KVM

I'm looking at an IP-KVM. I don't need anything high res as I only
need to see Linux consoles, BIOS, and RAID. What I am looking for:
Non-Java client that runs on Linux (or a WebUI that will deploy a
decent RDP or VNC session over SSL).
Decent/configurable key mappings (ie, I've had a KVM a while ago where
you had to pull down a menu for F-keys - not cool).
Decently priced dongles (say ~$100?)

I started looking at the Raritan devices (which can be found really
cheap on ebay) but I only see a Java client and no mention of
installing a client on Linux.

I've used the star tech devices in the past. Most modern systems have some sort of RDP or Java thing on the IPMI that mostly work.

- Jared

I've never used this but saw it mentioned on a mailing list and wished
we hadn't already purchased something else:
http://us.adder.com/products/adderlink-ipeps It uses the VNC protocol.

We'd already purchased the SpiderDuo from Lantronix which is reliant
upon a Java Webstart client (unfortunately) but works well:
http://www.lantronix.com/it-management/kvm-over-ip/securelinx-spiderduo.html

Derrick

I have heard only good things about opengear.

Joe

We have used a couple of the Adderlink devices and they work pretty
well. One model is kind of handy in that in addition to the IP/VNC
console, you can also connect a keyboard and monitor to it so you have a
"local" console as well. We have had success connecting the Adderlink to
standard KVM switches so we effectively have access to multiple consoles
through the one device.

Steve

Lantronix has some tools for enterprise management of the IP-KVMs.
Look at http://www.lantronix.com/it-management/management-platform/vslm.html

FYI: Most newish IPMI or IP-KVM have limited to full TLS/SSL and IPv6
support. Enable TLS/SSL to secure console access to your servers.

Raritan makes good IP KVM (VGA, USB/PS2).
For serial, I would go OpenGear.

We have an Adderlink box. It sometimessssssssssssssss doesnnnnnnnnnnnt see kkkkkkkkkkkkey up events.

Related -- kinda.

A while back someone used to sell a cable / thingie that would allow you to use your laptop as a keyboard and monitor. Basically it had a VGA / HDMI and PS/2 port on one side, and a USB port on the other -- you'd plug the USB into your laptop (and run some client) and the VGA / PS/2 into a server, machine, whatever. Whatever the server sent would show up on the laptop -- basically this means you can avoid having a crash cart. I've done a crappy job of explaining it, but does anyone know what I'm on about? Who made this? It is still available?

W

http://www.startech.com/Server-Management/KVM-Switches/Portable-USB-PS-2-KVM-Console-Adapter-for-Notebook-PCs~NOTECONS01

I'm looking at an IP-KVM. I don't need anything high res as I only
need to see Linux consoles, BIOS, and RAID. What I am looking for:
Non-Java client that runs on Linux (or a WebUI that will deploy a
decent RDP or VNC session over SSL).
Decent/configurable key mappings (ie, I've had a KVM a while ago where
you had to pull down a menu for F-keys - not cool).
Decently priced dongles (say ~$100?)

I started looking at the Raritan devices (which can be found really
cheap on ebay) but I only see a Java client and no mention of
installing a client on Linux.

Related -- kinda.

A while back someone used to sell a cable / thingie that would allow you to use your laptop as a keyboard and monitor. Basically it had a VGA / HDMI and PS/2 port on one side, and a USB port on the other -- you'd plug the USB into your laptop (and run some client) and the VGA / PS/2 into a server, machine, whatever. Whatever the server sent would show up on the laptop -- basically this means you can avoid having a crash cart. I've done a crappy job of explaining it, but does anyone know what I'm on about? Who made this? It is still available?

I thought about doing it this way and went with the lantronix spider instead.

I thought about doing it this way and went with the lantronix spider
instead.

the lantronix is expensive but rocks

randy

KVM Console to USB Laptop Crash Cart - KVM Switches | Server Management | StarTech.com

Oh yeah, that's the one… $470.. Now I remember why I didn't buy one when I first saw it…

W

They are cheaper at CDW