Posts Tagged ‘console access server’

A Console Access Server Allows You to Manage Remote Network Sites without Expensive Service Calls

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

A console access server provides network administrators with a single interface for management of remote network equipment sites. When a console access server is installed at a remote network site, administrators can use it to access console port command functions on remote devices, create outbound SSH/Telnet connections to other devices, collected error messages and other data from connected devices and monitor and record events and environmental conditions at the remote site. If the console access server also includes environmental alarms or event alarms, network administrators can also be automatically notified when critical conditions or events are detected at the remote network site.

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Console Access Servers with SNMP Compatibility Simplify Remote Network Management

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

An out of band management solution that includes a console access server allows network administrators to access console port command functions on remote network elements, monitor critical events and environmental conditions at remote sites, and establish outbound SSH connections to other devices at the remote site. If the console access server also supports SNMP control, monitoring and configuration, then this provides network administrators with even more vital tools to simplify the management of remote network equipment sites.

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The User Directory – A Vital Tool for Managing Console Access Server User Capabilities

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

In a typical out of band management application, a console access server (http://www.wti.com/c-51-console-access-servers.aspx) is often connected to a variety of different network elements. This type of configuration allows remote access to console port command functions on each connected device, but it also creates a bit of a user management problem, in that you might not want to allow every user to have access to every connected device. A multi-level user directory often provides the best solution for managing multiple console access server users, and making certain that each user can access the devices that they need to access, yet are denied access to devices that belong to other users.

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The Temperature Alarm – A Vital Component for Any Console Access Server

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

When managing a remote network equipment site, there are many different factors that a network administrator needs to be aware of. In addition to monitoring events such as power supply abnormalities and device failure, there are also a number of environmental factors that must be closely watched in order to ensure network reliability. The most important environmental factor is rack temperature; when a console access server (http://www.wti.com/c-51-console-access-servers.aspx) includes the ability to monitor rack temperature, this drastically simplifies the task of remote management, by providing administrators with assurance that remote devices are not overheating or being subjected to excessive cold.

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Using a Console Access Server to Collect Data and Error Messages

Tuesday, February 1st, 2011

Most network devices can be configured to send a wide variety of different types of data via their console ports. In addition to data items that the network device may have collected via monitoring capabilities, many network devices can also generate status messages, error messages, activity reports and other types of data which are then sent out via console port. In many cases, this data is either lost or ignored, but this is actually a waste; data sent out via console port can be an extremely helpful tool for network administrators who need to review error messages and status messages after a significant network event. WTI console access server products (http://www.wti.com/c-51-console-access-servers.aspx) offer an easy way to collect and store this data, providing administrators with the ability to revue recently generated data for diagnostic purposes.

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Console Access Servers Detect Problems at Remote Network Installations

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

When a remote network equipment site includes a Console Access Server, network managers can access remote network elements via the console access server and address many network performance issues that might otherwise require a service call to the remote site. Console Access Server units provide a secure, reliable out of band management solution, that enables administrators to communicate with remote network elements, even when the primary network is down or unavailable.

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A Console Access Server with Environmental Alarms and Event Alarms

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

When something goes wrong (or even starts to go wrong) at a remote network equipment site, it’s vital for network administrators to know about it as quickly as possible. Environmental factors such as an increase or decrease in rack temperature and significant events, such as failure to respond to a ping command, can be an important indication that all is not right at a remote network facility. The most reliable way to keep informed about environment changes and events is to include a console access server with monitoring capabilities in the design of your remote network equipment sites.

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Why Does a Console Access Server Need Outbound SSH/Telnet Capability?

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

When managing a network, it’s always best to have several different ways to access command functions on remote network devices. Efficiently planned network infrastructure should always include an alternate path to allow communication with remote network elements when normal network communication is not available. A console access server that includes outbound SSH/Telnet capabilities provides a secure, reliable means to communicate with remote devices when normal communication channels are either down or impractical.

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Console Access Server Products for Out of Band Management

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

When normal in band communication is not available, WTI console access server products provide a convenient means to create secure, encrypted, outbound SSH connections to network devices via dial up. This means that even when can’t establish a normal network connection, you can still dial into a WTI console access server via modem and create outbound SSH connections to allow communication with devices on your secure local area network or intranet.

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A Console Access Server with a Lost Communication Alarm – Detect Communication Problems with Remote Devices

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Console access servers essentially provide an “emergency doorway” into your network, allowing timely access to servers, routers, switches and other critical network devices when normal avenues of communication are not present. When a remote network element crashes or freezes, a console access server provides a convenient way to access critical control functions on remote network elements, without the need to actually travel to the installation site in person.

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