Different Command Interfaces for Different Console Server Users

Once a console server has been installed and configured, in most cases you won’t need to communicate with it very often at all. But when you do need to communicate with a console server, it’s nice to know that you have several different options for accessing command functions and aren’t limited to just one command interface.

WTI console servers include three convenient user interfaces; a command line interface (CLI), a web browser based interface and an interface that’s designed specifically for PDA users. This might seem like more than you need in many cases, but each command interface is designed to fit the different needs of specific types of console server users.

The command line interface is probably the most basic of the three, and consists of a series of simple menus that are used to access command and configuration functions. The Command Line interface can either be operated by accessing various menu items, or by invoking simple ASCII commands to select the desired features and operations. The command line interface can be accessed via TCP/IP Network, dial-up modem connection or via a local PC connected to a free console server serial port. In spite of its simplicity, the CLI is probably the most widely used of the three available console server command interfaces.

The Web Browser interface provides a graphic, WYSIWIG system for selecting parameters, reviewing unit status and invoking commands. In addition to the usual command and configuration parameters that can be accessed via the command line interface, the web browser interface also offers powerful graphing features that can be used to display temperature history, power events and other unit characteristics in several easy-to-read graphic formats. The Web Browser interface is only available via TCP/IP network and requires that users access console server command mode using JavaScript enabled web browser.

The PDA interface is only available to users who contact the console server using a PDA device such as a BlackBerry. Although the PDA interface allows only limited access to command functions, it does provide the ability to review unit status and current port use details.

All three of the command interfaces discussed above are protected by powerful security and user authentication features. In addition to requiring a username and password, WTI console servers also protect access to sensitive command functions using TACACS+, LDAP, Kerberos and RADIUS. Command and port access privileges can also be restricted for each console server user via a convenient, multilevel user’s directory.

For over 30 years, Western Telematic, Inc. (WTI) has been an innovator in the field of remote management for IT facilities. Our comprehensive product line includes a wide range of Serial Console Server products, Switched PDU products and Remote Reboot Switch products to provide secure, remote management of servers, routers and other devices.

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