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Greentree_uk
04-19-2007, 07:57 AM
Hi Guys,

haven't tried it and my xserve is racked in a diff room. but just what can you do with the serial port on the back of the xserve other than connect it to a UPS!


Thanks!

unclemac
04-21-2007, 12:49 AM
Howdy,

Well not too much else that I am aware of. There are RAID boxes and managed network gear that you could connect to configure or troubleshoot I suppose, but you can always use a USB to serial cable, so not a big deal.

You'll need software to play, so something like this:

http://www.macwise.com/


How about for virtual machines?

http://members.iinet.net.au/~mgl/MartysPlace/SerialParallels.html (http://members.iinet.net.au/%7Emgl/MartysPlace/SerialParallels.html)


Check out the table on this page of Serial devices. Work with a Mac? Dunno.......

http://www.labtronics.com/col.htm

All I could find from Apple:
Serial port access

If you prefer using a terminal window, Server Admin provides extensive command line tools to configure, monitor and manage your systems remotely using the preinstalled secure shell (SSH). And if network services are down, Xserve is equipped with a DB-9 (9-pin) serial port that lets UNIX-savvy administrators access the system through a serial console session.

Nicolas
04-24-2007, 02:37 PM
Serial port access

If you prefer using a terminal window, Server Admin provides extensive command line tools to configure, monitor and manage your systems remotely using the preinstalled secure shell (SSH). And if network services are down, Xserve is equipped with a DB-9 (9-pin) serial port that lets UNIX-savvy administrators access the system through a serial console session.



Yep, ;) this is the the way I am doing this stuff :)

By normal I configure our servers over Ethernet/SSH but if the Ethernet port fails for some reason or u instelled a new Network card whish needs to be setup this is the only way (if you don't have a keyboard and display connected) to setup setback things.

When installing Linux on servers the first thing is using the serialport to setup Ethernet.

Regards

Nicolas