Re: Remote Resue Disk
Dang... these are off-the-shelf servers made from various components. Most
use AWARD bios afaik :-/
----- Original Message -----
From: "Marcel Hicking" <email@example.com>
Sent: Monday, June 18, 2001 8:15 PM
Subject: 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 <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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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