Raritan Dominion KX III User guide

Dominion® KX III CIM Guide Version 1
This document provides a guide for Computer Interface Module (CIM) usage for Dominion KX III, with
answers to frequently asked questions.
This guide has been created for the initial release of KX III, Release 3.0.
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Dominion KX III CIM Compatibility
The Dominion KX III was designed to use multiple types of CIMs, including:
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New digital video Dominion KX II CIMs: supporting the recent digital video formats
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VGA-based Dominion KX II CIMs (D2CIMs): D2CIM-DVUSB, D2CIM-VUSB and D2CIM-PWR
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VGA-based Dominion KX I CIMs (DCIMs): DCIM-PS2, DCIM-USBG2 and DCIM-SUN
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Select Paragon II CIMs: the specific supported Paragon CIMs are listed below.
Dominion KX III
Dominion KX I CIMs
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DCIM-PS2
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DCIM-USBG2
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DCIM-SUN
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D2CIM-VUSB
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D2CIM-PWR
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D2CIM-DVUSB
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D2CIM-DVUSB-DVI
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D2CIM-DVUSB-HDMI
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D2CIM-DVUSB-DP
Dominion KX II CIMs
D2CIM-DVUSB
Paragon I CIMs
Paragon II CIMs
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Not supported by KX III
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P2CIM-AUSB
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P2CIM-PS2
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P2CIM-USB
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P2CIM-SUSB
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P2CIM-SER
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P2CIM-SER-EU
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P2CIM-APS2DUAL
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P2CIM-AUSBDUAL
Virtual Media and Absolute Mouse Synchronization
A Dominion virtual media CIM is required for the virtual media, Absolute Mouse Synchronization and
other advanced features.
There are two types of virtual media CIMs:
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Single-USB CIMs (D2CIM-VUSB) – a single USB plug
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Dual-USB CIMs (D2CIM-DVUSB and D2CIM-DVUSB-xxx) – two USB plugs
There are two types of video supported:
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Traditional, analog VGA video
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Digital video formats: DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort
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Dual Virtual Media USB CIMs (D2CIM-DVUSB & D2CIM-DVUSB-XXX)
Dual USB CIMs have two USB connectors and support both VGA and the new digital video
formats.
They should be purchased by customers who want these digital formats and/or customers wanting
enhanced features: virtual media at the BIOS level, for audio, tiering and/or Smart Cards,
including the US Government’s Common Access Cards (CAC).
The available dual USB CIMs include:
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D2CIM-DVUSB– enhanced, dual USB, virtual media CIM for analog, VGA video
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D2CIM-DVUSB-DVI – enhanced, dual USB, virtual media CIM for DVI-D, digital video
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D2CIM-DVUSB-HDMI – enhanced, dual USB, virtual media CIM for HDMI, digital video
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D2CIM-DVUSB-DP – enhanced, dual USB, virtual media CIM for DisplayPort, digital video
Advanced KVM features such as virtual media rely on the power of the USB protocol. But some BIOS
do not support the USB specification well enough for these advanced features. We have seen a large
diversity of BIOS with various limitations and deviations from the USB specification.
The D2CIM-DVUSB has two USB plugs, one for keyboard/mouse and one for virtual media. This
enables many additional server BIOS to access virtual media drives. The black connector on the
DVUSB CIM is used for keyboard and mouse. The gray connector is used for virtual media. Keep
both plugs of the CIM connected to the device at all times. The device may not operate properly if
both plugs are not connected to the target server.
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Digital CIMs (D2CIM-DVUSB-DVI, D2CIM-DVUSB-HDMI, D2CIM-DVUSB-DP)
Customers with servers, PC’s or MAC’s using the DVI-D, HDMI, or DisplayPort digital video formats
should use one of the new digital CIMs. These CIMs will support the KX III standard video resolutions
of up to 1920x1080, including widescreen formats.
DDC/E-EDID is supported by the digital CIMs with the “preferred timing mode” set by the Dominion
KX III administrator. This is the preferred/native/default video resolution, called the “Display Native
Resolution” on the KX GUI. The default is 1280x1024@60hz, but this can be changed by the user on
the Port Configuration Page for each port. This communicated to the server to tell it what video
resolution to use, however not every server/OS/video card will use it. See the release notes and
documentation for more information.
Only Single Link DVI and HDMI are supported. For HDMI, HDCP (high bandwidth digital copy
protection) is not supported. Digital audio is supported over USB as in previous releases, not
embedded in the HDMI or DisplayPort signals.
