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Re: Remote Resue Disk

Slightly off-topic maybe, but Intel's isp1100 (and above) 
boxes have a special server-BIOS that allows remote
control of the machine without OS help (text mode, that is)
That includes the BIOS itself.
As far as I hear, our server people are quite satisfied
with the machines, and they used to be prefering Suns...

"You can take control of the system remotely over the LAN or WAN, or 
access the front-panel serial port for BIOS setup/update or text-
based applications."


Jason Lim <maillist@jasonlim.com> 16 Jun 2001, at 17:02:

> 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.
> Sincerely,
> Jason
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