C6105 - Management
adam.nielsen at uq.edu.au
Sun Feb 20 18:47:01 CST 2011
> So i see that this box does not have a DRAC it uses IPMI for
> management. I have been playing with it a bit and so far so good
> however does anyone have any expereince of getting a remote console to
> it? I'd be interested to hear how it compares to a DRAC based box.
As far as I'm aware the DRAC is essentially just a front end to IPMI to
make it easier to use. I think you could get much of the functionality
without the DRAC if you're prepared to write the necessary monitoring
scripts, and have them run on another machine.
The only major difference is that I *think* the DRAC has hooks into the
video card, so you can use it to get a graphical console without
installing any software. But as you can only see this console in a
browser by using problematic plugins, many people (at least those
running Linux in text mode) don't seem to bother and stick with the
standard text console you can access over SSH...which I believe works
with IPMI's serial-over-LAN. (Or you could just plug a serial cable in
to the server.) That part is handled by the console redirection option
in the machine's BIOS.
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