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DVI Compatibility Mode for HDMI CIMs
Servers may output video using limited range RGB in accordance with HDMI standards. The result is
that the video may be too dark or light. We have seen this with Dell Optiplex servers at 1920x1080.
Also for Apple’s Mac Mini using the HDMI port.
A ‘DVI Compatibility Mode’ check box is available on the GUI for each port. This mode will provide the
DVI E-EDID to the target upon request. The server will output a DVI compatible video signal. This
improves the video quality for some servers.
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Single USB Virtual Media CIM (D2CIM-VUSB)
The D2CIM-VUSB has a single USB connector and is for customers who will use virtual media only at
the OS level. It does not support the enhanced features or digital video.
All virtual media CIMs support virtual media sessions to target servers supporting the USB 2.0
interface. These CIMs support Absolute Mouse Synchronization as well as remote firmware update.
USB Profile Feature
In addition, Raritan has developed the USB Profile feature. A USB Profile customizes the KX III’s
USB interface with the target server for a particular BIOS or OS USB implementation. See the
Dominion KX III user documentation for more information.
Varying Server Support for Virtual Media
Not all servers and operating systems support all virtual media options:
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In general, modern Windows® OS’ do, including Windows 7/8, Vista™, 2003 Server, XP and
Windows 2000 with the latest patches.
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Target Servers running Linux and Mac OS’, when accessed from a Windows client, will
generally mount CD/DVD drives, USB drives and ISO images.
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Mac®, Linux and Solaris™ clients support virtually all media types. Consult the
documentation.
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Other UNIX based OS’ generally do not support virtual media.
Virtual Media CIM Bulk Pricing
Packages of 32 and 64 D2CIM-DVUSB and D2CIM-VUSB CIMs provide a discount for buying in volume.
Packages of 64 digital CIMs are also available. Consult your authorized reseller for more information.
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Not all servers support Absolute Mouse Synchronization
Again, a USB server port is required, and the OS must support this technology. Microsoft Windows
and Mac servers support this, but not UNIX, SUN and Linux.
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Power CIMs for KX III
For KX III switches, use the D2CIM-PWR CIM for both the existing RPC power strips and the
Raritan PX power strips.
Dominion KX III
RPC (Existing)
Dominion PX (New)
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D2CIM-PWR
DCIM-USBG2 – Basic USB CIM
The DCIM-USBG2 is a basic, VGA-based USB CIM for customers not wanting virtual media, absolute
mouse or the other advanced features. The Paragon II equivalent is the P2CIM-AUSB. The
information below also applies to this CIM, which can be used with the Dominion KX III.
The DCIM-USBG2 is the second generation basic USB CIM, with enhanced reliability and performance.
The DCIM-USBG2 supports both USB and SUN USB. A small switch on the unit determines USB or
SUN USB. For Windows targets, the “P” setting should be used. For Sun targets, the “S” setting
should be used. For other OS’, start with the “P” position. If the keyboard and/or mouse do not
operate correctly, switch to the “S” position.
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Important Note: You must power cycle the CIM if you change the switch setting while the CIM is
connected to the target server.
Steps to power cycle the CIM:
1. Remove the USB connector from the target server. The video connector can remain in place.
2. Wait 5 seconds.
3. Reconnect the USB connector.
You can configure the CIM using a setup menu for various operating modes, such as keyboard and
mouse types and keyboard language. See the appendix at the end of this document for more
information.
The DCIM-USBG2 can be used for KX III. It is a low cost CIM, but lacks the virtual media, absolute
mouse, smart card, and tiering features of the D2CIM-DVUSB.
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Dominion KX III Recommended USB CIM Usage
For Dominion KX III, the recommended usage depends on the type of video (VGA vs digital), features
desired and the type of server and is as follows:
Customer Needs
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Digital video formats
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BIOS use of virtual media
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Advanced D2CIM-DVUSB
features (see below)
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VGA-based video
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BIOS use of Virtual Media
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Advanced features: virtual
media, absolute mouse
synchronization
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Windows, Linux and Mac
servers
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Required for Smart Card/CAC
use
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Required for audio support
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Required for KX III to KX III
tiering (cascading).
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Can be used for generic hot-key
based tiering.
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VGA-based video
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OS use of Virtual Media
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Advanced features: virtual
media, absolute mouse
synchronization
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Windows, Linux and Mac
servers
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Can be used for generic hot-key
based tiering.
