.
> > 
> > To be honest, other than a few occasional fiddling in the lab, I haven't
> > used these PC server console redirect to serial port in a production
> > environment. RealWorld(tm) comments from anyone who have used such features
> > in battle-tested environments would be much appreciated.
> 	We have a collection of N440BX mb's from Intel which offer this
> feature. It's _very_ handy, since I do almost all work remotely. The one
> negative is that (AFAICS) it's display only, you can't enter BIOS
> command mode without a KVT. However it beats "blind reboots" with a
> stick, so I'm not complaining too much. This combined with FreeBSD's
> serial console ability make my life very much easier. 

Have a look at http://www.realweasel.com/, it's a "graphics" card for a
PC, with the output on a serial port.

A friend of mine has a beta version, looks very promising.


Jesper Skriver (JS4261-RIPE), Network manager      
Tele Danmark DataNet, IP section (AS3292)

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