At the College of Engineering, we have been happy with the
purchase of several Avocent Autoview 2000s. You can chain
the controllers, you can buy appropriate modules for each
server type, and they send keyboard, mouse, and video over
a CAT-5 cable back to one of the controllers. We have
USB/VGA dongles, and we tested them briefly with a Sun Blade 100
which worked fine. I believe they also sell dongles for
older sun types. Most of our rackmount servers are
Windows, FreeBSD, or Linux.
On Thu, Mar 09, 2006 at 05:40:10PM -0500, Wilson L Ndovie wrote:
We am planning to purchase a new KVM switch for
our server room. The majority of the machines
are Windows servers, but there are also a couple
of UNIX boxes in (Sun Solaris). Currently,
the Sun systems are running as "headless"
servers, but connecting a monitor and keyboard
would sometimes be useful for troubleshooting
purposes, especially if the system does not come
up cleanly during a restart (which is actually
At any rate, since we will be purchasing a KVM
for the Windows machines, it might be nice to
have a "multi-platform" switch that we can use
with both the Windows and Sun systems at the
same time. We considered getting a KVM for the
Windows machines and possibly a serial console
switch for the Suns. but something that could
combine the two platforms to use a single monitor
and keyboard whould actually be quite handy.
Has anyone out there made use of a multi-platform
KVM that will work with both Windows and Sun Solaris
systems? Any recommendations?
All input will be most appreciated.
Wilson L. Ndovie
Michigan State University