Remote Server Management

A baseboard management controller

EXPRESSSCOPE Engine Management Software

Simplified Administration

NEC's remote management chipset - the EXPRESSSCOPE Engine - works to untangle the complexity in monitoring and managing multiple and distributed servers without the need to be onsite.

Core Capabilities

EXPRESSSCOPE Engine's centralized management of multiple servers center on 3 key capabilities.


Offsite Monitoring
With EXPRESSSCOPE Engine administrators can stay engaged and check the ongoing status of servers without being on premise. Should a failure occur the event and error event logs collected by EXPRESSSCOPE Engine are made available for remote analysis and diagnosis through an Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) system.

Such accessibility enables:


Status Oversight
Offsite administrators have real-time availability to all related visual elements available locally.

On the remote management console, LED indicator graphics light and blink the same as an actual server and the server's virtual LCD monitor normally viewed through the local console provides easy-to-understand details of server conditions.

Flexible Connectivity
When the NEC server's management LAN port is connected to the network, server status becomes web browser and command line interface accessible. Because monitoring is mediated by EXPRESSSCOPE Engine information collection does not depend on the operating system, making NEC servers suitable for datacenter environments with a mix of operating systems.

Secure Accessibility
EXPRESSSCOPE Engine helps to protect NEC servers through user authentication to limit access to the remote management network.

Login attempts to the network are logged to reduce the risk of security breach by outsiders.

Server Analysis
Event logs collected are provided on the remote management console. The system event log screen displays diagnostic messages as well as the meaning of each log in reference with the fault dictionary.

Optimized Reporting
Administrators are alerted to abnormalities in a server through e-mail or Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) reports. From a remote management console, reporting policies can be individually defined for each monitored attribute to suit the criticality level of a system.

Tailored report settings not only enable prompt remedial action in response to failures, but also help preemptively detect or prevent failures before they occur.


Remote Operation
Servers can be controlled from the keyboard, video or visual display and mouse (KVM) of a remote management console, just as if administrators were directly operating the servers on premise. CD-ROM, DVDs and other media can be remotely inserted into the servers as well.


Remote KVM
Offsite administrators have real-time availability to all related visual elements available locally.

Remote KVM capabilities of EXPRESSSCOPE Engine enable administrators to control servers distributed worldwide from a remote management console. Regardless of the server status, screens available on the local console are also available on the remote console.

Remotely accessible screens include the Power On Self Test (POST) screen; Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) setup screen; operating system screen for Windows, Linux, DOS; and the blue screen which appears in panic situations.


Remote Media
Drives of the remote management console, such as the optical drive, are acknowledged as virtual drives by the server. This enables administrators to remotely install operating systems and applications on servers from physical media.

Each drive can be connected and unconnected individually for increased flexibility.

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