Chris wrote:
On 23/03/06, Chris Maness <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
Eric Schultz wrote:
Kris Kennaway wrote:
On Wed, Mar 22, 2006 at 10:11:48AM -0800, Chris Maness wrote:
I administer this box by remote.
Look into setting up a serial console; this is the "remote single user
mode" you're looking for.

Good morning...

How remote is "remote"?

If it's just down the hall you can probably get a DB25/DB9 (depending
on the machine) to RJ45 adapter and use existing CAT5 cable to get to
a serial console to your desk.  There even exist serial RJ45 switch
boxes if you have several machines to "remote" administer.

If it's farther than that, like in another building/city/etc. you can
always setup a modem on the box's serial port and dial in to that.
You'll need a modem at your end too, which means either an analog line
or a analog-to-digital tap for your office phone.

I have no idea whether there any serial-over-IP solutions.  But you
could build one with FreeBSD!!!

I have a slave name server at the same location.  Maybe I can run a
serial cable with a crosover between the two of them.

I think the docs are just playing safe, I admin over 10 servers and
have remote updated each one at least once, I have never had any
problems doing all this in multi user mode.

make buildworld
make buildkernel
make installkernel
mergemaster -p
make installworld
mergemaster -iv


Yep, I went ahead and did it in multi user mode.  No problems.
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