i have just inherited a HP/Compaq Proliant ML530 (Generation 1) server.

Ive got it configured, and got RHEL 5.x running nicely on it. But i want it to be headless. SSH is ok, but in the event that the network goes down or something I would like to have a plan B. And I have an old dumb terminal sitting doing nothing. So how to configure a serial console on the server?

Why not attach a monitor, mouse and keyboard and work on it directly?

Because its in a rack in a cupboard in the hall. And i dont have a VGA monitor or PS2 keyboard/mouse....

Nevermind, got it set up. To anyone looking to do it, Scientific Linux (Redhat clone) has a nice helper package which handles setting it up. The package is really just a wrapper round a wee perl script, which i modified to make it work under my distro.