Chapter 5. Connecting Managed Systems to SGIconsole via Serial Ports

This chapter provides a description of the steps you must follow to connect managed systems to SGIconsole via one or more Silicon Graphics EL-16 serial port servers.

Before following the steps detailed in this Chapter, it is necessary to set up the SGIconsole host system, Ethernet hub(s) (if required), and serial port server(s), as described in Chapter 3, “Setting Up the SGIconsole Host, Ethernet Hubs, and Serial Port Servers”.

For systems that connect to SGIconsole via Ethernet, see Chapter 4, “Connecting Managed Systems to SGIconsole via Ethernet”.

This chapter describes detailed steps to connect SGIconsole to the following servers and graphics systems:

Connecting SGI Origin 200 Servers to SGIconsole

If you will be connecting one or more SGI Origin 200 servers to the SGIconsole, follow the directions in this section. Otherwise, proceed to “Connecting SGI Origin 300 Servers to SGIconsole”.

The hardware configurations of the Origin 200 server setup will vary from site to site. For example, the Origin 200 servers are rackmounted in some sites, the Origin 200 servers are set up as separate towers in other sites, and two Origin 200 server towers are connected in a master/slave relationship in other sites. Figure 5-1 shows the connection of a single Origin 200 server tower through a Silicon Graphics EL-16 serial port server to an SGIconsole.

Figure 5-1. Connecting an SGI Origin 200 Server to an SGIconsole (SGI 1100 Shown)

Connecting an SGI Origin 200 Server to an SGIconsole (SGI 1100 Shown)

Although the hardware configurations of Origin 200 server setups will vary, the methods for connecting the SGIconsole are similar (unless two Origin 200 towers are connected in a master/slave relationship, in which case you connect the SGIconsole only to the master).


Note: In connecting your SGIconsole to your Origin 200 server, you may want to consult Origin200 Owner's Guide, which describes how to set up and use the Origin 200 server system. It also describes how to install hardware and software options and troubleshoot the hardware.



Note: Use only the specified cables to connect the SGIconsole to the system chassis. The server uses PC-style serial ports. You cannot use older-style SGI serial cables. See Appendix B, “Connector Pin Assignments” for cable pin assignment information.



Note: This product requires the use of external shielded cables to maintain compliance with Part 15 of the FCC rules. Serial cables from different vendors are not compatible. Verify the pin assignments of your cable before making the connection.

To connect an Origin 200 server to the SGIconsole, follow these steps:

  1. Plan your SGIconsole host system, as described in Chapter 2, “Planning an SGIconsole Installation”.

  2. Set up your SGIconsole host system, as described in Chapter 3, “Setting Up the SGIconsole Host, Ethernet Hubs, and Serial Port Servers”.

  3. Make sure that the power switch on your SGIconsole host system is off, and that the SGIconsole, the Ethernet hubs, and the Silicon Graphics EL-16 serial port servers are disconnected from a power source.

  4. Power off your Origin 200 server according to the instructions in Origin200 Owner's Guide. If you have two Origin 200 servers connected in a master/slave relationship, make sure that you power off both servers.

  5. Make sure that you have the following items (shown in Figure 5-2):

    • One RJ-45 to 8-pin mini-DIN serial cable (25 feet (7.5m), part number 9290166) per server.

    • One RJ-45 to DB-9 twisted-pair serial cable (25 feet (7.5m), part number 9290165) per server.


      Note: As an alternative to the RJ-45 to DB-9 twisted-pair serial cable, you can use a standard RJ-45 to RJ-45 twisted–pair cable with an RJ-45 to DB-9 adapter. See “RJ-45 to DB-9 Serial Adapter” in Appendix B for adapter pin assignments.


      Figure 5-2. Items Needed to Connect an SGI Origin 200 Server to an SGIconsole

      Items Needed to Connect an SGI Origin 200 Server to an SGIconsole

  6. Connect the RJ-45 connector end of the RJ-45 to DB-9 cable to one of the RJ-45 serial jacks on the Silicon Graphics EL-16 serial port server. Connect the DB-9 connector to the Origin 200 server's serial port jack labeled “Serial Port Connector 1.” See Figure 5-3.

    Figure 5-3. Connecting the SGI Origin 200 Server Serial Port Connector to the Serial Port Server

    Connecting the SGI Origin 200 Server Serial Port Connector to the Serial Port Server

  7. Connect the RJ-45 end of the RJ-45-to-8-pin mini-DIN cable to one of the RJ-45 serial jacks on the Silicon Graphics EL-16 serial port server. Connect the 8-pin end of the cable into the SGI Origin 200 server Aux port that connects to the server module system controller (MSC). See Figure 5-4.

    Figure 5-4. Connecting the SGI Origin 200 Server AUX Port to the Serial Port Server

    Connecting the SGI Origin 200 Server AUX Port to the Serial Port Server

  8. Connect the cables for any other Origin 200 servers at your location as you did in steps 6 and 7.

  9. If you will be connecting other managed systems to the SGIconsole, proceed to “Connecting SGI Origin 300 Servers to SGIconsole”.

  10. If you are finished connecting managed systems to the SGIconsole, connect the power cables for your Ethernet hubs, the Silicon Graphics EL-16 serial port servers, the managed systems, and the SGIconsole host system to a power source.

  11. Power on all your managed systems according to the instructions in their respective user's guides.

  12. Power on your SGIconsole according to the instructions in your host system user's guide.

Connecting SGI Origin 300 Servers to SGIconsole

If you will be connecting one or more SGI Origin 300 servers to the SGIconsole, follow the directions in this section. Otherwise, proceed to “Connecting SGI Onyx 300 Graphics Systems to SGIconsole”.

The hardware configurations of the Origin 300 server setup will vary from site to site. For example, the Origin 300 servers are rackmounted in some sites, the Origin 300 servers are placed on a table top in other sites, and two Origin 300 servers are connected in a master/slave relationship in other sites. Figure 5-5 shows the connection of a single Origin 300 server through a Silicon Graphics EL-16 serial port server to an SGIconsole.


Note: SGI Origin 300 servers with a NUMAlink module are managed via an Ethernet connection, as described in Chapter 4, “Connecting Managed Systems to SGIconsole via Ethernet”. Origin 300 systems with a NUMAlink module and L2 controller must use L2 firmware 1.30.0 or later. L2 firmware 1.30.0 and L1 firmware greater than 1.18.0 are included in System Controller release 1.7.