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VGA-based video
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SUN USB Servers
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Unix Servers
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CIM to Use
D2CIM-DVUSB-DVI
D2CIM-DVUSB-HDMI
D2CIM-DVUSB-DP
D2CIM-DVUSB
D2CIM-VUSB
DCIM-USBG2
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VGA-based video
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Basic CIM features
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USB Servers
DCIM-USBG2
Digital Visual Interface (DVI-I & DVI-A)
Servers with DVI ports that support DVI-A (analog) and DVI-I (integrated analog and digital) can use
the Raritan ADVI-VGA adapter to convert the DVI port to a standard VGA plug that can be
connected to a KX III CIM’s VGA plug.
Raritan’s ADVI-VGA adapter can be used with any Raritan CIM which has a VGA plug.
Servers with DVI ports that support DVI-I or DVI-D (digital) can use the new D2CIM-DVUSB-DVI.
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Connect to Serial Devices with P2CIM-SER and Dominion KX III
The P2CIM-SER (and P2CIM-SER-EU for European market) can be used to connect a serial device
(networking device, headless server) to a Dominion KX III.
The P2CIM-SER converts serial device input to a standard KVM signal for use with Paragon II and
Dominion KX II and KX III. The CIM is powered via USB from the serial device or the PWR-SER-4 four
port power adapter.
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CIM Usage for Blade Servers
Release 3.0 and above supports access, control and management for Dell, HP, Cisco and IBM Blade
Servers. The type of CIM to be used for KVM access depends on the KVM ports on the blade chassis
or blade server the CIM is connected to, and whether advanced features such as virtual media and
absolute mouse synchronization are wanted and supported by the blade server.
CIMs are connected to blade servers in two ways: (1) connect CIMs to each individual blade server or
(2) connect a CIM to the blade server chassis’ internal KVM switch or management module. The
following table describes the supported methods:
Blade Chassis
CIM to
Chassis
CIM to
Blade
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
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Dell 1855 & 1955
Dell M1000e
HP c7000
HP c3000
IBM S, H, E & HT
IBM T
Cisco UCS
Generic
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

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In general, most blade servers have USB ports, but certain older blade servers have PS2 ports. The
following CIMs are used with blade servers:
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DCIM-PS2 –PS2 ports
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DCIM-USBG2 –USB ports, no virtual media
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D2CIM-VUSB – USB, virtual media (if blade server supports it)
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D2CIM-DVUSB – USB, BIOS virtual media (if blade server supports it)
The supported and recommended CIMS for the different types of blade servers is as follows:
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Blade
Chassis
DCIM-PS2
Dell 1855
Dell1955
Dell
M1000e
HP c3000
HP c7000
Cisco UCS
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DCIM-USBG2
D2CIM-DVUSB
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
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(connected to blade)
(connected to blade)
(connected to blade)
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
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
(connected to blade)
(connected to blade)
(connected to blade)
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

(connected to blade)
(connected to blade)
(connected to blade)
IBM H
IBM E
IBM S
IBM HT
IBM T
Generic
D2CIM-VUSB
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Haven’t tested and
certified these for virtual
media
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In the above table, if the check () is accompanied by the phrase “(connected to blade)”, then the
CIM is connected to each individual blade server. Otherwise the CIM connects to the blade chassis’
internal KVM switch or the management module.
When connecting to individual Dell 1855/1995 blades, the “USB Front Dongle for Dell PowerEdge
1855/1955” cable is required; manufacturer part number N8138 and Dell part number 310-6484.
When connecting to individual HP c3000 and c7000 blades, the “HP c-Class Blade SUV Cable” is used;
part # is 416003-001. Note: the internal KVM module for the HP c3000 is not supported in this
release.
Virtual media and advanced mouse synchronization is supported on blade servers where a CIM is
connected to each blade server, assuming the operating system on the blade supports these features.
Virtual media is also supported on the IBM Blade Center E and H chassis when using the D2CIMDVUSB with the gray USB plug connected to the media tray (front panel) and the black plug to the
management module (back panel). The connection to the Media Tray (front panel) will require the use
of an USB extension cable connected to the gray USB plug on the D2CIM-DVUSB. Auto-discovery
must be enabled on the KX III Port Configuration page for virtual media to work.
See the documentation and release notes for more information on the blade server feature.
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Smart Card and CAC Usage
The Dominion KX III based Smart Card / CAC Solution is available. The D2CIM-DVUSB, D2CIMDVUSB-xxx CIMs are required for Smart Card and US Government Common Access Card
(CAC) use. No other CIMs will support a Smart Card connection to a target server.
