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can anybody recommend/suggest a terminal server(s) for use with sun kit such as ultra60s, sunblade 1000s etc? I've used IOLANs in the past but they were really fiddly and needed special cables making up in order to work. something preferably cheap and cheerful! :-) ian...

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    Default recommended terminal servers for ultra60s and sunblade 1000s

    can anybody recommend/suggest a terminal server(s) for use with sun
    kit such as ultra60s, sunblade 1000s etc?

    I've used IOLANs in the past but they were really fiddly and needed
    special cables making up in order to work.

    something preferably cheap and cheerful!

    :-)

    ian
    Ian Guest

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    Ian Diddams <com> wrote: 
     

    'Fiddly'? 'Special cables'?

    Admins of sun servers don't drive the terminal server market, so you're
    not likely to find anything that ships with lots and lots of stuff ready
    to plug into a sun.

    More likely you'll get a unit with RJ-45 conectors, then you can use
    straight through cabling onto a connector on the Sun. You can build
    your own or have them made.

    The Cyclades boxes tend to be well-liked, plus they have SSH support,
    which many other solutions do not. There's also DIGI and any of the
    router companies should have an offering too.

    I can't think of any hardware product like this that I would describe as
    "cheap". If you're more interested in price, you might want to consider
    a throwaway PC with one or more multiport serial cards. Throw linux or
    Solaris x86 on it and you've got a box you can secure and then connect
    to the ports. For a small number of ports, you can probably do that
    more cheaply than a dedicated box.

    Now if you want 32 RJ-45 ports in a 19" 1U rack slot, you probably can't
    do that on any normal intel box and you'll have to spring for the custom
    solutions.

    Check the sun-managers archives. I think this was well summarized there
    in the past couple of months.

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    On Fri, 19 Sep 2003, Darren Dunham wrote:
     

    Used Portmaster 2Es are cheap (less than $100) - but of course,
    not as feature rich or fancy as some of the more expensive (and
    better alternatives).

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    On Fri, 19 Sep 2003 17:20:09 +0000, Rich Teer wrote:
     
    >
    > Used Portmaster 2Es are cheap (less than $100) - but of course,
    > not as feature rich or fancy as some of the more expensive (and
    > better alternatives).[/ref]

    I currently use the Digi brand and they are pretty good. They are nice
    as they support ssh and are capable of using nfs to put all the
    console logs onto an nfs server for easy parsing/monitoring.
    soleblazer Guest

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