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Using the remote presence capability and blue-screen capture

The remote presence and blue-screen capture features are integrated functions of the integrated management module (IMM).

When the optional IBM Virtual Media Key is installed in the server, it activates the remote presence functions. The virtual media key is required to enable the integrated remote presence and blue-screen capture features. Without the virtual media key, you will not be able to access the network remotely to mount or unmount drives or images on the client system. However, you can still access the Web interface without the key.

After the virtual media key is installed in the server, it is authenticated to determine whether it is valid. If the key is not valid, you receive a message from the Web interface (when you attempt to start the remote presence feature) indicating that the hardware key is required to use the remote presence feature.

The virtual media key has an LED. When this LED is lit and green, it indicates that the key is installed and functioning correctly. When the LED is not lit, it indicates that the key might not be installed correctly.

The remote presence feature provides the following functions:

  • Remotely viewing video with graphics resolutions up to 1600 x 1200 at 75 Hz, regardless of the system state
  • Remotely accessing the server, using the keyboard and mouse from a remote client
  • Mapping the CD or DVD drive, diskette drive, and USB flash drive on a remote client, and mapping ISO and diskette image files as virtual drives that are available for use by the server
  • Uploading a diskette image to the IMM memory and mapping it to the server as a virtual drive

The blue-screen capture feature captures the video display contents before the IMM restarts the server when the IMM detects an operating-system hang condition. A system administrator can use the blue-screen capture to assist in determining the cause of the hang condition.