[CentOS] using a Laptop as a KVM console?

Nataraj incoming-centos at rjl.com
Wed Oct 13 14:12:51 EDT 2010


Rudi Ahlers wrote:
> Hi all,
>
> Has anyone seen something like this before:
>
> I want to use a laptop as a KVM console. Basically when a technician
> goes to one of our datacentres, or clients he has to look for a free
> LCD, keyboard & mouse to connect to a server (no network access,
> reinstall, troubleshoot failed kernel / HDD, etc). And then hopefully
> there's an open power socker in that cabinet.
>
> So I'm thinking why not just use a laptop instead? It already has an
> LCD, keyboard, mouse & power. Surely someone has, or may still, build
> something that could connect to the laptop's USB port(s) and then to
> the server's VGA & USB / PS2 ports, then act as a KVM?
>
>   
I was looking for something like that. http://www.aten.com  has  a bunch 
of devices that might work for you.   It's unclear from their web page 
weather any of the single port devices will do what you want, though 
they definitely have multiport kvms that are accesible over TCP.   I 
have no experience with their products. 
<http://www.aten.com/products/productList_altusen.php?pcid=2006041110563001&psid=20060411131311002&layerid=subClass1>

Nataraj



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