Posts Tagged ‘direct connect’

A Multi-Layered Approach to Console Terminal Server Security

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

When deploying a console terminal server (http://www.wti.com/c-50-console-terminal-servers.aspx) in an out of band management application, one of the most important considerations is adequate security. Ideally, console terminal servers should be protected by multiple layers of security and authentication features, and generally speaking, the more layers the better. In addition to more common security features such as password protection and authentication protocols such as LDAP or RADIUS, some console terminal servers include an IP address filter, which enables the console terminal server to accept or reject potential users based on their IP address.

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Direct Connect – A Useful Feature for Out of Band Management Applications

Monday, May 16th, 2011

In addition to providing out of band access to console port command functions on remote network elements, a full-featured out of band management (http://www.wti.com/c-45-out-of-band-management.aspx) unit should also include functions that allow the unit to easily adapt to the requirements of a wide range of different network based applications. For example, if the out of band management unit will be deployed in a remote network management application that requires automated access to console ports on various network elements, then direct connect capability can often prove to be very useful.

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Create Direct Connections to Console Server Serial Ports

Friday, February 4th, 2011

In most network applications, a console server (http://www.wti.com/c-4-console-server.aspx) is used to provide out of band management access to console port command functions on remote network devices. But that said, there are also many other things that a console server can be used for. For example, in some applications, a console server is used in conjunction with a command script to allow a program to control port switching and connection functions, or to collect buffered data from connected devices.

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Direct Connect Capabilities for Out of Band Management Applications

Monday, December 27th, 2010

WTI Out of Band Management products include Direct Connect capabilities, that allow you to initiate a Telnet, SSH or Raw Socket session with the Out of Band Management unit and then make an immediate connection to a serial port of your choice, without first being presented with the Out of Band Management unit’s command interface. This allows you to connect to a TCP port that’s mapped directly to one of the Out of Band Management unit’s RS232 Serial Ports.

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Using a Serial Console Server to Create a Direct Connection

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

WTI’s TSM and RSM serial console server products both include a “Direct Connect” feature, which allows you to create an IP connection to an attached device, bypassing the console sever command interface. The Direct Connect feature allows you to initiate a Telnet, SSH or Raw Socket session with the serial console server and make an immediate connection to a specific RS232 port of your choice without first being presented with the command interface. This allows you to connect to a TCP port that is mapped directly to one of the console server’s RS232 Serial Ports. Direct connect employs unique, pre-assigned TCP port numbers for each RS232 port. The user connects to the port of choice by including the associated TCP port number in the Telnet or SSH connect command line.

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