of all, what is KVM?
A: KVM stands for keyboard, video
and mouse. The most powerful way to connect to any computer
is directly to the keyboard, video and mouse ports. This connection
requires no special software or hardware modifications to
the target computer, works with any type of machine and provides
the highest level of control.
simple is installation?
A: Installation is easy. After you
connect the DS1800 appliance to an Ethernet connection, simply
install DSAuthentication, DSAdmin and DSView Service software.
- DSAuthentication is a WindowsNT service used to prevent
unauthorized access to the DS1800 system.
- DSAdmin is used to configure and maintain the system. It
also lets you describe the configuration of computers and
switches attached to the DS1800.
DSView provides a simple user interface for accessing servers.
This GUI interface shows the operators a list of computers
to which they have permission to connect. Clicking on one
of those computers establishes a connection between DSView
and the appropriate port on a DS1800.
I access the servers if the network is down?
A: Yes. The DS1800 can be configured
on a separate network so that you can access and control your
servers, even if the primary network is down.
the DS1800 have real-time performance?
A: For typical usage, performance
will be at or near real-time. Screen refreshes occur in less
than half a second.
many users does the DS1800 support?
A: There is virtually no limit to
the number of users the DS1800 can support. The DS1800 can
support 8 concurrent users. Each additional DS1800 unit can
also support 8 concurrent users. The number of concurrent
users is only limited by total bandwidth available.
you hot plug servers?
A: Yes. You can add and remove servers
without powering down your DS1800 and other attached servers.
the DS1800 support multiple servers on the same client? If
so, how many?
A: Yes. The DS1800 can support multiple
servers on the same client monitor. You are only limited by
the amount of information that a single network connection
and PC can process and display.
is a typical cost per port?
A: When configured with eight of
Avocent's AutoView 424 24-port KVM switches, operators have
access to 192 computers for a cost of only a few hundred dollars
for computer. The DS1800 unit is $10,000 and site licenses
range from $2,500.
can I get more information on this revolutionary KVM over
A: Order your free DS1800 Information
Kit, which includes a white paper and CD explaining:
What to look for in server access solutions
Why analog switching solutions are not enough for today's
server management issues
Why DS1800 is the ideal solution for tomorrow's server management
Get your kit today. Call 1-866-AVOCENT or log onto www.avocent.com/DS1800KIT
needs DS1800 KVM over IP technology?
A: Anyone who needs to control hundreds
of thousands of racks of servers can benefit from the power
of DS1800 technology. Avocent has combined the power of the
Internet with KVM connectivity to give you access to any server
in your network.
is DS1800 and how can it help me manage my servers?
A: DS1800 is the first "KVM over
IP" solution for server management. DS1800 breaks new ground
in network access and management by providing secure connections
to an unlimited number of servers. It sends digitized packets
of information across TCP/IP connections to provide 24x7 local
or remote access to servers throughout the enterprise, even
if the primary data network is down.
types of servers can be attached to the DS1800?
A: The DS1800 supports PCs running
Windows 3.x, Windows 95/98, DOS or Windows NT/2000. Sun systems
and USB computers also are supported.
|Q: Do I
need to install any software or drivers on any of the target
A: No software is required on the
target servers; DS1800 is a hardware solution designed to
integrate into your existing network infrastructure.
running software applications for server access today. Why
do I need DS1800?
A: Software applications such as
PCAnywhere or NetMeeting can be used to see and control the
desktop of a remote computer, but they have limitations, which
- not enabling the user to access the computer when the machine
is still at the "Shell" or BIOS level.
- requires special software to be run on each computer being
accessed, which may interfere with other programs
- not working between different computer types and operating
|Q: If my
primary network is down, can I still access the machine?
A: With DS1800, you can easily reboot
the server from any location and view the CMOS level settings
while it reboots.
does DS1800 technology work?
A: Because DS1800 leverages industry
standard LAN equipment,, complex wired configurations are
no longer necessary. DS1800 converts analog KVM signals in
real time to digital form and then transports them using standard
Ethernet protocols. The data is then fed into compression
engines which compare the information already transmitted
to the operator with the new information from the server.
Once those changes are analyzed, they are sent to a high-powered
processor which packs the information and transmits it via
the Internet to the operator. This user can now view the computer
video through a PC-based program called DSView.
A: It is a necessity that a system
with the power to control the KVM signals of an attached computer
be highly secure. The DS1800 employs a system that relies
on an Authentication Service to determine user access rights
to computers. The Authentication Service also establishes
the communications between DSView and any DS1800. An administrator
describes the topology using an application called DSAdmin.
Once this is described, the administrator establishes which
computers a user or group of users can manipulate. These user
names and groups are derived directly from the Windows NT
administration tools, eliminating the need for redundant management