Note: In order for your SGIconsole to operate successfully with your SGI Origin 300 series system, your system must be running L1 firmware revision 1.18.0 or later.

Figure 5-5. Connecting an SGI Origin 300 Server to an SGIconsole (SGI 1100 shown)

Connecting an SGI Origin 300 Server to an SGIconsole (SGI 1100 shown)

Although the hardware configurations of Origin 300 server setups will vary, the methods for connecting the SGIconsole are similar (unless two Origin 300 towers are connected in a master/slave relationship, in which case you connect the SGIconsole only to the master).


Note: In connecting your SGIconsole to your Origin 300 server, you may want to consult the SGI Origin 300 User's Guide, which describes how to set up and use the Origin 300 server system. It also describes how to install hardware and software options and troubleshoot the hardware.



Note: Use only the specified cables to connect the SGIconsole to the system chassis. The server uses PC-style serial ports. You cannot use older-style SGI serial cables. See Appendix B, “Connector Pin Assignments” for cable pin assignment information.



Note: This product requires the use of external shielded cables to maintain compliance with Part 15 of the FCC rules. Serial cables from different vendors are not compatible. Verify the pin assignments of your cable before making the connection.

To connect an Origin 300 server to the SGIconsole, follow these steps:

  1. Plan your SGIconsole host system, as described in Chapter 2, “Planning an SGIconsole Installation”.

  2. Set up your SGIconsole host system, as described in Chapter 3, “Setting Up the SGIconsole Host, Ethernet Hubs, and Serial Port Servers”.

  3. Make sure that the power switch on your SGIconsole host system is off, and that the SGIconsole, the Ethernet hubs, and the Silicon Graphics EL-16 serial port servers are disconnected from a power source.

  4. Power off your Origin 300 server according to the instructions in the SGI Origin 300 User's Guide. If you have two Origin 300 servers connected in a master/slave relationship, make sure that you power off both servers.

  5. Make sure that you have the following items (shown in Figure 5-6):

    • One RJ-45 to DB-9 twisted-pair flow-control cable (25 feet (7.5 meters), part number 7261215) per server.


      Note: As an alternative to the RJ-45 to DB-9 twisted-pair cable, you can use a standard RJ-45 to RJ-45 twisted–pair cable with an RJ-45 to DB-9 adapter. See “RJ-45 to DB-9 Serial Adapter With Flow Control” in Appendix B for adapter pin assignments.


      Figure 5-6. Items Needed to Connect an SGI Origin 300 Server to an SGIconsole

      Items Needed to Connect an SGI Origin 300 Server to an SGIconsole

  6. Connect the RJ-45 connector end of the RJ-45 to DB-9 cable to one of the RJ-45 serial jacks on the Silicon Graphics EL-16 serial port server. Connect the DB-9 connector to the Origin 300 server's serial port jack labeled “Console.” See Figure 5-7.

    Figure 5-7. Connecting the Origin 300 Server Serial Port Connector to the Serial Port Server

    Connecting the Origin 300 Server Serial Port Connector to the Serial Port Server

  7. Connect the cables for any other Origin 300 servers at your location as you did in step 6.

  8. If you will be connecting other managed systems to the SGIconsole, proceed to “Connecting SGI Onyx 300 Graphics Systems to SGIconsole”.

  9. If you are finished connecting managed systems to the SGIconsole, connect the power cables for your Ethernet hubs, the Silicon Graphics EL-16 serial port servers, the managed systems, and the SGIconsole host system to a power source.

  10. Power on all your managed systems according to the instructions in their respective user's guides.

  11. Power on your SGIconsole according to the instructions in your host system user's guide.

Connecting SGI Onyx 300 Graphics Systems to SGIconsole

If you will be connecting one or more SGI Onyx 300 graphics systems to the SGIconsole, follow the directions in this section. Otherwise, proceed to “Connecting SGI Origin 350 Servers to SGIconsole”.

The SGI Onyx 300 graphics system is actually the G–brick for the SGI Origin 300 series servers. Management and monitoring of the SGI Onyx 300 series graphics systems is performed through the SGIconsole connections to the SGI Origin 300 series servers. See “Connecting SGI Origin 300 Servers to SGIconsole” for details on how to connect an SGIconsole to the SGI Origin 300 series servers.

Once you have finished connecting your Onyx 300 graphics system, proceed to “Connecting SGI Origin 350 Servers to SGIconsole”.


Note: In order for your SGIconsole to operate successfully with your SGI Onyx 300 graphics system, your system must be running L1 firmware revision 1.18.0 or later. Systems with a NUMAlink module and L2 controller must use L2 firmware 1.30.0 or later. L2 firmware 1.30.0 and L1 firmware greater than 1.18.0 are included in System Controller release 1.7.


Connecting SGI Origin 350 Servers to SGIconsole

If you will be connecting one or more SGI Origin 350 servers to the SGIconsole, follow the directions in this section. Otherwise, proceed to “Connecting SGI Onyx 350 Graphics Systems to SGIconsole”.

The hardware configurations of the Origin 350 server setup will vary from site to site. For example, the Origin 350 servers are rackmounted in some sites, the Origin 350 servers are placed on a table top in other sites, and two Origin 350 servers are connected in a master/slave relationship in other sites. Figure 5-8 shows the connection of a single Origin 350 server through a Silicon Graphics EL-16 serial port server to an SGIconsole.


Note: SGI Origin 350 servers with a NUMAlink module are managed via an Ethernet connection, as described in Chapter 4, “Connecting Managed Systems to SGIconsole via Ethernet”. Origin 350 systems with a NUMAlink module and L2 controller must use L2 firmware 1.30.0 or later. L2 firmware 1.30.0 and L1 firmware greater than 1.18.0 are included in System Controller release 1.7.



Note: In order for your SGIconsole to operate successfully with your SGI Origin 350 server, your system must be running L1 firmware revision 1.18.0 or later.

Figure 5-8. Connecting an SGI Origin 350 Server to an (SGI 1100) SGIconsole

Connecting an SGI Origin 350 Server to an (SGI 1100) SGIconsole

Although the hardware configurations of Origin 350 server setups will vary, the methods for connecting the SGIconsole are similar (unless two Origin 350 towers are connected in a master/slave relationship, in which case you connect the SGIconsole only to the master).


Note: In connecting your SGIconsole to your Origin 350 server, you may want to consult the SGI Origin 350 User's Guide, which describes how to set up and use the Origin 350 server system. It also describes how to install hardware and software options and troubleshoot the hardware.



