MIB Support Simplifies the Task of Managing Multiple Console Server Units

The task of managing an assortment of console server units located at multiple remote network equipment sites can often be quite a challenge. This is especially true in applications where console server users are continually being added and removed, operating parameters are constantly being changed and event alarms and environmental alarms are repeatedly reconfigured. It’s not so bad if you only have to change parameters at one console server unit, but what if you have to repeat the procedure for a dozen console server units? Fortunately, there are console server features that can simplify the process of making similar status changes to multiple console server units; one of the most popular and powerful of these features is support for MIB commands.

When a console server supports MIB commands, this allows network administrators to write MIB based scripts that can be sent to multiple console server units in order to uniformly edit user accounts, change configuration parameters, display unit status and perform other valuable management functions. Rather than accessing each console server individually, and manually navigating through the console server menu structure at each network equipment site to change the desired parameters and user accounts, administrators can broadcast a MIB based script to all effected console server units, and quickly make the same changes at multiple console servers via one convenient command interface.

In order to provide adequate management capabilities for a wide range of different console server applications, a console server unit should support a MIB command set that provides commands necessary to add and remove console server users, change serial port configuration parameters, view console server status, set alarm and monitoring parameters and receive alarm notification via SNMP from multiple console server units. These commands generally cover the most often used console server command functions, and provide adequate tools for administrators who need to write scripts to control common maintenance tasks at multiple console server units.

A console server provides network administrators with vital out of band access to console port command functions on remote network elements. In larger network applications, the value of these out of band management capabilities often means that administrators regularly need to communicate with dozens of different console server units, located at multiple remote network installation sites, scattered across your corporate network. The task of maintaining, updating and reconfiguring multiple console server units might seem like a formidable challenge at first, but when console servers include features such as MIB support, in many cases the task of managing multiple console server units is often no more difficult than managing only one console server unit.

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