Server Administration from the Beach in Cabo San Lucas
By Rick Ramsey on Feb 29, 2008
Imagine lying in a hammock on the beach in Baja California listening to the surf pounding and the seagulls squawking, once in a while lifting an eyelid to check the progress of the backup you're running, idly waving a hand in the air while revisiting the memory of your Old Man's lectures about how when he was a sysadmin he had to walk up the stairs both ways to get in or out of the office, and he was always carrying a 25 lb monitor on his shoulder. His office, of course, was a windowless dungeon three stories under a landfill. No wonder he drank himself to death.
Not you. Because your office is on the playa in Baja where the bongos begin to beat before dinner and even the drinks have umbrellas. Thanks to ILOM.
ILOM, which stands for "Integrated Lights Out Manager" but really means "I Laugh On Mondays," lets you control the server room in Cleveland from your laptop in, well, you decide. Here's how...
On the server side of the wire, ILOM is a service processor with firmware that comes pre-installed on Sun's newer servers and blades. It lets you manage the server without consuming server resources and continues running on standby power even when the server has been turned off.
On the hammock side of the wire, ILOM is a user interface that lets you monitor and control the performance of server components, including environmental conditions, voltage, power, and signals. It also lets you apply firmware patches, manage faults, inventory, and more.
It's actually not one user interface, but several: command-line (hoo-rah!), web browser, SNMP, and IPMI, which you can run independently or integrated within management platforms from our friends at IBM, Microsoft, HP, Computer Associates, and BMC.
To find out more, check out the latest article by the Doc team shivering in Sun's Burlington, Massachusetts campus (well, those who haven't been logging in from Baja since November):
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