Note: Use only the specified cables to connect the SGIconsole to the system chassis. The server uses PC-style serial ports. You cannot use older-style SGI serial cables. See Appendix B, “Connector Pin Assignments” for cable pin assignment information.



Note: This product requires the use of external shielded cables to maintain compliance with Part 15 of the FCC rules. Serial cables from different vendors are not compatible. Verify the pin assignments of your cable before making the connection.

To connect an Origin 350 server to the SGIconsole, follow these steps:

  1. Plan your SGIconsole host system, as described in Chapter 2, “Planning an SGIconsole Installation”.

  2. Set up your SGIconsole host system, as described in Chapter 3, “Setting Up the SGIconsole Host, Ethernet Hubs, and Serial Port Servers”.

  3. Make sure that the power switch on your SGIconsole host system is off, and that the SGIconsole, the Ethernet hubs, and the Silicon Graphics EL-16 serial port servers are disconnected from a power source.

  4. Power off your Origin 350 server according to the instructions in the SGI Origin 350 User's Guide. If you have two Origin 350 servers connected in a master/slave relationship, make sure that you power off both servers.

  5. Make sure that you have the following items (shown in Figure 5-9):

    • One RJ-45 to DB-9 twisted-pair flow-control cable (25 feet (7.5 meters), part number 7261215) per server.


      Note: As an alternative to the RJ-45 to DB-9 twisted-pair cable, you can use a standard RJ-45 to RJ-45 twisted–pair cable with an RJ-45 to DB-9 adapter. See “RJ-45 to DB-9 Serial Adapter With Flow Control” in Appendix B for adapter pin assignments.


      Figure 5-9. Items Needed to Connect an SGI Origin 350 Server to an SGIconsole

      Items Needed to Connect an SGI Origin 350 Server to an SGIconsole

  6. Connect the RJ-45 connector end of the RJ-45 to DB-9 cable to one of the RJ-45 serial jacks on the Silicon Graphics EL-16 serial port server. Connect the DB-9 connector to the Origin 350 server's serial port jack labeled “Console.” See Figure 5-10.

    Figure 5-10. Connecting the Origin 350 Server Serial Port Connector to the Serial Port Server

    Connecting the Origin 350 Server Serial Port Connector to the Serial Port Server

  7. Connect the cables for any other Origin 350 servers at your location as you did in step 6.

  8. If you will be connecting other managed systems to the SGIconsole, proceed to “Connecting SGI Altix 350 Servers to SGIconsole” or the next applicable section.

  9. If you are finished connecting managed systems to the SGIconsole, connect the power cables for your Ethernet hubs, the Silicon Graphics EL-16 serial port servers, the managed systems, and the SGIconsole host system to a power source.

  10. Power on all your managed systems according to the instructions in their respective user's guides.

  11. Power on your SGIconsole according to the instructions in your host system user's guide.

Connecting SGI Altix 350 Servers to SGIconsole

If you will be connecting one or more SGI Altix 350 servers to the SGIconsole, follow the directions in this section. Otherwise, proceed to “Connecting SGI Onyx 350 Graphics Systems to SGIconsole” or the next applicable section.

The hardware configurations of the Altix 350 server setup will vary from site to site. For example, the Altix 350 servers are rackmounted in some sites, the Altix 350 servers are placed on a table top in other sites, and two Altix 350 servers are connected in a master/slave relationship in other sites. Figure 5-8 shows the connection of a single Altix 350 server through a Silicon Graphics EL-16 serial port server to an SGIconsole.


Note: In order for your SGIconsole to operate successfully with your SGI Altix 350 server, your system must be running L1 firmware revision 1.18.0 or later.

Figure 5-11. Connecting an SGI Altix 350 Server to a (Dell D600 Laptop) SGIconsole

Connecting an SGI Altix 350 Server to a (Dell D600 Laptop) SGIconsole

Although the hardware configurations of Altix 350 server setups will vary, the methods for connecting the SGIconsole are similar (unless two Altix 350 towers are connected in a master/slave relationship, in which case you connect the SGIconsole only to the master).


Note: In connecting your SGIconsole to your Altix 350 server, you may want to consult the SGI Altix 350 System User's Guide, which describes how to set up and use the Altix 350 server system. It also describes how to install hardware and software options and troubleshoot the hardware.



Note: Use only the specified cables to connect the SGIconsole to the system chassis. The server uses PC-style serial ports. You cannot use older-style SGI serial cables. See Appendix B, “Connector Pin Assignments” for cable pin assignment information.



Note: This product requires the use of external shielded cables to maintain compliance with Part 15 of the FCC rules. Serial cables from different vendors are not compatible. Verify the pin assignments of your cable before making the connection.

To connect an Altix 350 server to the SGIconsole, follow these steps:

  1. Plan your SGIconsole host system, as described in Chapter 2, “Planning an SGIconsole Installation”.

  2. Set up your SGIconsole host system, as described in Chapter 3, “Setting Up the SGIconsole Host, Ethernet Hubs, and Serial Port Servers”.

  3. Make sure that the power switch on your SGIconsole host system is off, and that the SGIconsole, the Ethernet hubs, and the Silicon Graphics EL-16 serial port servers are disconnected from a power source.

  4. Power off your Altix 350 server according to the instructions in the SGI Altix 350 System User's Guide. If you have two Altix 350 servers connected in a master/slave relationship, make sure that you power off both servers.

  5. Make sure that you have the following items (shown in Figure 5-9):

    • One RJ-45 to DB-9 twisted-pair flow-control cable (25 feet (7.5 meters), part number 7261215) per server.


      Note: As an alternative to the RJ-45 to DB-9 twisted-pair cable, you can use a standard RJ-45 to RJ-45 twisted–pair cable with an RJ-45 to DB-9 adapter. See “RJ-45 to DB-9 Serial Adapter With Flow Control” in Appendix B for adapter pin assignments.


      Figure 5-12. Items Needed to Connect an SGI Altix 350 Server to an SGIconsole

      Items Needed to Connect an SGI Altix 350 Server to an SGIconsole

  6. Connect the RJ-45 connector end of the RJ-45 to DB-9 cable to one of the RJ-45 serial jacks on the Silicon Graphics EL-16 serial port server. Connect the DB-9 connector to the Altix 350 server's serial port jack labeled “Console.” See Figure 5-10.

    Figure 5-13. Connecting the Altix 350 Server Serial Port Connector to the Serial Port Server

    Connecting the Altix 350 Server Serial Port Connector to the Serial Port Server

  7. Connect the cables for any other Altix 350 servers at your location as you did in step 6.

  8. If you will be connecting other managed systems to the SGIconsole, proceed to “Connecting SGI Onyx 350 Graphics Systems to SGIconsole”.

