Using the remote console feature

The management module supports remote control of blade servers, as if you were at the local console.

The remote console allows you to access the video console of a blade server remotely, with keyboard and mouse control, using a stand-alone Java application window that launches when you click Start Remote Control from the Blade Tasks → Remote Control page. This separate browser window provides both the remote console and remote disk features (see Using the remote disk feature).

During a remote console session, only one blade server at a time can own the BladeCenter unit shared keyboard, video, and mouse (KVM). The remote console allows you to dynamically select which blade server controls the BladeCenter unit shared media tray, remote disk, and KVM (choices vary based on your BladeCenter unit type). Remote console sessions are terminated by closing the remote console window.

The remote console is a Java 2 applet that requires the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) plug-in. If the JRE plug-in is not installed and you are connected to the Internet, you will be prompted to install it; otherwise, you must obtain and install the JRE plug-in before you can use the remote console.

The remote console is supported by JRE version 6.0, update 10 or later.

Remote console supports the following standard VESA video modes:

All standard DOS VGA modes are supported.

The operating system of the remote console system you are using will trap certain key sequences, such as Ctrl+Alt+Del in Microsoft Windows, instead of transmitting them to the blade server. You can transmit these trapped key sequences by using the button bar that is at the top of the remote console window.

Graphic illustrating a remote-control session page for an advanced management module.