While installing Linux on a new 1U server for a customer, I managed to play around
with our new MegaRAC®
K1, a rather neat KVM that works over TCP/IP. While it can be
hooked up to a Linux system, the remote display software only works under
Windows (of course, and IE—it
demands IE). Annoying, but not
too much of an issue, since I do have
rdesktop installed on my Linux
workstation at the Office.
So just because I can, at home I logged into my workstation at The
Office. Since X Windows
has had a remote desktop feature since it was first written way back in the
mid-80s, it's easy enough for me to run
rdesktop there and have
it displayed on my computer at home (the Mac mini). Then, logging into the
Windows system at The Office, I'm able to run the MegaRAC® K1 program
to get to the console of the new server.
Just because I can (and yes, it's as slow as it sounds).
I had so much fun with the MegaRAC® K1 that I
hooked the device up to my workstation at The Office (and you can hook a
keyboard, video and mouse up to it, and still remote desktop into
the system), then from my system used
rdesktop to get to the Windows
box, from which I remote desktopped (um … yeah) back into my
The effect was much like pointing a video camera to a TV displaying what the video camera sees.
Just because I can.