  9. If you are finished connecting managed systems to the SGIconsole, connect the power cables for your Ethernet hubs, the Silicon Graphics EL-16 serial port servers, the managed systems, and the SGIconsole host system to a power source.

  10. Power on all your managed systems according to the instructions in their respective user's guides.

Power on your SGIconsole according to the instructions in your host system user's guide.

Connecting SGI Onyx 350 Graphics Systems to SGIconsole

If you will be connecting one or more SGI Onyx 350 graphics systems to the SGIconsole, follow the directions in this section. Otherwise, proceed to “Connecting SGI 2100 or SGI 2200 Servers to SGIconsole”.

The SGI Onyx 350 graphics system is actually the G–brick for the SGI Origin 350 series servers. Management and monitoring of the SGI Onyx 350 series graphics systems is performed through the SGIconsole connections to the SGI Origin 350 series servers. See “Connecting SGI Origin 350 Servers to SGIconsole” for details on how to connect an SGIconsole to the SGI Origin 350 series servers.

Once you have finished connecting your Onyx 350 graphics system, proceed to “Connecting SGI 2100 or SGI 2200 Servers to SGIconsole”.


Note: In order for your SGIconsole to operate successfully with your SGI Onyx 350 graphics system, your system must be running L1 firmware revision 1.18.0 or later. Onyx 350 systems with a NUMAlink module and L2 controller must use L2 firmware 1.30.0 or later. L2 firmware 1.30.0 and L1 firmware greater than 1.18.0 are included in System Controller release 1.7.


Connecting SGI 2100 or SGI 2200 Servers to SGIconsole

If you will be connecting one or more SGI 2100 or SGI 2200 servers to the SGIconsole, follow the directions in this section. Otherwise, proceed to “Connecting SGI 2400 or SGI 2800 Servers to SGIconsole”.

The hardware configurations of the SGI 2100 and SGI 2200 servers will vary from site to site. For example, the SGI 2100 or SGI 2200 servers are rackmounted in some sites, while the SGI 2100 or SGI 2200 servers are set up separately as deskside systems in other sites. Figure 5-14 shows the connection of a single SGI 2100 through a Silicon Graphics EL-16 serial port server to an SGIconsole.

Although the hardware configurations of SGI 2100 and SGI 2200 server setups will vary, the methods for connecting to the SGIconsole are identical for all hardware configurations.


Note: In order for your SGIconsole to operate successfully with your SGI 2100 or SGI 2200 server, your servers must be running MSC firmware revision 3.1 or later.



Note: In connecting your SGIconsole to an SGI 2100 server, you may want to consult SGI 2100 Owner's Guide, which describes how to set up and use the SGI 2100 server. Likewise, in connecting your SGIconsole to an SGI 2200 server, you may want to consult SGI 2200 Server Owner's Guide.



Note: Use only the specified cables to connect the SGIconsole to the system chassis. The server uses PC-style serial ports. You cannot use older-style SGI serial cables. See Appendix B, “Connector Pin Assignments” for cable pin assignment information.



Note: This product requires the use of external shielded cables to maintain compliance with Part 15 of the FCC rules. Serial cables from different vendors are not compatible. Verify the pin assignments of your cable before making the connection.

Figure 5-14. Connecting an SGI 2100 or SGI 2200 Server to an SGIconsole (SGI 1100 Shown)

Connecting an SGI 2100 or SGI 2200 Server to an SGIconsole (SGI 1100 Shown)

To connect the SGIconsole to the SGI 2100 or SGI 2200 server, follow these steps:

  1. Plan your SGIconsole host system, as described in Chapter 2, “Planning an SGIconsole Installation”.

  2. Set up your SGIconsole host system, as described in Chapter 3, “Setting Up the SGIconsole Host, Ethernet Hubs, and Serial Port Servers”.

  3. Make sure that the power switch on your SGIconsole host system is off, and that the SGIconsole, the Ethernet hubs, and the Silicon Graphics EL-16 serial port servers are disconnected from a power source.

  4. Make sure that the SGI 2100 or SGI 2200 server is powered off according to the instructions in SGI 2100 Owner's Guide or SGI 2200 Owner's Guide.

  5. Make sure that you have the following items (see Figure 5-15):

    • Two RJ-45 to DB-9 twisted-pair serial cables (25 feet (7.5 meters), part number 9290165) per server.


      Note: As an alternative to the RJ-45 to DB-9 twisted-pair serial cable, you can use a standard RJ-45 to RJ-45 twisted-pair cable with an RJ-45 to DB-9 adapter. See “RJ-45 to DB-9 Serial Adapter” in Appendix B for adapter pin assignments.


      Figure 5-15. Items Needed to Connect an SGI 2100 or SGI 2200 Server to an SGIconsole

      Items Needed to Connect an SGI 2100 or SGI 2200 Server to an SGIconsole

  6. Connect the RJ-45 end of one of the RJ-45 to DB-9 cable to one of the RJ-45 jacks on the Silicon Graphics EL-16 serial port server. Connect the DB-9 connector to the SGI 2100 or SGI 2200 serial port jack labeled “tty_1, Console.” See Figure 5-16.

    Figure 5-16. Connecting the SGI 2100 or SGI 2200 tty_1, Console Connector to the Serial Port Server

    Connecting the SGI 2100 or SGI 2200 tty_1, Console Connector to the Serial Port Server

  7. Connect the RJ-45 end of the second RJ-45 to DB-9 cable to one of the RJ-45 serial jacks on the Silicon Graphics EL-16 serial port server. Connect the DB-9 connector to the DB-9 jack on the SGI 2100 or SGI 2200 server Module System Controller (MSC) diagnostic serial port. See Figure 5-17.

    Figure 5-17. Connecting the SGI 2100 or SGI 2200 Server MSC Serial Port to the Serial Port Server

    Connecting the SGI 2100 or SGI 2200 Server MSC Serial Port to the Serial Port Server

  8. Connect the cables for any other SGI 2100 or SGI 2200 servers at your location as you did in steps 6 and 7.

  9. If you will be connecting other managed systems to the SGIconsole, proceed to “Connecting SGI 2400 or SGI 2800 Servers to SGIconsole”.

  10. If you are finished connecting managed systems to the SGIconsole, connect the power cables for your Ethernet hubs, the Silicon Graphics EL-16 serial port servers, the managed systems, and the SGIconsole host system to a power source.

