Problem establishing remote console redirection using DRAC5

Rayford_Johnson at Rayford_Johnson at
Fri Jan 13 15:04:04 CST 2012


While I've not done this with a T300 specifically if it is a DRAC5 then these instructions that I have for a PE2950/DRAC5 running RHEL5 may get you to where you need.

add 'ttyS1' to /etc/securetty for root login, if required

add 's1:2345:respawn:/sbin/agetty ttyS1 57600' to /etc/inittab

comment the 'splashimage' and 'hiddenmenu' lines in /boot/grub/grub.conf

add 'serial --unit=0 --speed=57600' and 'terminal --timeout=5 console serial'
    lines to /boot/grub/grub.conf

append or modify the kernel line(s) in /boot/grub/grub.conf to include
    'console=ttyS1,57600 console=tty0' as parameters passed to the kernel

configure the DRAC5 for Serial Console Redirection by modifying the
    appropriate [cfgSerial] options by running:
        racadm config -g cfgSerial -o cfgSerialBaudRate 57600
        racadm config -g cfgSerial -o cfgSerialConsoleEnable 1

confirm the configuration settings by running:
        racadm getconfig -g cfgSerial

configure the following BIOS settings under [Serial Communication]:
        Serial Communication  -> On with Console Redirection via COM2
        External Serial Connector -> Remote Access Device
        Failsafe Baud Rate -> 57600
        Remote Terminal Type -> VT100/VT220
        Redirection After Boot -> Enabled


connect to the drac using ssh from a client and run 'connect com2' for
     serial console redirection of the server
          *NOTE:  depending on preference of default display
                    output swap the location of 'console'
                    and 'serial' on the grub.conf "terminal"
                    line and/or the order of parameters 
                    'console=ttyS1,57600' and 'console=tty0'
                    on the kernel line(s) in grub.conf


> -----Original Message-----
> From: linux-poweredge-bounces-Lists On Behalf Of Robin Kipp
> Sent: Friday, January 13, 2012 2:43 PM
> To: linux-poweredge-Lists
> Subject: Problem establishing remote console redirection using DRAC5
> Hello,
> on my Dell Poweredge T300, I'd like to setup console redirection using
> the built-in DRAC5 and SSH. The basic idea behind this is that I'd like
> to be able to SSH into the DRAC5 remotely, and then be able to change
> settings in the BIOS using console redirection.
> What I've done so far is the following:
> 1. in the server setup, under "Serial Communication", I set the external
> serial connector to "Remote Access Device".
> 2. Exited the setup and saved changes.
> 3. Changed some SerialConsole settings on the DRAC, here's what my
> configuration looks like now:
> $ racadm getconfig -g cfgSerial
> cfgSerialBaudRate=57600
> cfgSerialConsoleEnable=1
> cfgSerialConsoleQuitKey=^\
> cfgSerialConsoleIdleTimeout=300
> cfgSerialConsoleNoAuth=0
> cfgSerialConsoleCommand=
> cfgSerialHistorySize=8192
> cfgSerialCom2RedirEnable=1
> cfgSerialTelnetEnable=0
> cfgSerialSshEnable=1
> Afterwards, I connected to the SSH service of the DRAC using a remote
> Debian machine and issued this command:
> connect com2
> It then told me I was connected to com2. I then tried pressing
> escape+shift+q, however this seemed to have no effect.
> Then, I restarted the server in order to generate some output, but the
> screen remained blank. What am I doing wrong here?
> I'd like to get this to work, so any helpful input would be greatly
> appreciated :-)
> Thanks!
> Robin
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