I don't know if this was mentioned yet or not but we are using an IOGear
GCS1734 and it does the right thing where the Sun machines are
concerned. It emulates the keyboard connection for the unselected ports
during bootup so the video card is enabled. USB only so it won't work
with the older Suns.
Oscar Castaneda wrote:
> Seems like you received plenty of good sugestions about KVM switches
> to solve your problem.
> I just want to give you a different perspective to the problem. You
> probably remember our old IRIX servers. They are still running, in the
> same conditions as your Solaris boxes. What I do is that whenever I
> have to reboot them is the next: I plug a laptop to the IRIX box, with
> a serial cable. The laptop has installed a piece of open source
> software that emulates the unix environment and then you can see the
> whole shutdown/boot process in the pc monitor.
> Is simpler and cheaper. You can stop by whenever you want to check how
> the thing works.
> Wilson L Ndovie wrote:
>> NAG Group:
>> 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
>> quite rare).
>> 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 Ndovie
>> Jim Brown
>> Wilson L. Ndovie
>> PC Support
>> Geography Department
>> Michigan State University
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