I have a single Dell poweredge R-200 server in collocation. I need to be able to monitor devices to be aware of any possible failures. I am particularly worried about my ageing hard disks. Some nice people here suggested that what I need is to install "Dell Open Manage" however, the colo provider refused to install "any third party software" and suggested to get a IP KVM. So here is the question: What are the most affordable devices (if any) which should I look for?
closed as not constructive by Ben Pilbrow, coredump, EEAA, Scott Pack, sysadmin1138♦ Apr 18 '11 at 19:42
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How is Dell OpenManage Third Party software? It is Dell software on a Dell server. The R200 likley has a DRAC that allows remote access as well but would need an IP you can reach