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Remote Monitoring

Real-Time Server Status

For straightforward insight on the server status, administrators off site have real-time access to all related visual elements available locally. On the remote management console, graphics of LED indicators light and blink the same as on the actual server, and the server’s virtual LCD monitor, normally viewed through the local console, provides easy-to-understand details of server conditions.

Virtual LCD monitorVirtual LCD monitor

When the NEC server’s management LAN port is connected to the network, server status is available through the Web browser and command line interface. This eases access to remote servers and the graphical interface of the Web browser helps reduce the complexity of monitoring sophisticated hardware conditions. In addition, because monitoring is mediated by EXPRESSSCOPE Engine, the server’s baseboard management controller (BMC), information collection does not depend on the operating system. This makes NEC servers suitable for datacenter environments with a mix of operating systems.

System information view System information viewed from the Web browser

Secure Access Management

While remote server management pursues efficiency and simplicity, security is equally vital. EXPRESSSCOPE Engine protects NEC servers through user authentication to limit access to the remote management network. Furthermore, login attempts to the network are logged to reduce the risk of security breach by outsiders. EXPRESSSCOPE Engine ensures a highly efficient and robust remote management environment.

Access log viewAccess log view

Server Analysis

The Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) system event logs collected by the EXPRESSSCOPE Engine are provided on the remote management console. The system event log screen displays diagnostic messages as well as the meaning of each log in reference with the fault dictionary.

System event log viewSystem event log view

Optimized Reporting

Administrators are alerted of abnormalities in a server through e-mail or Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) reports. From a remote management console, reporting policies can be discretely defined for each monitored attribute to suit the criticality level of your system. Tailored report settings not only enable prompt remedial action in response to failures, but also help preemptively detect or prevent failures before they occur.

Mail alert settings view - Alert reporting settingsMail alert settings view - Alert reporting settings

Remote Control

Power On/Off

Servers can be rebooted and powered on and off from a remote management console. With this capability, administrators can remotely reboot and resume operation of a stalled server without human intervention on site.

Power management viewPower management view

Peak Power Management

EXPRESSSCOPE Engine enables administrators to remotely define power policies to cap the peak power draw of a server. Should the power exceed the set threshold, the server safely shuts down automatically under the predefined policies. In addition, the processor throttling state is always available to give administrators real-time insight into the server’s power consumption. Remote peak power management is a wise, simple, and sustainable means to reduce total power consumption and its cost for the server system.

Peak power management viewPeak power management view

Peak power management view

Command Line Interface (CLI) The remote NEC servers can also be controlled through the command line interface of Telnet or SSH clients. Including Telnet or SSH in batch processes easily enhances efficiency and automation of your remote server control.

Command line interfaceCommand line interface

Remote KVM and Media

Remote KVM

Remote KVM capabilities of EXPRESSSCOPE Engine enable administrators to control NEC servers distributed world wide from a remote management console. Regardless of the server status, screens available on the local console are also available on the remote console. Remotely accessible screens include the Power On Self Test (POST) screen ; Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) setup screen ; operating system screen for Windows, Linux, DOS ; and the blue screen which appears in panic situations.

Remote KVM is stress free with interface functions designed to ease administration. For example, the remote KVM window can be expanded to full screen mode for better readability or switched to the remote media window with no effort.

Remote KVM main viewRemote KVM main view

Remote Media

Drives of the remote management console, such as the optical drive, are acknowledged as virtual drives by the server. This enables administrators to remotely install operating systems and applications on servers from physical media.

Recent technical efforts have significantly enhanced overall operability of remote media. For instance, each drive can be connected and unconnected individually for increased flexibility.

Remote Media settings viewRemote Media setting view