  11. Power on all your managed systems according to the instructions in their respective user's guides.

  12. Power on your SGIconsole according to the instructions in your host system user's guide.

Connecting SGI 2400 or SGI 2800 Servers to SGIconsole

If you will be connecting one or more SGI 2400 or SGI 2800 servers to the SGIconsole, follow the directions in this section. Otherwise, proceed to “Connecting SGI Origin 3200 Servers Without L2 Controllers to SGIconsole”.

The hardware configurations for the rackmountable SGI 2400 and SGI 2800 servers are similar to each other and from site to site. Therefore, methods for connecting the SGIconsole to a server are similar for all hardware configurations of these servers. Figure 5-18 shows the connection of an SGI 2400 or an SGI 2800 server through a Silicon Graphics EL-16 serial port server to an SGIconsole. (These servers are positioned with module B above module A in the rack, and it is assumed that module A is the master module.)


Note: In order for your SGIconsole to operate successfully with your SGI 2400 or SGI 2800 servers, your servers must be running MSC firmware revision 3.1 or later.



Note: In connecting your SGIconsole to an SGI 2400 server or an SGI 2800 server, you may want to consult SGI 2400 and 2800 Owner's Guide, which describes how to set up and use these servers.



Note: Use only the specified cables to connect the SGIconsole to the system chassis. The server uses PC-style serial ports. You cannot use older-style SGI serial cables. See Appendix B, “Connector Pin Assignments” for cable pin assignment information.



Note: This product requires the use of external shielded cables to maintain compliance with Part 15 of the FCC rules. Serial cables from different vendors are not compatible. Verify the pin assignments of your cable before making the connection.

Figure 5-18. Connecting an SGI 2400 or SGI 2800 Server to an SGIconsole (SGI 1100 Shown)

Connecting an SGI 2400 or SGI 2800 Server to an SGIconsole (SGI 1100 Shown)

To connect an SGI 2400 or SGI 2800 server to an SGIconsole, follow these steps (it is assumed that module B is located above module A in the rack and that module A is the master module):

  1. Plan your SGIconsole host system, as described in Chapter 2, “Planning an SGIconsole Installation”.

  2. Set up your SGIconsole host system, as described in Chapter 3, “Setting Up the SGIconsole Host, Ethernet Hubs, and Serial Port Servers”.

  3. Make sure that the power switch on your SGIconsole host system is off, and that the SGIconsole, the Ethernet hubs, and the Silicon Graphics EL-16 serial port servers are disconnected from a power source.

  4. Make sure that you power off the SGI 2400 or SGI 2800 server according to the instructions in SGI 2400 and 2800 Server Owner's Guide.

  5. Make sure that you have the following items as shown in Figure 5-19:

    • One twisted-pair serial cable with an RJ-45 connector on one end and an 8-pin mini–DIN at the other (25 feet (7.5 meters), part number 9290166) per server.

    • Three twisted-pair serial cables with a DB-9 connector at one end and an 8-pin mini–DIN at the other (20 feet (6 meters), part number 018-0668-001) per server.

      Figure 5-19. Items Needed to Connect an SGI 2400 or SGI 2800 Server to an SGIconsole

      Items Needed to Connect an SGI 2400 or SGI 2800 Server to an SGIconsole

  6. Connect the RJ-45 connector end of the RJ-45 to 8–pin mini–DIN twisted-pair serial cable to one of the RJ-45 serial jacks on the Silicon Graphics EL-16 serial port server. Then connect the 8–pin mini–DIN end of the cable to the 8-pin connector on the MMSC labeled “Console.” See Figure 5-20.

    Figure 5-20. Connecting the MMSC 8-pin Console Port to the Serial Port Server

    Connecting the MMSC 8-pin Console Port to the Serial Port Server

  7. Connect the 8-pin mini–DIN connector end of one of the 8-pin mini–DIN to DB-9 cables to the 8-pin connector on the MMSC labeled “BASE IO TTY1.” Connect the DB-9 connector end of this same cable to the serial port connector labeled “tty_1, Console” of the SGI 2400 or SGI 2800 server module A located in the lower bay of the rack. See Figure 5-21.

    Figure 5-21. Connecting the MMSC Base I/O TTY1 to the Module A tty_1, Console Connector

    Connecting the MMSC Base I/O TTY1 to the Module A tty_1, Console Connector

  8. Connect the 8-pin connector of the second 8-pin mini–DIN to DB-9 cable to the MMSC connector labeled “Upper Bay.” Connect the DB-9 connector end of the same cable to the Module System Controller (MSC) serial port rear panel connector of the SGI 2400 or SGI 2800 server module B located in the upper bay of the rack. See Figure 5-22.


    Note: If you connect a device to the Module System Controller (MSC) serial port rear panel connector, you cannot connect a device to the MSC diagnostic port located on your server front panel at the same time. (The rear panel MSC port and the front panel MSC port use the same circuitry, and signals cannot be accepted or sent through both ports at the same time.)


    Figure 5-22. Connecting the MMSC Upper Bay Connector to the Module B MSC Serial Port

    Connecting the MMSC Upper Bay Connector to the Module B MSC Serial Port

  9. Connect the 8-pin connector of the third 8-pin mini–DIN to DB-9 cable to the MMSC connector labeled “Lower Bay.” Connect the DB-9 connector end of the same cable to the Module System Controller (MSC) serial port connector of the SGI 2400 or SGI 2800 server module A located in the lower bay of the rack. See Figure 5-23.


    Note: If you connect a device to the Module System Controller (MSC) serial port rear panel connector, you cannot connect a device to the MSC diagnostic port located on your server front panel at the same time. (The rear panel MSC port and the front panel MSC port use the same circuitry, and signals cannot be accepted or sent through both ports at the same time.)


    Figure 5-23. Connecting the MMSC Lower Bay Connector to the Module A MSC Serial Port

    Connecting the MMSC Lower Bay Connector to the Module A MSC Serial Port

  10. Connect the cables for any other SGI 2400 or SGI 2800 servers at your location as you did in steps 6 through 9. If you want to interconnect the racks, see SGI 2400 and 2800 Server Owner's Guide for instructions.

  11. If you will be connecting other managed systems to the SGIconsole, proceed to “Connecting SGI Origin 3200 Servers Without L2 Controllers to SGIconsole”.

  12. If you are finished connecting managed systems to the SGIconsole, connect the power cables for your Ethernet hubs, the Silicon Graphics EL-16 serial port servers, the managed systems, and the SGIconsole host system to a power source.

