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I've seen this implementation before. At my last job, it was a two fold
solution. A remote power boot device and a serial console. As for
inexpensive, that's a whole other issue. What some people consider
expensive doens't match others.
If you are looking for a virtual reset button, you should only need to
look at the remote power boot devices. Something like this:
There are definately others out there. We picked this one because of
the amp load per circuit and costs.
Serial Consoles are a great thing depending on the application and need.
If you are managing a set of servers that you can't drive to, or
response times are imperative; this can create a suitable solution.
This can also be used for remote monitoring during installs via
tftpboot/kickstart/diskless image selection.
The flipside: This creates additional security considerations. You've
just created an additional access point to your machine/s, and aa access
point to power remotely. A definate consideration to be applied to the
deivce/s you implement.
On Sat, 2006-09-02 at 18:32 -0500, Alex wrote:
> Sorry if this is a little OT, but I thought it might be an appropriate
> question for this audience...
> Has anyone had much experience with RS232 (serial) <-> Ethernet adapters?
> Or what do you use to remotely manage a Linux server?
> I'm looking for something inexpensive that will give me remote access to
> the serial port and hopefully the capability to manually reboot the
> machine (e.g. push the reset button).
> I've recently seen how GRUB and the Linux console can be directed to a
> serial port, and I was quite impressed...
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