We have a number of Linux, Sparc and SAN devices in our lab which can
use serial port consoles. Rather than plugging in a serial cable every
time we need to access one, I was hoping to find some kind of solution
that allows remote access to the serial console. These are lab machines
so security is not such an issue...
I have used multi-port serial adapters before, although it was a while
ago. Can anyone recommend good, reasonably inexpensive hardware that
allows up to 8 serial connections to one box and is supported by Linux.
Preferably internal - with RJ11/RJ45 connectors.
More importantly: is there software that will make it simple to manage
several consoles at once? I am thinking of a cross between VNC/screen
and minicom. In other words, software that will remember the state of a
serial connection even if the user is "disconnected", and that will
manage locking so that several users can access the same console at the
same time. An X-terminal client would be a plus.
Failing that, I expect minicom + screen will do the job. But I really am
looking for something simpler to manage.
Thanks in advance,
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