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Monitoring a Rack Server with Laptop

Discussion in 'Networks & Internet Connectivity' started by phykell, 20 Jan 2006.

  1. phykell


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 4,410

    Assuming I have a rack-mounter server that I need to do some maintenance on. Ideally I'd be able to plug my laptop in and use the laptop's keyboard/mouse/display to control the server. Obviously I could just plug a monitor, keyboard and mouse in but surely there's some sort of way of using a laptop and some extra bit of hardware to accomplish the same?
  2. tolien


    Joined: 16 May 2003

    Posts: 25,368

    Location: ::1

    Remote desktop/VNC/equivalent?
  3. computer techie


    Joined: 18 Jan 2006

    Posts: 40

    Location: Maltby Nr Rotherham

    use the built in windows remote assistance works every time for me using my laptop and servers ive worked with
  4. Space Cowboy

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 19 Oct 2002

    Posts: 1,082

    There's definitely a market for a laptop with a KVM input (or some kind of adaptor)... but I don't believe it exists.
  5. Burbleflop


    Joined: 7 May 2003

    Posts: 4,247

    Location: Away from here

    I use an IP enabled KVM. Expensive for a single server, but great for a whole data centre full of them.
  6. CoXeY


    Joined: 6 Feb 2004

    Posts: 689

    Location: Herts

    I know Dell do the DRAC 4 card that enables remote management of the server over the web - same look and feel as the open manage software.

    Alternatively Remote Desktop or SSH are also good tools of the trade
  7. phykell


    Joined: 18 Oct 2002

    Posts: 4,410

    I was just thinking of that terrible scenario. You dropping off a server to be colocated and you've forgotten to set the IPs of the NICs. No problem if it's your own data centre but if you have to pay each time you visit your server, and you have no monitor or keyboard with you, it's a bit annoying. Many servers have KVM outputs on the front panel these days, I just thought it'd be nice to walk along with a laptop and a suitable interface and just plug it in. As "Space Cowboy" says, there must be a market for something like that. Oh and about the DRAC4 cards or similar (HP do one for theirs as well I think), yes I'd always recommend one - they work a treat and save on expensive, accompanied visits to your host's data centre.
  8. OllyM


    Joined: 16 Aug 2004

    Posts: 6,192

    Location: New Jersey, USA

    Yep, it's called ILO (Integrated Lights Out) and does a similar job.