Introduction - What KVMoIP Can Do for You
You can access the KVM web interface directly from your EasySpeedy Control Center. Just point to the server you wish to manage, and go to the KVM menu.
These are some of the strong features of the KVM over IP:
- Install any operating system (Linux, Windows, BSD, Solaris) onto your X7000 server using your local machine's CD/DVD device or an ISO image as the installation media.
- Monitor your boot progress and see if any errors occur.
- Initiate a file system recovery.
- Troubleshoot non-trivial OS configuration issues.
- Determine exception and kernel panic errors.
- Select different kernels.
- Fix incorrect firewall and network settings.
- Disable SSH and use the KVM/IP for remote access.
IPMI for out-of-band KVM
The EasySpeedy X7000 series dedicated blade servers incorporates Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) for KVM. IPMI is a standard management protocol invented by Intel. It allows for out-of-band management and remote control of server regardless of the servers power-state.
Out-of-band access is a very powerful tool to operate, and to manage your server and quickly diagnose problems. Imagine a scenario where your server is unable to boot the installed operating system, or a network/firewall configuration problem which causes your server to become otherwise unavailable. With out-of-band KVM access you can just open your server screen from your Control Center to quickly diagnose and fix the problem.
Changing Power State
The power state can be changed through the web interface. Just go to Remote Control →Server Power Control.
From the Power Control page you can choose either of the following actions to perform:
- Reset Server
- Power Off Server - Immediate
- Power Off Server - Orderly Shutdown
- Power On Server
- Power Cycle Server
Remote Console Redirection
When launching Remote Console from the web interface, a Java program is downloaded and launched to show you the screen of your server and to redirect mouse and keyboard input.
You can open redirection by navigating to Remote Control → Remote Console from the remote management web interface.
Using KVM you can mount local media devices directly to your server. E.g. an ISO image file. This is particularly useful if you need to boot your own provided operating system.
To attach a storage device, you need to launch console redirection first. In the console redirection window, select Media → Virtual Media Wizard.
Below is a screenshot of the Virtual Media Wizard. To mount an ISO image just clickBrowse and navigate to the ISO image file you want to mount. When done, click Connect CD to attach it to your server.
To boot from the attached virtual media, you need to reboot the server and press F11during BIOS POST to open the boot selection menu.
During POST the server displays that you need to press F3 on remote keyboard to launch the boot selection menu, that only applies for serial console redirection, as the KVM keyboard is "directly attached" to the server.
Select USB:PeppCmm Virtual Disc 1.