The HP IP console switch provides keyboard, video and mouse (KVM) connections to up to 16 direct attached servers. Users can tier
this switch with HP Server Console Switches, 8-Port CAT5 KVM Expansion Modules or legacy Compaq server console switches to a
maximum of 256 attached servers. The HP IP consoling solution utilizes CAT5 UTP cables between the switch and server, facilitating
cable routing and allowing for field termination of cable lengths. An interface adapter is used to convert the server's PS/2 or USB
connection to RJ45.
The HP IP consoling solution provides KVM access to any server with standard PS/2 or USB keyboard, video and mouse connection,
BladeSystems, or serial devices allowing a single switch to support a variety of device brands from one local console or over a LAN.
The IP console switching solution does not require the installation of any software on the attached servers, allowing users to connect
a single switch to servers running a variety of operating systems.
HP IP console switches are available in two models to support either 1 or 3 network users accessing KVM functions using the IP
console viewer software application that can be installed on Windows® or Linux workstations. Users can access the attached servers
through their LAN/WAN connection as if they were standing right in front of the rack.
Security for servers is controlled by either by user names and passwords configured and stored in non volatile memory in the switch,
or with the new Directory Services Integration option the user-ids, passwords and access rights can be integrated within Microsoft
Active Directory for enterprise-wide authentication and security