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Digital Audio over IP
The Dominion KX III based Audio over Virtual Media feature is available. The D2CIM-DVUSB and
D2CIM-DVUSB-xxx digital CIMs support audio.
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Connecting a Dominion KX III to a Paragon II User Station
The DCIM-USBG2 and the DCIM-PS2 should be used to connect the Dominion KX III to a Paragon II
User Station. This configuration is used to provide KVM-over-IP access to the User Station.
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Paragon II Dual CIMS (P2CIM-APS2DUAL & P2CIM-AUSBDUAL)
The Paragon II “Dual CIMs” are supported:
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P2CIM-APS2DUAL – for PS2 ports
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P2CIM-AUSBDUAL – for USB ports
These can connect servers in the data center to two different Dominion KX III switches. If one KX III
switch is not available, the server can be accessed through the second KX III switch.
There are three major reasons to use these CIMs:
1.
Redundancy – should one KX III be inaccessible, then the target server can be accessed
through the other KX III. KX III’s could be inaccessible if (a) the KX III is not operational, (b)
the KX III is inaccessible over the network or (c) the KX III is blocked due to too many IP user
sessions.
2.
Higher Level of Remote Access – some customers would like a higher level of remote
access. For example a customer might want 8 simultaneous remote users to access 16
servers. So then the customer can purchase two KX3-416’s, connect each of the 16 servers to
a dual CIM, and each dual CIM to both KX3-416’s.
3.
Connect Servers to Paragon II and KX III – in some cases, possibly while migrating from
Paragon to KX III, it may be advantageous to connect a particular server to both KX III and
Paragon II.
Note that since these dual CIMS are Paragon II CIMs, they do not support the advanced Dominion KX
III features such as virtual media, absolute mouse, blade servers, smart cards and tiering. Note that
both switches must be consistently set to PC-Share or Private Mode. Also note that status, availability
and name changes made from one KX III switch is only known by the other KX III switch upon the
first, subsequent connection made by that second switch. Contact the release Notes and User Guide
for more information.
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Tiering (Cascading) Feature
Tiering (also known as cascading) is supported between Dominion KX III and II switches. A “Tiered”
KX II switch can be connected via the D2CIM-DVUSB to the “Base” KX III switch. The D2CIMDVUSB is the only CIM certified for this purpose.
KX III to KX III tiering will use the KX III’s Tiering Port and does not require a CIM.
For the generic hot-key based tiering, the D2CIM-DVUSB or D2CIM-VUSB CIMs can be used.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
1.
What type of video formats are supported?
Traditional VGA-based video and the more recent digital video standards: DVI, HDMI and
DisplayPort. For digital video, use one of the following CIMS: D2CIM-DVUSB-DVI, D2CIMDVUSB-HDMI, or D2CIM-DVUSB-DP.
2.
The server only has PS2 ports, what should I do for KX III?
Use the DCIM-PS2.
3.
I would like to use virtual media. What CIM do I need?
You need a virtual media CIM, either the D2CIM-DVUSB or D2CIM-VUSB. You also need to
make sure that the target server’s (USB port, OS and BIOS) support Virtual Media. See above.
4.
Which virtual media CIM should I purchase?
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If you plan to use virtual media at the BIOS level or if you plan to use Smart Cards or
audio, then you should purchase the Dual USB CIM – D2CIM-DVUSB. If you need support for
DVI/HDMI/DisplayPort, then you should purchase the D2CIM-DVUSB-DVI, D2CIM-DVUSB-HDMI
or D2CIM-DVUSB-DP. These CIMs will support virtual media in a wider set of BIOS as well as
Smart Card / CAC use. If you only plan to use virtual media at the OS level, then you can use
the D2CIM-VUSB.
5.
When do I need to use a USB Profile?
Two primary uses. First, for Mac and Linux, you should use a USB profile to set the mouse
synchronization mode. Second, when using the D2CIM-VUSB with some servers, you will need
to use a USB Profile when in the BIOS.
6.
The customer wants absolute mouse synchronization, but not virtual media. How to
handle this?
You can purchase the D2CIM-VUSB, but disable the virtual media permissions via the KX III’s
management user interface.
7.
The D2CIM-VUSB is too expensive. Is there an alternative?
You can purchase the D2CIM-VUSB (or D2CIM-DVUSB) in the 32 or 64 piece packages for a
reduced price. Or you can purchase the DCIM-USBG2, which doesn’t have virtual media and
absolute mouse synchronization for a lower price.
8.
