[ILUG] [OT] Cheap-ish 1U or 2U rackable PCs
John P. Looney
jplooney-ilug at online.ie
Sun Mar 12 12:39:17 GMT 2000
On Sat, Mar 11, 2000 at 08:38:39PM +0000, David Murphy mentioned:
> > plus afaik it has that IRC == "integrated remote console" thingy
> > which might be very useful, eg stick a term server in the rack -
> > wire all servers serial ports up to it - and hey presto you can
> > telnet/dial in to your term server and remote boot your machines.
> How much control do you have from the serial port? Can you configure
> the firmware etc?
If you want those sort of niceity's, checkout HP's 2U offerings. you can
get a multiple-port serial card for your freebsd box, and connect loads of
HP's to them. The HP machines can be configure to support AXP (or whatever
that boot from the network thing is called), and to convert VGA to serial,
and send that over the serial port. So, you can power the machines on, and
nip into the BIOS remotely. They rock! They have three drive bays too!
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