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Re: console server wisdom

> Are you looking for a serial or a KVM solution?

I don't have strong feelings. I'm mildly inclined to a serial solution
as it feels like it would be cheaper and simpler. $250 for two 4 port
serial cards and an old PC and a bunch of our time.

Wim Vinckier wrote:
> On 5/30/07, Dan MacNeil <dan@thecsl.org> wrote:
>> It would be nice for us to be able to remotely connect to the console of
>>  our various servers and on rare occasions to power cycle them remotely.
>> Does anyone have a 8 port console server they like ?
>> Console servers seem to be $100 to $200 a port. Does anyone have good
>> experiences with a few 4 port serial cards in an otherwise unused PC ?
> I've seen a clever solution on a beowulf cluster: COM1 of serverX was
> connected to COM2 of serverX+1.  COM1 of serverX+1 was connected to
> COM2 of serverX+2, ... This way they could at least see the console of
> the next server.
> I personally have some experience with perle hardware
> (http://www.perle.com/) but I don't have any idea about the price.
> wimpunk.

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