I want to connect a PX to a Dominion KX III. How do I do this?
You should use the D2CIM-PWR to connect a PX (or the existing RPC) to a KX III.
9.
Does the DCIM-USBG2 support virtual media and absolute mouse synch?
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No, the D2CIM-DVUSB or D2CIM-VUSB is required for these features.
10. What about Mac target servers? What CIM should be used?
For a Mac target server, we recommend the D2CIM-VUSB and absolute mouse synchronization.
The "MAC OS X (10.4.9 and later)" USB profile should be used when in the OS and the "BIOS
Mac" USB profile when in the Mac BIOS.
11. I have a few serial devices that I want to connect to a KX III. Can I?
Yes, the P2CIM-SER can be used to connect serial devices to a KX III.
12. What CIM should I use with a blade server?
DCIM-PS2, DCIM-USBG2, D2CIM-VUSB or D2CIM-DVUSB. See the section in this guide for
more information.
13. I plan to use Smart Cards in the future. What CIM should I use?
The D2CIM-DVUSB CIM is required for Smart Card or US Government Common Access Card
(CAC) use.
14. Can I use the Paragon II P2CIM-AUSB-C CIM which supports Paragon II Smart Card
use?
No, only the D2CIM-DVUSB will support Smart Card and CAC use for the Dominion KX III.
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15. What CIM should I use if a server has a DVI port?
If the server has DVI-I or DVI-A, then you can use any CIM with the ADVI-VGA adapter. For
DVI-I or DVI-D, then use the D2CIM-DVUSB-DVI.
16. Are the Paragon Dual CIMs supported? Why would I use these?
The Paragon Dual CIMs (P2CIM-APS2DUAL & P2CIM-AUSBDUAL) are supported. These are
used to connect a target server to two different KX III switches to provide redundant access,
to reduce blocking and to increase the overall level of remote access.
17. In addition to connecting a server to the KX III, I would also like direct access to that
server. Is that possible?
Yes, you can use the Raritan Cat5 Reach DVI device. It has a local port, in addition to
connecting to the KX III.
18. What CIM do I use to connect a KX III to IP-enable Paragon II User Station?
The DCIM-USBG2 and the DCIM-PS2 should be used.
19. Which CIMs can be used for tiering?
The D2CIM-DVUSB (Dual Virtual Media CIM) should be used to connect a “tiered” KX II switch
to the KX III “Base” tier.
20. Which CIMs can be used for the generic hot-key based tiering?
The D2CIM-DVUSB or D2CIM-VUSB should be used to connect a generic KVM switch to the KX
III “Base” tier.
21. Which CIMs can be used for the digital audio over IP feature?
The D2CIM-DVUSB or the new digital D2CIM-DVUSB-xxx CIMS must be used
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The DCIM-USBG2 Setup Menu
This setup menu allows you to configure the CIM for various settings, such as keyboard and mouse
types and keyboard language. To access the menu, press the Left-CTL and Num Lock keys
simultaneously when a text editor window (in text input mode) has the focus on the target server. All
settings are saved in non-volatile memory so the CIM will “remember” these settings. The setup
menu as shown in Microsoft Windows Notepad is as follows:
Section 1
Section 2
Section 3
Section 4
The first line identifies the CIM FW and HW versions. The FW version is in hexadecimal.
Section 1 defines the user keyboard language setting. If you are using a German keyboard, for
example, you will enter 09 at the menu prompt (>).
Section 2 defines additional keyboard settings:

Lazy LED Update. When off, the CIM sends all LED status messages from the target server to
the switch. When on, the CIM sends only status messages that are different from the message
sent previously. Some target servers send the same status continually, possibly overloading
the switch. This option prevents the overload.

Sun Fire Patch. A new option introduced in firmware 0EF handles the non-standard USB
operation of some Sun Fire target servers. If these servers do not receive a keyboard packet
periodically, they assume the keyboard and mouse are disconnected and do not respond to
further input. When the switch is in the 'S' position, and the feature is enabled (default), the
CIM sends an empty keyboard packet every 500 milliseconds. The feature can be disabled via
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the CIM setup menu. It is safe to leave this feature on, even when not required as the only
side effect will be unnecessary data sent to the target server.
Section 3 defines the mouse type. Standard 3-button wheel mice (m0) and up to 8-button mice and
trackballs (m1) are supported currently. The proper driver for the mouse must be installed on the
target server.
Section 4 displays the current settings.
This setup menu information also applies to the Paragon II P2CIM-AUSB.
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