Raritan Dominion Dual-feed AC power 8-port secure console server



Replaced by: Raritan DSX2-8
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The Raritan DSXA-8 is a Dual-feed AC power 8-port secure console server which includes an internal modem and 1 console port.

Dominion DSXA-8 is a secure console server for local and remote access to serially managed servers and other serial devices via SSH/Telnet and Web browser. Dominion SX allows access and control of up to 32 devices including: servers, routers, switches, VPNs and power strips. It can scale across hundreds of users and thousands of devices, highly secure, easy to install and simple to use.

The DSXA-8 provides one point of control to manage users, serial servers and other IT devices including:

  • Servers & Headless Servers: Sun Solaris, Sun Cobalt, HP-UX, UNIX, Linux Servers, IBM/AIX Servers, Windows 2003 Servers
  • WAN Equipment: ISDN Terminal Adapters, Channel Banks, CSU/DSU, PBS/PABX
  • Networking Equipment: Routers, Ethernet Switches, Ethernet Firewalls, Ethernet Load Balancers
  • Power Control: All serially controlled power strips and UPS

Raritan Console Server Installation Diagram
Raritan Console Server Installation Diagram

Raritan Dominion SX Features and Benefits:

  • Intelligent auto-failover on dual-LAN models
  • Single appliance - No additional software
  • 256KB port buffer
  • Access via web browser/SSHv2/Telnet
  • Standard built-in modem
  • RADIUS, LDAP, LDAP/S, TACACS+ and Microsoft Active Directory support
  • Local console port for at the rack access
  • Secure appliance - user has no access to operating system
  • Local and remote buffering/logging
  • Broadest range of supported browsers: IE, Firefox, IE
  • SecureChat allows up to 10 users per port to collaborate with 128-bit SSL encryption
  • Dynamically resizable VT100 windows with dynamic font-resizing
  • Allows the connection of multiple disparate servers running SUN Solaris, HP-UX, AIX, Linux, Windows Server 2003, and UNIX-based servers
  • HTML implementation- reduces the time to load the Java applet in a browser implementation to less than one minute
  • Full modern CLI- GUI equivalence
  • IPMI support- Allows for discovery and management of IPMI enabled servers
  • Port keyword monitor and alert
  • VT220/320/ANSI Support
  • NFS logging
  • Single IP Address for administration and target connection

DSX Security & Authentication:

  • Fully featured firewall
  • Man In The Middle (MITM) attack mitigation
  • TCP port addressing for Telnet and SSHv2
  • Local user groups
  • Flexible strong password support
  • Customizable login & consent banner
  • Enhanced encryption options
  • Support provided for the RADIUS, LDAP, TACACS+, Kerberos V.5 and Active Directory
  • Primary and secondary servers are supported
  • User defined and installable security certificates
  • Target server disconnection option
  • Disabling authentication and authorization
  • Disable local authentication option
  • SSL with RC4 encryption
  • User ID and Password

Raritan DSXA-8 Specifications:

Height 1.75 in. (44 mm.)
Width 11.34 in. (288 mm.)
Depth 10.7 in. (270 mm.)
Form factor 1U, rack mountable (mounting brackets included)
Weight 4.81 lbs. (2.17 kg.)
Operating Temperature 32°F (0°C) to 104°F (40°C)
Humidity 20% - 85% RH non-condensing
Altitude Operates properly at any altitude between 0 to 10,000 feet
Power 110/220V auto-switching: 50-60 Hz; 36-72V DC
Remote Connection
Network 10/100 Ethernet (RJ45) port - one or two
Modem Connectivity Dedicated modem port
Approved Agency CE, FCC Part 15 Class A, US and Canadian UL, VCCI-A
UPC / EAN Barcode icon
UPC 785813603043
EAN 0785813603043
Question: DSXA-8 SX8 maintence/user/specification/resource manual availability. Just got one, why EOL? Speed? Vulnerability? Faulty?
Answer: Thank you for your inquiry. Files and documentation for the original Dominion SX series (of which the DSXA-8 is a member) can be found here: https://www.raritan.com/support/product/dominion-sx/

However, End-of-Sales for the original Dominion SX series was 04/01/2016 and end of support was 04/01/2018.

The next generation is the Dominion SX II. The replacement for the DSXA-8 is the DSX2-8 (https://www.kvm-switches-online.com/dsx2-8.html). Documentation for the newer SX II series can be found here: https://www.raritan.com/support/product/dominion-sx-ii . The online help link is particularly useful: https://help.raritan.com/sx2/v2.2.0/en/#41656.htm

In terms of why the original Dominion SX series went EOL, it was most likely simply technology improvements. The original Dominion SX series debuted in the early to mid 2000's and to incorporate newer technology, Raritan designed a new platform.

Here is a bit of information from the DSX2 FAQ (https://help.raritan.com/sx2/v2.2.0/en/#22803.htm) page regarding the differences:
"The SX II is the next-generation version of the current SX. SX II has an entirely new hardware and software design that is substantially more powerful and capable than the current SX. The SX II provides virtually all of the features of the SX, plus exciting new capabilities. Unlike the current SX, all SX models come with dual power supplies, dual LAN connections and multiple local connection options. The SX II comes in 4, 8, 16, 32 and 48 models, available with and without an internal telephone modem. Many of the management features are the same as those on the Dominion KX III"