  13. Power on all your managed systems according to the instructions in their respective user's guides.

  14. Power on your SGIconsole according to the instructions in your host system user's guide.

Connecting SGI Origin 3200 Servers Without L2 Controllers to SGIconsole

If you will be connecting one or more SGI Origin 3200 servers without L2 controllers to the SGIconsole, follow the directions in this section. Otherwise, proceed to “Connecting Silicon Graphics Onyx2 Deskside Graphics Workstations to SGIconsole”.

The hardware configurations of the SGI 3200 servers will vary from site to site. For example, the SGI 3200 servers are rackmounted in some sites, while the SGI 3200 servers are set up separately as deskside systems in other sites. Figure 5-24 shows the connection of a single SGI 3200 through a Silicon Graphics EL-16 serial port server to an SGI 1100 as the SGIconsole.

Although the hardware configurations of SGI 3200 server setups will vary, the methods for connecting the SGIconsole are similar for all hardware configurations.


Note: Some SGI Origin 3200 servers include L2 controllers. If you have an SGI Origin 3200 server with an L2 controller, do not use this section. Instead, refer to “Connecting SGI Origin 3000 Series Servers With L2 Controllers to SGIconsole” in Chapter 4.



Note: In order for your SGIconsole to operate successfully with your Origin 3200 servers, your servers must be running L1 firmware revision 1.18.0 or later.



Note: In connecting your SGIconsole to an SGI 3200 server, you may want to consult the SGI 3200 Owner's Guide, which describes how to set up and use the SGI 3200 server. Likewise, in connecting your SGIconsole to an SGI 3200 server, consult the SGI 3200 Server Owner's Guide.



Note: Use only the specified cables to connect the SGIconsole to the system chassis. The server uses PC-style serial ports. You cannot use older-style SGI serial cables. See Appendix B, “Connector Pin Assignments” for cable pin assignment information.



Note: This product requires the use of external shielded cables to maintain compliance with Part 15 of the FCC rules. Serial cables from different vendors are not compatible. Verify the pin assignments of your cable before making the connection.

Figure 5-24. Connecting an SGI Origin 3200 Server Without an L2 Controller to an SGIconsole

Connecting an SGI Origin 3200 Server Without an L2 Controller to an SGIconsole

To connect an SGI 3200 to an SGIconsole, follow these steps:

  1. Plan your SGIconsole host system, as described in Chapter 2, “Planning an SGIconsole Installation”.

  2. Set up your SGIconsole host system, as described in Chapter 3, “Setting Up the SGIconsole Host, Ethernet Hubs, and Serial Port Servers”.

  3. Make sure that the power switch on your SGIconsole host system is off, and that the SGIconsole, the Ethernet hubs, and the Silicon Graphics EL-16 serial port servers are disconnected from a power source.

  4. Make sure that the SGI 3200 server is powered off according to the instructions in SGI 3200 Owner's Guide.

  5. Make sure that you have the following items (as shown in Figure 5-25):

    • One RJ-45 to DB-9 twisted-pair flow-control serial cable (25 feet (7.5 meters), part number 7261215) per server.


      Note: As an alternative to the RJ-45 to DB-9 twisted-pair serial cable, you can use a standard RJ-45 to RJ-45 twisted-pair cable with an RJ-45 to DB-9 adapter. See “RJ-45 to DB-9 Serial Adapter With Flow Control” in Appendix B for adapter pin assignments.


      Figure 5-25. Items Needed to Connect an SGI Origin 3200 Server to an SGIconsole

      Items Needed to Connect an SGI Origin 3200 Server to an SGIconsole

  6. Connect the RJ-45 end of one of the RJ-45 to DB-9 cable to one of the RJ-45 serial jacks in the Silicon Graphics EL-16 serial port server. Connect the DB-9 connector to the SGI 3200 serial port jack labeled “Console.” See Figure 5-26.

    Figure 5-26. Connecting the SGI Origin 3200 Server Console Port to the Serial Port Server

    Connecting the SGI Origin 3200 Server Console Port to the Serial Port Server

  7. Connect the cables for any other SGI 3200 servers at your location as you did in step 6.

  8. If you will be connecting other managed systems to the SGIconsole, proceed to “Connecting Silicon Graphics Onyx2 Deskside Graphics Workstations to SGIconsole”.

  9. If you are finished connecting managed systems to the SGIconsole, connect the power cables for your Ethernet hubs, the Silicon Graphics EL-16 serial port servers, the managed systems, and the SGIconsole host system to a power source.

  10. Power on all your managed systems according to the instructions in their respective user's guides.

  11. Power on your SGIconsole according to the instructions in your host system user's guide.

Connecting Silicon Graphics Onyx2 Deskside Graphics Workstations to SGIconsole

If you will be connecting one or more Silicon Graphics Onyx2 deskside workstations to the SGIconsole, follow the directions in this section. Otherwise, proceed to “Connecting Silicon Graphics Onyx2 Rackmount Graphics Systems to SGIconsole”.

The hardware configurations of Silicon Graphics Onyx2 deskside workstations will vary from site to site, but these workstations are generally set up separately as deskside systems. Figure 5-27 shows the connection of a single Silicon Graphics Onyx2 deskside workstation through a Silicon Graphics EL-16 serial port server to an SGIconsole.


Note: In order for your SGIconsole to operate successfully with your Silicon Graphics Onyx2 deskside workstation, your workstation must be running MSC firmware revision 3.1 or later.

Figure 5-27. Connecting a Silicon Graphics Onyx2 Deskside Workstation to an SGIconsole

Connecting a Silicon Graphics Onyx2 Deskside Workstation to an SGIconsole

Although the hardware configurations of Silicon Graphics Onyx2 deskside workstation setups vary, the methods for connecting the SGIconsole are similar for all hardware configurations.


Note: In connecting your SGIconsole to a Silicon Graphics Onyx2 deskside workstation, you may want to consult Silicon Graphics Onyx2 Deskside Workstation Owner's Guide, which describes how to set up and use the Silicon Graphics Onyx2 deskside workstation.



Note: Use only the specified cables to connect the SGIconsole to the system chassis. The server uses PC-style serial ports. You cannot use older-style SGI serial cables. See Appendix B, “Connector Pin Assignments” for cable pin assignment information.



Note: This product requires the use of external shielded cables to maintain compliance with Part 15 of the FCC rules. Serial cables from different vendors are not compatible. Verify the pin assignments of your cable before making the connection.



