[SASAG] network-enabled ILO-ish device for desktops?
bthaniel at gmail.com
Thu Aug 13 10:47:32 PDT 2020
Quick follow up on my impressions when using this device:
*Things I like:*
vga over HDMI is possible- for older devices, or just basic on board
Supposts 389/636 (TLS-capable), I have not spent the time to set this up
Support seems to be good (see: login lockout below)
It seems to work for my purpose. I am sad that the html5 interface is so
laggy... but I don't need Java at least.
The html5 console is essentially useless- this makes sense as to how many
warnings they gave about it. Lowering resolution etc. may be beneficial
here. I also did not follow the chain to see if my remote status impacted
this performance- or if the device it was plugged into was from the 90s.
Very laggy cursor. I plan on ditching this for the VNC option.
AD auth is set to one target for IP address/hostname- not uncommon for
these devices- simple way to gain a checkbox of account integration.
Locating this box is a bear when it migrates around networks. I have not
spent time on improving this yet, but I use a tool that keeps track of mac
addresses around the building... and that works well for me.
The power brick consumes (3) slots on a power strip. POE would be preferred
if they were to make a new unit.
Get a case + cables for an all-in-one package (especially handy if you
operate via remote hands). I stole this idea from a coworker- while it is
simple, it is worth considering if you purchase this unit.
We are using a pelican case that is bright orange.
It supports power on/off remotely (apparently) but the wiring harness for
this is proprietary and hard to get. You might want to check for
this harness if you are interested in that option.
I work with "advanced support" on all sorts of desktops- ranging between
$600 units with onboard HDMI to $50k desktops with lots of high-end
graphics cards... and a VGA port. Finding the default display port to use
is hard- and communicating how to debug this to a remote person is also
hard. Survey your arena and plan accordingly. I am using hdmi as the
primary cable, then getting small units to change that to vga,dp,dvi. VGA
over hdmi is supported on this box- though I have yet to test this option
By default- you get 3 logins before you get kicked for 10 min. You do not
get a heads up that you are unable to auth during this time... so I spent
more time trying to update my hand firmware than I would like to admit.
They say this can be changed- but I did not dig into it.
Name this device well. Give it flashing lights or something. I predict it
will be lost at some point.
Hope this helps inform. Highly appreciate the efforts here!
On Mon, Aug 3, 2020 at 2:51 PM Branen Salmon <sasag at nenarb.net> wrote:
> 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
> > While the DIY community has some tempting options (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:
> >  https://pikvm.org/
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