Posts Tagged ‘console server management’

Console Server Management with Multiple Layers of Security and Authentication

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

Console server management provides an extremely powerful tool for network administrators who need access to console port functions on remote network elements. The ability to establish an out of band connection to a remote device in order to invoke diagnostic and troubleshooting commands is literally indispensable for any administrator who is responsible for remote, off-site network elements. Obviously though, the powerful capabilities of console server management also need to be protected from unauthorized access, and that’s why it’s so important that console server management products include multiple layers of security and authentication in order to ensure that sensitive command functions can only be accessed by valid users.


Check Device Conditions at Remote Network Installations

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

One of the most difficult challenges of managing a remote network equipment site is the task of keeping track of the condition of individual devices at the remote site. If a remote network element crashes, or is on the verge of crashing, then a network administrator needs to know about the problem before it effects network communication and complaints from frustrated users start to pour in. That’s why WTI Console Server Management products include a ping response alarm which can ping user-specified devices at regular intervals, and then notify administrators when one of those devices ceases to respond to ping commands.


A User Directory that Simplifies Console Server Management

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

A console server management product can be a very useful tool for network administrators who need to monitor and maintain remote network equipment installations. It’s also important to note however, that the same remote access capabilities that make console server management solutions so helpful, can also present a bit of a security challenge for administrators who need to allow users to access specific command and connection functions, while simultaneously ensuring that users don’t stray beyond the capabilities that they are authorized to employ.


Console Server Management and Rack Temperature

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

When managing remote network equipment, sometimes the environmental conditions in the equipment rack can be as important as the condition of the individual devices in the rack themselves. Extremely high or extremely low temperatures can drastically effect the performance of the devices in the rack, and in severe cases, temperature can even damage or destroy network equipment. With this in mind, it’s important that a console server management solution always includes the capability to measure rack temperatures and alert administrators when temperatures rise too high, or fall too low.


How a Console Server Management Unit Can Make Your Job Easier

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

If you need secure, reliable access to RS232 console ports on remote servers, routers, firewalls and other network elements, WTI console server management products provide an ideal solution. System administrators can reduce downtime by managing and troubleshooting devices from anywhere, without the need for on-site personnel or expensive truck rolls. WTI console server management units are available in either 100-240 VAC or -48 VDC powered versions, with RJ45 or DB9 serial ports, and in 40-port, 32-port, 24-port, 16-port or 8-port configurations.


SNMP MIB Compatibility and Console Server Management

Monday, November 22nd, 2010

When choosing a console server management solution, it’s vital to ensure that your solution provides compatibility with third party software products such as Openview or Solaris. The reason for this is because these products provide network administrators with a centralized point of access from which they can manage many different network devices scattered across multiple network equipment sites, instead of addressing each network component individually. The best way to make certain that a console server management product is compatible with these third party products, is to choose a solution that offers full SNMP MIB support.


An SNMP Enabled Console Server – Centralized Management for Remote Network Sites

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

Large, modern, corporate networks often include dozens of remote network equipment sites. Sometimes, these remote sites are located several states away; other times, they might be located on the other side of the Earth. With this in mind, it quickly becomes obvious that in order to maintain such a network, it’s vital for the network to include some sort of centralized management capability that allows network administrators to be kept informed of unit status at these remote sites. In many cases a console server that supports SNMP can provide an ideal solution for centralized management of remote network equipment sites in a large, far-flung corporate network.