This posting is on how to connect a serial console server with DataPower XG45/XI52/XB62/IDG appliances.
Why do we want to do this? It allows remote access to serial console of DataPower appliance and seeing all bootup messages. For example I can login to "myXI52" appliance over serial line from anywhere in the world by:
$ telnet dp-gport 10005
Connected to dp-gport.
Escape character is '^]'.
Welcome to DataPower XI52 console configuration.
Copyright IBM Corporation 1999-2014
Version: XI188.8.131.52.0 build main.252668 on Oct 22, 2014 4:51:19 PM
Serial number: 6805302
Notice: startup config contains errors.
Whether you are allowed to access DataPower serial line at all and/or remotely depends on your company's security policy.
We have serial console servers in both Böblingen lab DataPower racks (one for Level 2 support and one for my Level 3 support rack). Since three weeks now we have a "DataPower room" in Böblingen lab -- August, Andreas and I share an office (see room sign at bottom of this posting). We do share appliances as well. This is the 16port serial console server in my rack:
On the left "ETHERNET WAN PORT" provides the network connectivity, and lines 1-4 provide serial (RS232) access to 4 of my DataPower appliances.
The serial line connection of "myXI52" appliance until today was done by connecting the blue serial line cable received with my appliance in April last year with the grey serial-to-RJ45 cable I used to connect a XI50 appliance to serial console server before.
The black cable does the same now, and is built after this prototype from Andreas, see his dwAnswer posting for details. In short you just have to cross the green and green-white cables, that's all:
The last time I did such "hardware stuff" myself was when tuning my Asuro robot back in 2006 ;-)
This is our door plate in IBM Germany Research and Development Lab, our room number is 01-0101, but we could not resist to make is "binary" ... ;-)
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