RE: Remote Resue Disk
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> From: Florian Friesdorf [mailto:email@example.com]On Behalf Of
> Florian Friesdorf
> Sent: Sonntag, 17. Juni 2001 16:40
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Subject: Re: Remote Resue Disk
> On Sat, Jun 16, 2001 at 05:02:55PM +0800, Jason Lim wrote:
> > Hi all,
> > I was about to develop my own "Remove Rescue Disk)... but thought
> > maybe you had a better idea or had already done this...
> > Regularly if the hard disk fails or needs a manual fsck (usually
> > just pressing y throughout), then it means a trip to the
> > datacenter
> at whatever
> > ungodly hour it may be for this relatively simple task.
> > If it was possible to create a boot disk with a simple telnetd
> > (and minimum network support) and static e2fsck utilities, then,
> > in
> theory, all
> > that needs to be done is to insert the disk, reboot the server,
> > and the telnetd binds to a special, pre-defined IP just for this
> > emergency purpose. Then I can telnet in from home or wherever,
> > run
> e2fsck, mount the
> > drives, see /var/log/syslog, etc. to see what went wrong. After
> > the repairs, the disk can be removed, and server rebooted.
> > Does this sound realistic? Even if 2 disks or even 3 were
> required, if it
> > means I can save a trip to the datacenter it would be worthwhile
> > to do.
> > Perhaps you guys have thought of something similar, or maybe
> there already
> > IS something like this out there? Any ideas/suggestions would be
> > greatly appreciated.
> Another approach would be, (however you need at least 2 computers)
> to connect the computers serial ports with null-modem cables and
> tell lilo and the kernel to use the serial port as console.
> You then logon on the one computer to get the console of the other.
> Kind of a cheap console server.
> I have not tried it, but I think it should work.
> Could someone comment on this?
I'm using this solution for my ISDN-Router. This is a small linux-box
with no vga-card. You have to add the line "console=ttyS0" to your
lilo config, and then you can use a terminal program (minicom, etc.)
to control the box. If you add a serial getty in your /etc/inittab,
you have a console too. (this is very usefull, if your nic isn't
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