Note: Do not run cables through areas that are electrically noisy, such as places where large electric motors, welding apparatus, or X-ray machines operate. Bury outside wiring in conduit, as lightning strikes can damage the system.

To connect the SGIconsole to the Silicon Graphics Onyx2 deskside workstation, follow these steps:

  1. Plan your SGIconsole host system, as described in Chapter 2, “Planning an SGIconsole Installation”.

  2. Set up your SGIconsole host system, as described in Chapter 3, “Setting Up the SGIconsole Host, Ethernet Hubs, and Serial Port Servers”.

  3. Make sure that the power switch on your SGIconsole host system is off, and that the SGIconsole, the Ethernet hubs, and the Silicon Graphics EL-16 serial port servers are disconnected from a power source.

  4. Make sure that the Silicon Graphics Onyx2 deskside workstation is powered off according to the instructions in Silicon Graphics Onyx2 Deskside Workstation Owner's Guide.

  5. Make sure that you have the following items (see Figure 5-28):

    • Two RJ-45 to DB-9 twisted-pair serial cables (25 feet (7.5 meters), part number 9290165) per deskside workstation.


      Note: As an alternative to the RJ-45 to DB-9 twisted-pair serial cable, you can use a standard RJ-45 to RJ-45 twisted–pair cable with an RJ-45 to DB-9 adapter. See “RJ-45 to DB-9 Serial Adapter” in Appendix B for adapter pin assignments.


      Figure 5-28. Items Needed to Connect a Silicon Graphics Onyx2 Deskside Workstation to an SGIconsole

      Items Needed to Connect a Silicon Graphics Onyx2 Deskside Workstation to an SGIconsole

  6. Connect the RJ-45 end of the RJ-45 to DB-9 serial cable to one of the RJ-45 serial jacks on the Silicon Graphics EL-16 serial port server. Connect the DB-9 connector to the Silicon Graphics Onyx2 deskside workstation serial port jack labeled “tty_1, Console.” See Figure 5-29.

    Figure 5-29. Connecting the tty_1, Console Connector to the Serial Port Server

    Connecting the tty_1, Console Connector to the Serial Port Server

  7. Connect the RJ-45 end of the second RJ-45 to DB-9 cable to one of the RJ-45 serial jacks on the Silicon Graphics EL-16 serial port server. Connect the DB-9 connector to the DB-9 jack on the Silicon Graphics Onyx2 deskside workstation Module System Controller (MSC) diagnostic serial port. See Figure 5-30.

    Figure 5-30. Connecting the MSC Serial Port Connector to the Serial Port Server

    Connecting the MSC Serial Port Connector to the Serial Port Server

  8. Connect the cables for any other Silicon Graphics Onyx2 deskside workstations at your location as you did in steps 6 and 7.

  9. If you will be connecting other managed systems to the SGIconsole, proceed to “Connecting Silicon Graphics Onyx2 Rackmount Graphics Systems to SGIconsole”.

  10. If you are finished connecting managed systems to the SGIconsole, connect the power cables for your Ethernet hubs, the Silicon Graphics EL-16 serial port servers, the managed systems, and the SGIconsole host system to a power source.

  11. Power on all your managed systems according to the instructions in their respective user's guides.

  12. Power on your SGIconsole according to the instructions in your host system user's guide.

Connecting Silicon Graphics Onyx2 Rackmount Graphics Systems to SGIconsole

If you will be connecting one or more Silicon Graphics Onyx2 rackmount graphics systems to the SGIconsole, follow the directions in this section. Otherwise, proceed to “Connecting Other Systems to SGIconsole”.

The hardware configurations for the Silicon Graphics Onyx2 rackmount graphics systems are similar to each other and from site to site. Therefore, methods for connecting the SGIconsole to an Onyx2 rackmount system are similar for all hardware configurations of these graphics systems.

Figure 5-31 shows the connection of a Silicon Graphics Onyx2 rackmount graphics system through a Silicon Graphics EL-16 serial port server to the SGIconsole (an SGI 1100 in this example). The system is composed of the graphics module, which resides in the upper bay of the rack, and the processor module, which resides in the lower bay of the rack.


Note: In order for your SGIconsole to operate successfully with your Silicon Graphics Onyx2 rackmount graphics system, it must be running MSC firmware revision 3.1 or later.



Note: In connecting your SGIconsole to a Silicon Graphics Onyx2 rackmount graphics system, you may want to consult Silicon Graphics Onyx2 Rackmount Owner's Guide, which describes how to set up and use these systems.



Note: Use only the specified cables to connect the SGIconsole to the system chassis. The server uses PC-style serial ports. You cannot use older-style SGI serial cables. See Appendix B, “Connector Pin Assignments” for cable pin assignment information.



Note: This product requires the use of external shielded cables to maintain compliance with Part 15 of the FCC rules. Serial cables from different vendors are not compatible. Verify the pin assignments of your cable before making the connection. Do not run cables through areas that are electrically noisy, such as places where large electric motors, welding apparatus, or X-ray machines operate. Bury outside wiring in conduit, as lightning strikes can damage the system.

Figure 5-31. Connecting a Silicon Graphics Onyx2 Rackmount System to an SGIconsole

Connecting a Silicon Graphics Onyx2 Rackmount System to an SGIconsole

To connect the Silicon Graphics Onyx2 rackmount graphics system to the SGIconsole, follow these steps:

  1. Plan your SGIconsole host system, as described in Chapter 2, “Planning an SGIconsole Installation”.

  2. Set up your SGIconsole host system, as described in Chapter 3, “Setting Up the SGIconsole Host, Ethernet Hubs, and Serial Port Servers”.

  3. Make sure that the power switch on your SGIconsole host system is off, and that the SGIconsole, the Ethernet hubs, and the Silicon Graphics EL-16 serial port servers are disconnected from a power source.

  4. Make sure that the Silicon Graphics Onyx2 rackmount graphics system is powered off according to the instructions in Silicon Graphics Onyx2 Rackmount Owner's Guide.

  5. Make sure that you have the following items as shown in Figure 5-32:

    • One twisted-pair serial cable with an RJ-45 connector on one end and an 8-pin mini–DIN at the other (25 feet (7.5 meters), part number 9290166) per graphics system.

    • Three twisted-pair serial cables with a DB-9 connector at one end and an 8-pin mini–DIN at the other (20 feet (6 meters), part number 018-0668-001) per graphics system.

