Raritan Dominion KSX II 8 Serial Port, 8 KVM Port Remote Management Switch


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Model: 8 Serial, 8 KVM Ports

The Dominion KSX II DKSX2-188 is an 8 serial port, 8 KVM port integrated remote management appliance that provides out-of-band access to IT assets that have both KVM and serial interfaces. It provides anytime, anywhere access and BIOS-level control of servers, as well as serial console access to networking devices. This, combined with remote power control and strong security features, makes the KSX II an optimal choice for troubleshooting and managing equipment in remote offices.

The KVM components of this remote management switch combines the productivity of IP access with a new level of at-the-rack KVM performance through faster video updates, Absolute Mouse Synchronization and 1600x1200 remote resolution. In addition, the integrated serial control and modem add additional layers of security and availability not available in standard SSH and Telnet access.

The Raritan KSX II comes equipped with virtual media to enable remote management tasks using the widest variety of CD, DVD, USB, internal and remote drives. Virtual media is available to all customers - whether through Raritan's CommandCenter management appliance for centralized access and control, or in a standalone configuration. The Dominion KSX II provides a common, browser-based user interface across the local console, remote access and device management. It also features a browser-based local console interface for at-the-branch productivity.

Dominion KSX II is a completely self-contained, secure, reliable appliance with dual Ethernet ports, AES encryption, SNMP, and LDAP/RADIUS/Active Directory authentication. Dominion KSX II can be integrated with CommandCenter Secure Gateway or used in a standalone configuration.

Note: A D2CIM-VUSB (sold separately) is required for Virtual Media and Absolute Mouse Synchronization.

Raritan Dominion DKSX2-188 Features & Benefits:

  • Multiplatform, anytime, anywhere, any media access and control via IP
  • BIOS-level control
  • Virtual media
  • Absolute Mouse Synchronization
  • Native serial control, with 256KBytes buffer per port
  • Dual gigabit Ethernet ports and built-in modem for reliability
  • Up to 256-bit AES Encryption
  • Customizable strong password and failed login lockout settings
  • Group and port-level permissions
  • LDAP and Radius support
  • Logging (Syslog, local)
  • Modem dial-back
  • Plug and play appliance with quick and easy setup
  • Common browser-based user interface for local and remote access
  • CLI Access (SSH, Telnet, local/admin port)
  • Remote and local browser-based management and administration
  • 1600 x 1200 video resolution
  • SNMP traps
  • Remote power control
  • Desktop compatible and Rack Mountable (1U)
  • USB & PS/2 Keyboard & Mouse Support
  • Two admin/local ports (KVM, serial - RS232)
  • All serial ports can be accessed simultaneously
  • Direct port access to serial targets
  • Remote power control (two ports)
  • Up to 8 users can share a single KVM connection (PC Share)
  • Connectivity via Cat5 cables

Raritan DKSX2-188 Specifications:

Height 1.75 in. (44 mm.)
Width 17.3 in. (439 mm.)
Depth 11.4 in. (290 mm.)
Form Factor 1U, full width, rack mountable (brackets included)
Weight 8.64 lbs. (3.92 kg.)
Operating Temperature 32° (0°C) to 104° (40°C)
Power 100V/240V 50/60Hz 0.6A
KVM Ports 8
Serial Ports 8
Power Control Ports 2
Local Admin Ports (VGA) Video: HD15(F) VGA
Keyboard/Mouse: Mini-DIN6(F) PS/2 and USB (F), 1 USB front, 3 USB rear
Local Admin Port (Serial) DB9 (M) RS232
Remote Connection  
Network Dual 10/100/1000 gigabit Ethernet Access (RJ45)
Modem Integrated 56K V.90 (RJ11 port)
Supported Video Resolutions 640x480, 720x400, 800x600, 1024x768, 1152x864, 1280x1024, 1600x1200

DKSX2 Hot Key Sequences

Hot Keys are editable in Options under the General Tab.

Exit Full Screenex. [Ctrl]+[LeftAlt]+[m]
Exit Single Cursor Modeex. [Ctrl]+[LeftAlt]+[o]
Disconnect From Targetex. [Ctrl]+[LeftAlt]+[q]
Switch Portsex. [LeftAlt]+[Port#]
Disconnect From Target, Return to GUIex. [Scr Lock]+[Scr Lock]

Sun Key Sequences

Stop ABreak a
Compose[Ctrl]+[Alt]+[KPAD *]
Vol +[Ctrl]+[Alt]+[KPAD +]
Vol -[Ctrl]+[Alt]+[KPAD -]
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Question: Does remote user need a PC to connect to KVM? or is there a console unit needed to connect if only a monitor, keyboard and mouse is available?
Answer: Yes, the remote user will need some way to connect to the switch via an IP address, be it internet, intranet (router, network switch, etc...) If you only have access to the monitor, keyboard and mouse, you do have the option of extending the local port (keep in mind there is only 1 local port available). A product such as https://www.kvm-switches-online.com/x200-usb-p-us.html could be used in this scenario.

Question: Is this considered a 2nd generation raritan?
Answer: Thanks you for your inquiry. Yes, this is a second generation product. The KSX II series replaced the KSX series.

Question: can this unit be dual-homed? that is, can I connect one ehternet port to one isp, and the other ethernet port to another isp?
Answer: Thank you for your inquiry. The second network port is only provided for failover purposes and only becomes active when an outage occurs. Here is what the manual states:

"The KSX II provides two Ethernet ports for failover purposes (not for load-balancing). By default, only LAN1 is active and the automatic failover is disabled. When enabled, if the KSX II internal network interface or the network switch to which it is connected becomes unavailable, LAN2 will be enabled using the same IP address.

Note: Because a failover port is not activated until after a failover has actually occurred, Raritan recommends that you either not monitor the failover port or monitor it only after a failover occurs."

Question: Which CIM do I need to connect Dell R710 Servers?
Answer: Thank you for your inquiry,

The CIM that you would need would depend on what video output connection that your servers provide. See below for your options. You can also find the compatible CIMs on the DKSX2-188 product page.

DVI, DVI with Virtual Media support (switchable USB Port), HDMI, DisplayPort, VGA, SUN VGA. The Dell R710 servers support USB so you don't have to worry about the keyboard mouse connections, but in the occasion that you want to use PS2, you could get this VGA CIM.

If you would like a recommendation based on your setup, please feel free to contact your KVM Switches Online sales representative directly at 1-877-586-6654, at sales@kvm-switches-online.com, or via our online Chat functionality.

Question: We are replacing an old Dell KVM and are wondering if the existing interface modules ( cables ) will work with the DKSX2-188?
Answer: Thank you for your inquiry. Interface modules are typically proprietary devices. Unfortunately, the Dell CIM would not work with a Raritan device.