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The IBM Global 4x2x32 Console Manager provides enhanced remote management, access, and security capabilities with out-of-band access to servers, network equipment, and other devices with serial configuration or console ports from a single appliance. This unified approach improves staff efficiency by reducing the time required to remotely diagnose, reconfigure, repair, or restore servers as well as network devices and other hardware with serial configuration and/or management consoles.
Local user connections:
Local displays are connected to the console switch using VGA analog connections. Keyboard and mouse must be USB attached and two USB ports are provided for this purpose. Two additional USB ports are provided for the attachment of devices such as optical drives or memory keys. These devices can be made available on remote target systems provided Virtual Media Conversion Options are used to connect to those target systems. Note, however, that the Virtual Media Conversion Option does not support chaining of target systems.
The GCM32 has 32 target system ports (known as analog rack interface or ARI ports). These can be directly attached to systems with the appropriate USB or PS/2 conversion option connector on the end. These connections use standard CAT-5 cables. You can increase the number of connected target systems by two methods: chaining or a tiered arrangement of switches (more about these below). Both methods mean that each of the 16 ports will have multiple systems connected to it. You can mix connection methods.
Remote access via Ethernet or Modem:
Remote access to console switch and to the target systems is via a Web browser. The switch provides agentless remote control and access. No special software or drivers are required on the attached servers or client. Access is normally via a standard Ethernet network, requiring that the console switch be connected to the network via one or both Ethernet ports. Connecting both ports provides redundancy. Additionally, if a modem is connected to the modem port on the console switch and the modem is connected to a telephone (PSTN) system, then you can dial the console switch via your modem and establish an out-of-band connection to the console switch using the Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP) for remote control. V.34, V.90, or V.92 connections are supported.
These are cable-connector combinations that are connected between the CAT-5 cables from the console switches to the target systems. The KVM Conversion Option (KCO) is suitable for target servers with VGA and PS/2-style mouse and keyboard connections. The USB Conversion Option (UCO) is for systems with VGA and USB connections. The Virtual Media Conversion Options (VCO and VCO2) supports the virtual media capability of the console switches; however, they do not support chaining. We describe both virtual media and chaining later in this document.
Local and remote user interfaces:
The OSCAR interface of older console switches has been replaced by a Web browser interface, which is accessible both locally and remotely. You can use the local management interface by connecting directly to the local port to manage the GCM16 switches. You can also use the remote browser interface to manage your switch. The browser interface is launched directly from the switch, and any devices connected to the GCM16 switches are automatically detected. The local and remote user interfaces share a similar look and feel.
The GCM32 supports virtual media when the target systems are connected using the Virtual Media Conversion Option Gen2 (VCO2), part number 46M5383. You can use virtual media support to connect USB 2.0 media devices to the console switch using one of the four USB ports and make those devices available to any connected system. With this feature, you can install software; install, upgrade, or recover the operating system; update the BIOS code; or boot the target system from a USB drive.
Compatible with Lenovo System x3620 M3 and Lenovo System x3950 X5.
# Ports: 32Connector: HDDB15, RJ-45, USB Type AConnector Type: Ethernet, USB, VGA
switch, rack mounting kit, (2) power cables, RJ-45 to DB9F adapter, RJ45 to DB9M adapter, (32) terminators, documentation
1.7"h x 17"w x 9.2"d
(1) HDDB15 VGA
(4) USB Type A
(1) serial port
(1) ACI port
(1) modem input
(4) RJ-45 LAN
(32) ARI RJ-45