[CentOS] using a Laptop as a KVM console?

Dale Dellutri daledellutri at gmail.com
Wed Oct 13 14:20:16 EDT 2010


On Wed, Oct 13, 2010 at 12:31 PM, Rudi Ahlers <Rudi at softdux.com> 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?
>
> --
> Kind Regards
> Rudi Ahlers
> SoftDux
>
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Your request inspired me to try a google search:

  linux laptop as kvm console

Apparently there is such a device (URL may wrap):


http://us.startech.com/product/NOTECONS01-Portable-USB-PS-2-KVM-Console-Adapter-for-Notebook-PCs

It may require a Windows XP  or Mac laptop, but at least one page says it
works on Linux, too.  You could try to contact StarTech, I guess.

-- 
Dale Dellutri
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