2015-11: Out of Band Management

Location:  The Working Centre 58 Queen Street South, Kitchener, ON (plan)
Date: 09 Nov 2015

Out of band management : how do you manage servers when the servers are not directly accessible?
What tools and technologies do you use?
Under what circumstances do you find these tools helpful?

Meeting Notes

– Kirk’s introduction

– Hard drives: SMART data (gsmartcontrol)
– How do you protect these tools from the Internet?
+ Devices have separate LAN connections should be cabled to separate VLANs
+ Remote connections: secured with certificates

– Intel vPRO is better supported than AMD Dash
– Other than DMTF it is not standardized

– What are the credentials?
+ Serial connections to public key crypto
– What happens if there is no connectivity?

Is this of use to us?

– Some of the ground is covered by virtual machines
– None of us are planning to implement this?
+ A lot of it depends on hardware support

– Monitoring tools: Cacti (graphs), Nagios (alerts)
– pfSense firewall
– Mikrotik routers

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