Black Box 1108 Console Server User Manual
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Value Line Console Servers
Secure, remote console access that‘s very affordable.
»Enable you to use a single user interface to manage multiple serial console ports and devices.
»Accessible in band (Ethernet or secure Web tunnel) or out of band via a dialup modem link.
»For high availability, support
»Protect data over a public network with
»Easy to restore configurations. For easy rollback, you can store multiple local boot images locally.
»Support up to 50 concurrent sessions (SDT tunnels).
»No limit on the number of clients who can access one gateway or the number of hosts accessed concurrently through one tunnel.
»Robust LAN console port management with secure Serial over LAN (SoL) access and Secure Remote Desktop access to Windows® XP/2003.
»On the LAN port, each gateway can port forward to an unlimited number of locally networked hosts (computers or routers).
»Authentication protection. Also enable you to restrict access by IP address, password, or account.
»Cascadable ports. Cluster multiple units so up to 1000 serial ports can be accessed via one IP address and be managed at one location.
»Flexible system management options (including SNMP, HTTPS, HTTP, CLI in Linux Shell, Nagios® distributed monitoring, and
»Embedded DHCP server for managing LAN devices.
»NTP, TCP/IP, and UDP/IP network compatible.
Reach multiple server console ports and a LAN remotely with the affordable Value Line Console Server
With Black Box® Value Line Console Servers, there’s no need to spend a lot for efficient, remote console server management.
With Value Line Console Servers, you can get access to data center systems for reliable 24/7 uptime without sacrificing security, flexibility, and interoperability with your current server environment.
Use a Value Line Console Server as a gateway to remotely access servers, virtual servers, and similar network IT equipment. You can also reach routers, switches, firewalls, PBX systems, and many other network infrastructure
Another benefit: The Value Line Console Servers provide easy access to service processors. Many pricier console servers don’t, which can be a real shortcoming if you want to connect to today’s newer servers that include service processor cards or sideband interfaces by default.
Even better, the Value Line Console Servers use the Linux® OS platform, so there’s no dealing with proprietary protocol issues when you want to customize it to your specific requirements (a developer kit is included to help you get started). Use this
Power Strip or UPS Linux®, Solaris®,
Value Line Console Servers come with a GUI and embedded tools for remotely managing power devices for UPS/RPC monitoring, graphing, and alarms.
A simple browserbased interface gives you an easy, intuitive way to consolidate the management of hundreds of ports and UPS systems over a single IP connection.
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In the data center, use Value Line Console Servers to:
»Simplify the management of computer, telecommunications, and power equipment, especially in large centers (those occupying
an entire floor or multiple floors in a building) .
»Better control power dissipation and make better use of equipment space, especially in processingcentric centers with row after row of racked server clusters.
»Rigorously control access privileges, while monitoring and logging all access events
to better enforce enterprise security policies.
In the SMB server room, use them to:
»Simplify the control of servers and gear racked in a single room, especially in
»Set up a single integrated gateway to locally and remotely manage all serialand networkconnected devices, particularly newer servers
with embedded service processors and baseboard management controllers (BMCs).
»Set up encrypted authenticated access for local and remote access.
»Enact better strategies for disaster avoidance.
Reach equipment out of band securely.
In addition to remote
Just attach an external dialup modem to control and manage your distributed network of servers and other devices with the latest in console access. Typically, you do this via Telnet software, using an SSH tunnel through the console server to communicate securely with serial
Value Line Console Servers come with an SDT Connector application. Through this
Robust advanced encryption keeps all connection communications secure. In addition, the console servers give you a choice of filtering and access logging facilities, which you can archive
Set up to scan the serial stream and send alerts.
To help ensure maximum uptime, Value Line Console Servers proactively scan the serial stream on console ports, searching for specific errors and phrases.
The console servers support SNMP and SMTP alerts/traps for serial ports and hosts. Simply set the trigger condition for each port, and the console server monitors port traffic for your defined character stream pattern or phrases. If they’re detected, the console server sends SMS text or an
Also, the console server informs you of its operating status. An LED on the back of the unit flashes a “heartbeat” periodically, and its “heartbeat monitor” agent can trigger
during network outages. The heartbeat monitor checks that the console server is indeed
Through a serial connection, you can access the Value Line Console Server’s RPC menu to select your type of serial RPC device. The console servers support most popular network and serial PDUs. And if your PDU isn’t on the default list, then you can add support directly.
