Posts Tagged ‘status message’

Using a Serial Console Server to Collect and Buffer Data Generated by Network Elements

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

A serial console server (http://www.wti.com/c-48-serial-console-servers.aspx) can perform a lot of different tasks in addition to providing an out of band management solution. In some applications, a serial console server is used to collect data, status messages and error messages that some network devices send out via console port.

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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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How Can a Console Switch Capture Error Messages from Network Devices?

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

Most savvy network administrators know that a console switch can be used to provide remote command access to console ports on network elements such as routers, servers and switches. This provides a valuable tool for remote diagnosis and troubleshooting of network devices, but an advanced console switch can also do a lot more than just provide remote command access. For example, a console switch can also be used to collect error messages and alarm messages that network elements transmit via their console ports.

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