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Upgrading and Repairing Servers by Barrie Sosinsky, Mark Edward Soper, Scott Mueller

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Chapter 8 I/O System Hardware

Although most server activity is network centered, I/O ports and devices still have important functions to perform in a server. I/O ports such as USB and video ports enable local control and monitoring of a server. Keyboards enable commands to be entered during server setup and for maintenance and troubleshooting. With the addition of keyboard-video-mouse (KVM) switches, a single keyboard, mouse, and display can be used to manage multiple servers. CD and DVD drives can be used for installing applications and for backup of low-end servers.

To make your server as reliable and useful as possible, it's important that you understand when I/O hardware might need driver and firmware updates, how to specify the right mix ...

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