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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?

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closed as not constructive by Ben Pilbrow, coredump, EEAA, Scott Pack, sysadmin1138 Apr 18 '11 at 19:42

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Unfortunately product recommendations are off-topic here, as they are not only subjective but can become very irrelevant very quickly. In future when other people browse this question, the information will possibly be out of date or factually incorrect, and we don't like misinformation here. – Ben Pilbrow Apr 18 '11 at 19:27
Shopping recommendations are off topic, but I have to say that if this is your server in a colocation facility, then you ought to be able to install whatever you want on it. You are going have to do it yourself, which seems to be why they're telling you to buy a KVM. Do you not have any kind of remote access already? – DerfK Apr 18 '11 at 19:31
Sorry guys, I don't want to break rules just thought there are some generic range of devices which can be mentioned without pointing to any specific products. – alfish Apr 18 '11 at 19:34

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

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Well, the only access that I have to the server is through usual ssh terminal. Do you think that it is possible to install Dell Open Manager this way? – alfish Apr 18 '11 at 19:35

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