[SASAG] network-enabled ILO-ish device for desktops?

Branen Salmon sasag at nenarb.net
Mon Aug 3 14:50:56 PDT 2020

Hi, Nathaniel!

It sounds like you're after something like this:


It's a standalone device running a web server that presents an HTML5
client.  I haven't used this generation of Raritan KVM, but I've found
previous generations to be less infuriating than the other brands I've
used.  :)

Depending on your use case, you might also consider Intel AMT/vPro or a
newer version of your vendor-supplied ILO firmware, if your hardware
supports it.  (Some vendors--like HP and Supermicro--have been adding
HTML5 KVM clients in their ILO updates.)

I'm sure these approaches would be more hassle to get running than the
Raritan boxes would be, and they both have pretty scary security
implications if there are any server-side bugs (e.g. DMA), but having
the KVM built into your hardware would be pretty convenient.


Good luck!  Let us know what you wind up going with--I'll certainly be
interested to hear.


Quoting Nathaniel Middleton (2020-08-03 17:10:13)
> Greetings everyone!
> During Covid- it has become apparent that I have a few linux desktops that could use an ILO/BMC for
> remote management- where OS-dependent tools are failing to provide manageability.
> While the DIY community has some tempting options ([1]pykvm being one of them), I have been having issues
> finding a device that seems like it would work all that well.
> I would like to find something that can support DVI/ USB inputs/outputs, a html5 remote console (avoid
> Java), and be able to find the device as it travels around a remote location with the first level techs
> (also not require a client/server pair for management as you typically see in server rooms).
> Anyone come across good options for this in your wanderings?
> Thanks much!
> -Nathaniel 
> References:
> [1] https://pikvm.org/

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