> I'm currently in the process of acquiring some new console servers to
> provide us remote manageability of around 100 Sun boxes. We have
> traditionally used Lightwave console servers - however these (in there
> std form) don't provide secure remote access.
> Would like to hear of your experiences (good/bad) with all the various
> product offerings out there.
> Thanks in advance for any responses.
We use the Lantronix SCS1620 product. It is a 16 port console server
with SSHv2 support running linux. It supports looking up users in
NIS/LDAP/Radius, but we never saw the benefit of this and just create
local users on the device itself.
Every now and again it flips out with shared library errors and won't
allow us to connect to any of the servers or ssh into it until we reboot
it. Also by default lilo is not configured to automatically boot a
kernel image, so you have to be in front of the dumb terminal and hit
enter at boot time.
Both of these prolems are most likely fixable if we cared enough to call
tech support (or google "lilo").
And one time the character set was screwed up when connected to our E450
when we connected via SSH to the lantronix, though the character set was
correct if we used the dumb term directly connected to the lantronix.
This didn't end up getting fixed until we rebooted the E450, a reboot of
the lantronix didn't fix it.
Overall we have been very happy with it, but we have a rather relaxed
computing environment where reboots in the middle of the day aren't the
end of the world.