For those of you managing Linux and other Unix servers, how many of you
go and sit at the server console to do GUI work and how many of you
just run any needed X applications remotely over SSH from your normal
desktop machine ?
I've not used remote X for any of that, with any Unix or Linux systems
The remote management is all web-based either directly or via REST
(Redfish / DMTF / etc), either directly or from a provisioning portal.
If it's hosted, it's all managed off the portal, at least until you can
ssh into the box "normally" for further customizations—and the portal
can usually help set up the ssh keys.
Or it's command-line, either into a running system or into iLO / DRAC / etc.
Other than some testing and target practice systems, all have remote
Would it make more sense to manage VMS systems in that way instead of
having to sit at the VMS console to do GUI work ?
OpenVMS doesn't have a GUI management system. Not for X. I mean, yeah,
I customized FileView too, but... It's all command line.
Options here for OpenVMS remote management have involved Argus / OMS /
Management Station, and the newly-announced WebUI web-management system
Or what most folks use, ssh or other command-line access via iLO / DRAC / etc.
Yes, there are probably some using the iLO web management and maybe
still using SMH with OpenVMS, but I've been very skeptical about the
security there. (Newer iLO security is better, but OpenVMS lacks that.)
Are there any performance or other limitations which make this approach
not practical for VMS servers ?
Remote X will work, but when you're tossing around remote DECterm
sessions for command-line access, it becomes more of a "why bother?"
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