Both administrators and users can access and control serialand networkattached PDU power strips. You can initiate the action you want to take by outlet, whether it’s turning it on or off, cycling, or checking its status.
Hotkey power on a PDU or an RPS.
A Value Line Console Server is also the ideal solution for situations where you need
Using a hotkey from the command line interface via SSH or Telnet, you simply launch the console server’s remote power control (RPC) menu, through which you can turn power on (or off), power cycle, or just check the power status of a particular device. Or you activate
power status control and monitoring through SNMP. Value Line Console Servers support thousands of PDU or RPS units, for both serialand
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In branch offices, use Value Line Console Servers to:
»Simplify the control of distributed office server rooms or wiring closets containing servers, UPSs, PDUs, and network devices.
»Set up a centralized
»Ensure maximum system uptime for sales offices, the
In smaller service provider applications, use them to:
»Better serve the IT needs of clients in different offices by keeping servers and equipment up and running on a continuous basis.
»Support new services while at the same time reducing the need for
»Avoid the need for numerous
Supports GNU bash shell script.
Some products in today’s market use proprietary protocols for communications. In contrast, Value Line Console Servers give you access to the Linux core, including bash. This makes them ideal for industrial control applications where you need to remotely manage proprietary equipment with custom protocols.
Through the Linux kernel, you can write custom scripts that can run manually or automatically. This way, you proactively create
You can write custom scripts so they run each time a particular alert triggers. For example, you can set it up to power cycle on a managed device when a specific alert event occurs or to send multiple notification
T e c h S p e c s
Compliance — FCC Part 15 A, UL® 1950, TUV,
LAN Console Port Management — Secure SSH tunneling (TCP/UDP); Secure Remote Desktop access to Windows® XP®/2003; Secure VNC access to Sun, Windows, Linux computers; secure HTTP(S) access to
Memory — LES1108A: 16 MB SDRAM, 8 MB embedded flash; LES1116A, LES1148A: 64 MB SDRAM, 16 MB embedded flash
Network Protocols — NTP, TCP/IP, UDP/IP; Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, PPP,
included); PC compatible
Security and Authentication — Secure Shell
Serial Console Port Management — SSH tunneled serial bridging; Windows 2003 Server ACS and EMS support; Sun/Solaris® ready (no inadvertent breaks); Break over SSH support; port triggers with SMNP and
CE Approval — Yes
Connectors — Serial: LES1108A: (8)
Local console and modem serial port: (1) DB9 F
Operating Environment — Temperature: 41 to 122º F (5 to 50º C); Humidity: 5 to 90%, noncondensing
Power — LES1116A, LES1148A:
Consumption: All: Less than 20 W
Size — LES1108A: 1.2"H x 8.2"W x 4.9"D (3 x 20.8 x 12.4 cm); LES1116A, LES1148A: 1.75"H (1U) x 17"W x 8.5"D (4.4 x 43.1 x 22 cm)
Weight — LES1108A: 3.7 lb. (1.7 kg); LES1116A, LES1148A: 8.5 lb. (3.9 kg)
Types of users supported
Value Line Console Servers support two classes of users:
•Administrative users, who are authorized to configure and control the console server, and to access and control all the connected devices. An administrator can access and control the console server using the config utility, the Linux command line, or the
•Members of the users group, who are only authorized to perform specified controls on specific connected devices. When authorized, they can access serial or network devices and control these devices using the specified services, for example, Telnet, HTTPS, RDP, IPMI, Serial over LAN (SoL), power control. An authorized user also has a limited view of the management console and can only access authorized configured devices
and review port logs.
(2) CAT5 cables
AC power cable
Quick Start Guide and user manual on
LES1116A and LES1148A:
(2) CAT5 cables
IEC AC power cord
Quick Start Guide and user manual on
Value Line Console Servers
Need more redundancy, accessibility, and storage?
See our Advanced Console Servers (LES1208A/1216A/1248A), offering:
• Dual 10/100 Ethernet ports
• 2 GB of USB flash memory
• Dual AC power supplies
• ”Rolled” style ports for easy
connections to Cisco® devices
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