Posts Tagged ‘remote network equipment’

Out-of-Band Access to Remote Console Port Command Functions

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

When a vital network element at a remote equipment site crashes or refuses to respond, network administrators are often left without a means to communicate with the remote site. In many cases, the problem at the remote site could easily be remedied if administrators could just gain access to the console port on the failed device, but with network communication down, the only alternative is a costly, time consuming service call. But it doesn’t have to be this way; an intelligently deployed Console Server can eliminate situations like this, by providing an avenue for out-of-band communication with devices at the remote site.

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An Out of Band Management Solution for DC Powered Equipment Racks

Friday, January 13th, 2012

When a vital network device at a remote network equipment site malfunctions or refuses to communicate, an out of band management solution provides administrators with a handy way to diagnose and correct problems at the remote site without the expense and inconvenience of a time-consuming service call. As a general rule, the more distant, remote and out-of-the-way the network equipment cabinet is, the more important it is to have out of band access to console port command functions when problems arise at the remote site.

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Keeping Better Track of Conditions at Remote Network Equipment Sites

Monday, December 26th, 2011

When managing network devices located at off-site data centers or in remote equipment cabinets, it isn’t always easy to tell when power to the remote network equipment has been interrupted and restored. Sure, you could always wait for users to complain that a server or router at the remote site didn’t recover correctly, but in a busy corporate network environment a network administrator often needs to be more proactive when it comes to dealing with power interruptions and disrupted network service. It’s pretty easy to tell when power at the remote network equipment site is out completely, but how does one recognize a situation where power momentarily blinks off and then back on again?

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The Console Manager – Vital Help for Remote Network Equipment Sites

Monday, December 12th, 2011

When an important network element located at an off-site data center or remote equipment rack suddenly locks up and refuses to communicate, the last thing you want to do is send a tech team off on a service call, merely to reboot the uncooperative network device or change a few communication parameters. A service call might seem like the obvious solution, but service calls are expensive, and the entire time that you’re waiting for the service team to reach the remote network equipment site, that important network device still refuses to communicate.

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There’s More to Remote Power Management than Just Remote Reboot and Power Switching

Friday, December 9th, 2011

When a network engineer adds remote power management capabilities to a network equipment rack, usually the principle goal is to provide on-demand reboot and power switching functions for an off-site data center or remote network equipment cabinet. Although on-demand reboot and power switching is indeed the central purpose of most remote power management applications, there are also other useful power-related capabilities that a remote power management solution can provide that can help to further simplify the task of managing remote network equipment.

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Outbound SSH/Telnet Provides Another Alternative for Console Switch Communication with Remote Network Devices

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Most network administrators are already familiar with the concept of using a console switch to create an out of band connection to network elements at a remote equipment site, but it might come as a surprise to some that a console switch can also be used to provide out of band access to a local network at a remote equipment site. When network equipment cabinets are located so far off the beaten track that direct network communication with the cabinet is not possible, a console switch that supports outbound SSH/Telnet can be employed to allow users to access a local network at the remote site via dial-up connection, and then communicate with any device on the local network at the remote site.

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Remote Power Management – A Vital Capability for Off-Site Network Equipment Applications

Monday, October 31st, 2011

When a server or a router at an off-site network equipment cabinet suddenly locks up and refuses to cooperate, in many cases a simple power reboot is all that’s needed to get an uncooperative network element back up and running again. Unfortunately though, due to the remote nature of off-site data centers and distant network equipment racks, rebooting a frozen router or server is often much more of a challenge than it would be if the device in question was located a few steps away from your office.

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Using a Network Power Switch to Keep Tabs on Remote Network Equipment

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Remote network equipment sites always present a unique set of challenges for the network administrator. Due to the distant location of off-site data centers and remote equipment racks, they are obviously more difficult to access than a local equipment rack. This means that not only is it more difficult to perform routine maintenance and troubleshooting functions at a remote equipment site, it’s also more difficult to keep track of potentially harmful conditions and events at the remote site.

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A Good Warranty is Often the Best Indicator of the Quality of a Serial Console Server

Friday, September 16th, 2011

In any network application that requires the management of network elements located at remote equipment sites, a good serial console server can provide network administrators with indispensable tools for monitoring and controlling conditions at the remote site without the need for a human presence at the site. The importance of the functions that are provided by a serial console server makes it doubly important that the serial console server will always be up and running and available for use when it’s needed the most.

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There are Two Ways to Reboot Remote Network Devices – The Hard Way and the Easy Way

Friday, September 9th, 2011

When managing vital network devices located at remote data centers and offsite equipment cabinets, even simple tasks can sometimes prove to be a challenge. Often even routine remedies for common network problems, such as power reboot operations, can take on a whole different dimension due to the remote location of the network equipment site, and the amount of time and trouble that it takes to travel to the site in person. A simple power reboot, that might take two minutes to accomplish on a server or router located at your office, can require days when the server or router is located miles from the central office, at a distant network equipment site or offsite data center.

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