      Figure 5-32. Items Needed to Connect a Silicon Graphics Onyx2 Rackmount Graphics System to an SGIconsole

      Items Needed to Connect a Silicon Graphics Onyx2 Rackmount Graphics System to an SGIconsole

  6. Connect the RJ-45 connector end of the RJ-45 to 8–pin mini–DIN twisted-pair serial cable to one of the RJ-45 serial jacks on the Silicon Graphics EL-16 serial port server. Then connect the 8–pin mini–DIN end of the cable to the MMSC 8-pin mini-DIN jack labeled “Console.” See Figure 5-33.

    Figure 5-33. Connecting the MMSC 8-pin mini-DIN Console Port to the Serial Port Server

    Connecting the MMSC 8-pin mini-DIN Console Port to the Serial Port Server

  7. Connect the 8-pin mini–DIN connector end of one of the 8-pin mini–DIN to DB-9 cables to the 8-pin connector on the MMSC labeled “BASE IO TTY1.” Connect the DB-9 connector end of this same cable to the serial port connector labeled “tty_1, Console” of the Silicon Graphics Onyx2 rackmount graphics system processor module located in the lower bay of the rack. See Figure 5-34.

    Figure 5-34. Connecting the MMSC Base I/O TTY1 to the Processor Module tty_1, Console Connector

    Connecting the MMSC Base I/O TTY1 to the Processor Module tty_1, Console Connector

  8. Connect the 8-pin mini-DIN connector of the second 8-pin mini–DIN to DB-9 cable to the MMSC connector labeled “Upper Bay.” Connect the DB-9 connector end of the same cable to the Module System Controller (MSC) serial port rear panel connector of the Silicon Graphics Onyx2 rackmount graphics system graphics module located in the upper bay of the rack. See Figure 5-35.


    Note: If you connect a device to the Module System Controller (MSC) serial port rear panel connector, you cannot connect a device to the MSC diagnostic port located on your server front panel at the same time. (The rear panel MSC port and the front panel MSC port use the same circuitry, and signals cannot be accepted or sent through both ports at the same time.)


    Figure 5-35. Connecting the MMSC Upper Bay Connector to the Graphics Module MSC Serial Port

    Connecting the MMSC Upper Bay Connector to the Graphics Module MSC Serial Port

  9. Connect the 8-pin mini-DIN connector of the third 8-pin mini–DIN to DB-9 cable to the MMSC connector labeled “Lower Bay.” Connect the DB-9 connector end of the same cable to the Module System Controller (MSC) serial port connector of the Silicon Graphics Onyx2 rackmount graphics system processor module located in the lower bay of the rack. See Figure 5-36.


    Note: If you connect a device to the Module System Controller (MSC) serial port rear panel connector, you cannot connect a device to the MSC diagnostic port located on your server front panel at the same time. (The rear panel MSC port and the front panel MSC port use the same circuitry, and signals cannot be accepted or sent through both ports at the same time.)


    Figure 5-36. Connecting the MMSC Lower Bay Connector to the Processor Module MSC Serial Port

    Connecting the MMSC Lower Bay Connector to the Processor Module MSC Serial Port

  10. Connect the cables for any other Silicon Graphics Onyx2 rackmount graphics systems at your location as you did in steps 6 through 9. If you want to interconnect the racks, see Silicon Graphics Onyx2 Rackmount Owner's Guide for instructions.

  11. If you will be connecting other managed systems to the SGIconsole, proceed to “Connecting Other Systems to SGIconsole”.

  12. If you are finished connecting managed systems to the SGIconsole, connect the power cables for your Ethernet hubs, the Silicon Graphics EL-16 serial port servers, the managed systems, and the SGIconsole host system to a power source.

  13. Power on all your managed systems according to the instructions in their respective user's guides.

  14. Power on your SGIconsole according to the instructions in your host system user's guide.

Connecting Other Systems to SGIconsole

SGIconsole can provide a serial console connection for many systems not listed elsewhere in this guide. In general, any system that uses a standard RS-232 serial console may be connected to the SGIconsole in this way. This includes both selected SGI systems and selected non-SGI systems.


Note: While SGIconsole can provide a console connection for many otherwise-unlisted systems, it will not perform administration operations for these other systems, such as NMI, reset, powercycle, etc.

If you will be connecting one or more unlisted systems, follow the directions in this section. Otherwise, proceed to step 8.

Since there are numerous other systems, this section will provide an overview of the connection procedures. The details for each type of system will vary slightly.


Note: This product requires the use of external shielded cables to maintain compliance with Part 15 of the FCC rules. Serial cables from different vendors are not compatible. Verify the pin assignments of your cable before making the connection.

To connect an unlisted system to the SGIconsole, follow these steps:

  1. Plan your SGIconsole host system, as described in Chapter 2, “Planning an SGIconsole Installation”.

  2. Set up your SGIconsole host system, as described in Chapter 3, “Setting Up the SGIconsole Host, Ethernet Hubs, and Serial Port Servers”.

  3. Make sure that the power switch on your SGIconsole host system is off, and that the SGIconsole, the Ethernet hubs, and the Silicon Graphics EL-16 serial port servers are disconnected from a power source.

  4. Power off your unlisted system according to the instructions supplied with that system.

  5. Make sure that you have the following items (shown in Figure 5-37):

    • One RJ-45 to DB-9 twisted-pair flow-control cable (25 feet (7.5 meters), part number 7261215) per server.


      Note: As an alternative to the RJ-45 to DB-9 twisted-pair cable, you can use a standard RJ-45 to RJ-45 twisted–pair cable with an RJ-45 to DB-9 adapter. See “RJ-45 to DB-9 Serial Adapter With Flow Control” in Appendix B for adapter pin assignments.


      Figure 5-37. Items Needed to Connect an Unlisted System to an SGIconsole

      Items Needed to Connect an Unlisted System to an SGIconsole

  6. Connect the RJ-45 connector end of the RJ-45 to DB-9 cable to one of the RJ-45 serial jacks on the Silicon Graphics EL-16 serial port server. Connect the DB-9 connector to the RS-232 console serial port on the system to be managed.

  7. Connect the cables for any other unlisted systems at your location as you did in step 6.

  8. If you are finished connecting managed systems to the SGIconsole, connect the power cables for your Ethernet hubs, the Silicon Graphics EL-16 serial port servers, the managed systems, and the SGIconsole host system to a power source.

  9. Power on all your managed systems according to the instructions in their respective user's guides.

  10. Power on your SGIconsole according to the instructions in your host system user's guide.