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For managing multiple computers at once, IP KVM is an invaluable device. It allows you to complete work on the network without having to use the keyboard, monitor, and mouse, but through the network. The only downside is that they will become expensive, unless you can of course be based on Raspberry Pi and

Only higher than the cost of Pi itself.

The video link below shows how to make all the settings, including refreshing the image, and then setting up the necessary hardware. This version shows an option to use HDMI via USB, but another option to use the CSI bus will allow control of options not allowed by the USB HDMI dongle, such as video resolution and color. It also makes it possible to restart the computer and perform operations such as configuring the BIOS or booting from removable media, which is not possible with remote desktop solutions such as VNC.

The creator of PiKVM is

, Pi hat based on this version will be available soon, which will also include the option of ATX control. However, now, you can build all of these yourself without wearing a hat, which is part of what makes Pi-KVM impressive and very low-cost.

Assuming that all computers have network capabilities, why not use one or more instances of remote desktop applications? No additional hardware is required. You only need the keyboard, mouse and monitor once to set up each remote computer, and then run it headlessly. Set the remote desktop application to start at startup so that the remote connection will still exist after restarting.

Until you need to change the BIOS or log in to single user mode after a failed kernel update/parameter change, etc. That is, you have always been unable to get the desktop up and running.

Or, if the machine is unresponsive, the administrator needs to be reset.

As he said in the video, this option allows you to remotely access the BIOS and mount the CD.

> Assuming that all machines have network capabilities

This is a wrong assumption. Sometimes, you may misconfigure the firewall, or delete the default route, or the network card driver update fails, the disk crashes, the startup fails, and it falls into the recovery console... Many things make the computer start, but it cannot be accessed.

This is not for desktop computers, but for servers in data centers or server rooms. You don't want to physically get there to restart the server and change the firewall or routing.

I was thinking: "I wonder if they did it right and have a read-only file system in pikvm" to maximize the life of the SSD. To my surprise, one of the functions is "read Ready-to-use operating system with functions. -only file system".

This is a lovely idea, but I think it is more economical to buy a motherboard with IPMI in the first place than to fix it on it.

I totally agree, but you will never put IPMI directly on the Internet, because the binary blob firmware will never get the update it deserves.

This is the purpose of VPN.

I bought a server motherboard with IPMI. The IPMI is based on JAVA. So atm, I need to solve the trouble of downgrading the web browser and accept many exceptions related to JAVA. Even then, IPMI is not reliable due to all "hackers".

Therefore, a cheap and scalable external solution is really great for me.

This is why we use IP KVM with our employers. Thankfully, since my employer's field (usually) has a lot of money coming in, we can afford shiny Raritan KVM units of more than 10,000 rubles. (They are very shiny and worth it.)

Honestly, I disagree, I have a server board with built-in IPMI, but it is very old, so it is based on Java, this solution will allow someone to use ryzen apu, providing you excellent performance with a lower TDP .

You can also use an external hdmi kvm switch, which means you can control multiple servers through one pikvm.

Not to mention that this allows VNC.

A board with a good IPMI implementation is a stupid, expensive custom server board.

Has anyone tried ZeroW? You must compile the operating system according to the instructions. Curious about the effect of the smallest RPi.

It performed surprisingly well on the Raspberry Pi Zero W and was my preferred configuration. Not only can it be fully powered by the 1A USB host interface using the OTG port, but its performance is surprisingly excellent compared to some of the enterprise solutions I use.

If you need to control a host that is powered off or require reliable power when accessing the BIOS during a host reboot, you need to use an appropriate power/data distributor to provide external power. In the end, I prefer to use Pi Zero W for PiKVM, but there are reasons to use Pi 4, such as encoding performance and connection options that Pi Zero W does not have.

thanks for sharing! That's great information, and one of my zero numbers will be set here soon. Already have a USBHDMI dongle

Don't knock on an interesting project, but as a solution to the problem, you can get an old enterprise-grade Dell/hp network KVM on eBay for less than $100.

They are part of IPKVM, but they have not been overly actively implemented in every part of the entire network.

Not to mention, if you have a Pi 4, an SD card, and a USB capture device, and suddenly find that you need KVM, you only need to flash the latest PiKVM image to the SD card, and then plug it into the Pi. 4. And, if the system has a USB 3.1 Type C (3A) port, you only need two cables to connect it.

Most IP-KVM devices priced under $100 are very clear-they don't support KVM over IP, and they certainly don't have control pins or GPIOs. They can be connected to the computer's control pins with proper isolation. Although IP-KVM has its purpose, the PiKVM project undoubtedly fills a niche market that IP-KVM does not have.

Yes it is. Instant availability, compatibility with any computer, and price are the advantages of this project, and it is undeniable.

The starting price of a commercial IP KVM with one port is about $500. Those with more ports are even more expensive, and you also *need* to purchase an expensive additional cable for each computer you want to connect. Also, you rarely get all the features provided by this feature, and you rarely get flexibility.

Not to mention the old software and the limited compatibility associated with most business units.

Someone also talked about the "network" KVMs that can be purchased on eBay for a hundred dollars... well, these are really just KVMs that use CAT5 cables and (sometimes) can carry longer cable transmissions. Unless otherwise stated, they are not IP KVM.

The few IP KVMs found on the second-hand market are usually more expensive.

For those who want an off-the-shelf KVM, ATEN may currently be the only brand that actually sells IP KVM for less than US$500.

Why does this virtual screen display SETUP with a resolution of 800×600? Is it zoomed? Square pixels?

I think BIOS usually uses VGA text mode with 720×400 pixels. Or is this UEFI disguised?

Obviously UEFI. Even the CSM module version is mentioned in the screenshot.... The resolution of 800×600 is much higher than the resolution of 720×400.

I have been using Michael Lynch’s IP-based KVM over IP for Tiny Pilot Raspberry PI 4 for several months, and it works very well –

This looks cool, I am very happy that more players are entering this field

FYI, PiKVM has a longer running time, and is more refined and more comprehensive than tinypilot. It has been in development for many years, and when you find the features you want small pilots to have, PiKVM may have done it.

I am glad to know that I plan to try it when I have time.

I can say that Michael's customer service is top-notch

Now, it only needs another MCU to monitor the KVM and have a LoRaWAN link to restart it, and so on. If it is not working properly, then if it stops responding, an even smaller and more powerful MCU will also have its own watchdog timer to restart the LoRa MCU.

If it stops responding, another timer is required. Some kind of general-purpose timer chip might...

As mentioned in the video and other articles, mini KVMs (such as iDRAC and ILO) not only use Java, Flash, ActiveX or other esoteric network technologies... they will no longer receive secure firmware updates after their lifespan expires.

Working in a corporate environment is called PCI compliance. Moreover, if you have any interaction with the federal government, you must meet other additional regulatory requirements. All of them recognized CVE vulnerabilities and marked the techniques used in these ancient kvms. Then, you must write the reason for the exception to be approved by the internal auditor and SecOps.

And this seems to be the latest. Because you are using someone’s Arch Linux software, this solution may not be feasible for many companies because the solution has not received commercial support, review, and compensation. But this is a step in the right direction.

You can definitely use it at home and amateurs. You may be able to use it in small and medium-sized businesses, depending on how you supervise it. However, the project is not a solution for a large commercial entity-it does not seem to be its target audience.

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