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Paul Archer parcher at
Tue Apr 17 09:29:48 CDT 2012

I would also suggest:

1) if you run all of your test environments in VMs, then as long as the 
host doesn't go down, you'll have remote access.

2) relatively cheap IP enabled KVMs can be found on eBay that will give 
you remote access to your host pretty much independent of the hardware.


Paul Archer <paul.archer at>
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On Tue, 17 Apr 2012, John Alberts wrote:

> On Tue, Apr 17, 2012 at 7:59 AM, J. Epperson
> <Dell at> wrote:
>> While true in general, the thing I almost invariably end up wanting but
>> not having when I build servers on non-server hardware is a remote
>> management interface like a DRAC or an ILO.  Being able to remotely power
>> cycle and remotely mount CD/DVD images is huge when you're not always
>> sitting beside the thing.
> While I completely agree about the importance of some type of remote
> management system for any production server, I wouldn't recommend a
> student waste his money on it.  The DRAC and ILO solutions are great
> and very easy to use.  I don't think there's a need to buy one to
> learn how to use it.
> I completely agree with James Bensley's comments.  Don't waste your
> money on purchasing a server.  Unless, of course, you just want a
> server to say you have a server. :)
> Any old computer will do for learning Linux and any apps that you want
> to learn along with it.  If you don't have another computer to use,
> try using a free micro instance on EC2 to get started.
> -- 
> John Alberts
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