> I have the problem to have to support a server and a workstation
> (both under Solaris 8) which are far from the company in a remote
> subsidiary. We have an Annex terminal server connected to the WAN
> and to serial line (ttya) on both machines. When we want to run the
> console over the terminal server, we have to disconnect the keyboard
> - in this case console will run over the serial line.
> Anyway, we want (and sometimes need) to use the graphics screen when
> on the site of the machines. And it is quite inconvenient to plug/unplug
> the keyboard and reboot any time we want to do so. I was told there is a
> solution how to have both graphics terminal and console over serial line
> running, yet our local Sun support guys couldn't tell us. Any hints?
There ought not to be a problem.
Leave the keyboards detached, you really do not need them.
To access the console (in text mode) for basic problems,
you have your annex; you can use that from a neighbor
machine as well as cross country.
From the $ prompt, do a
telnet annex port
and (after maybe the annex authenticating)
the login will be there.
'annex' needs to be in your /etc/hosts, of course,
and 'port' is 5000 + the number 1-8 of the serial port
For graphical access, you also use a neighbor machine,
after exporting it's IP:0.0 into $DISPLAY.
Or do this from your luggable computer, which must then
have its own X-server running.
(assuming you wish to access the server from a luggable under X)
connect luggable to local hub/switch
make sure IP's are setup correctly (test by pinging mm.nn.qq.rr all ways)
if you wish, all machines in all /etc/hosts (test by pinging machine names)
on your luggable, telnet into server, and authenticate
then at the $,
export DISPLAY=mm.nn.qq.rr:0.0 ; /mypath/myprogram &
the & is there to leave your text console available