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Hardware Management Console

What is the HMC?
The Hardware Management Console is a technology invented by IBM. It is an ordinary PC Server based on Linux with a special card controller connected to the service processors which provides a standard user interface for configuring and operating partitioned systems.

The HMC supports the system with features that enable a system administrator to manage configuration and operation of partitions in a system, as well as to monitor the system for hardware problems. The greatest benefit is that you do not even have to be in front of the terminal itself to manage the system. Novagem can setup and install your HMC so you can access it over the Internet.

What does the HMC do?

  • Creates and maintains a multiple-partitioned environment

  • Displays a virtual operating system session terminal for each partition

  • Displays virtual operator panel values for each partition

  • Detects, reports, and stores changes in hardware conditions

  • Powers managed systems on and off (Power Off the primary partition whilst other partions remain active)

  • Acts as a service focal point for service representatives to determine an appropriate service strategy and enable the Service Agent Call-Home capability

  • Activates additional resources on demand.

Sounds Expensive ?
No it isn't. HMCs offer an inexpensive method to administer complex and expensive servers, as a console need only consist of a 32-bit Intel-based desktop PC with a DVD-RAM drive.

Contact us now at Novagem for advice about installation and setup of the HMC.

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