Enable Serial Console on Windows Server 2008

March 9, 2011 at 23:43:25
Specs: Win2k8-R2
How to enable a serial console?

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#1
March 10, 2011 at 14:45:42
Not a feature available in window servers that I am aware of. Used to do that with VMS servers.

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#2
March 11, 2011 at 03:03:41
It's not something that I've ever tried, but Windows Server does have this ability. It's called Emergency Management Services redirection. This article tells you how to enable it. (You have to scroll down a bit to get to the 2008 instructions.)

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#3
March 11, 2011 at 07:18:43
I don't think we are talking the same thing here.

EMS services is just for bootup and troubleshooting that bootup from what I get at technet
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/...

Serial consoles in VMS and Unix is a way of redirecting system messages to a monitor for review. Kind of like having the event viewer logs [but much more informative with a wider range of info] piped to a screen. This is done 7x24 with the system up.

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#4
March 11, 2011 at 09:08:34
I guess it all depends upon what the OP wants serial access for. EMS does, as I read it, rather more than you say. You can use it to restart the computer, manage tasks, and even run a Windows command prompt (so you can use it to start and stop services). Have a look at this link for a few more details. I've never used it, but it sounds quite useful.

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#5
March 11, 2011 at 15:53:00
I had never heard of ems until your post which then caused me to go do a bunch of research [thanks :-< - just kidding]
Funny how it was never ever mentioned in any of my server or exchange classes.

If the OP ever comes back it will be interesting to see what exactly the OP was asking for.

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#6
March 12, 2011 at 01:32:48
I'd never heard of EMS until my curiosity was piqued by the OP, although I know that some servers have service processors that allow serial or net access to the boot process.

I'm still not quite sure why anyone would need serial access. The only scenario that I can think of is a remote server where there is a possibility of network access failing. When I managed that sort of scenario I always made sure that there was at least one person on-site that I could trust to follow instructions over the phone.

I'd be fascinated to know why the OP has this requirement. Let's hope he follows up on this topic. So many people never do, which is a real drag.


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