dexter1 wrote:As for 1) most older workstations just cold reset when you powercycle by either pressing the button or pull and reconnect the plug.
I had planned on using a switched PDU to allow for a system not in use to stay offline until needed and also for reboots. That would be rather simple as well.
robespierre wrote:You could automate the earliest stage of installation by using a terminal server connected to each machine's console port.
That was my thought as well. It was about the only use I thought I may have for the SGI 1100 server. Add one of these pci cards and you should be good to go.
http://www.comtrol.com/rocketport-multi ... i-octa-db9
It would have many other uses as well.