About This Guide

This guide describes how to connect the SGIconsole host system to the servers and graphics systems it can manage. This guide is written for users and system administrators of these managed systems.

Additional Information

Figure 1 illustrates additional sources of information about the SGIconsole, which are discussed in the sections that follow and in “Location of Information”. Note that the -003 version of the SGIconsole Hardware Connectivity Guide is available only as a softcopy document.

Figure 1. Sources of Additional Information

Sources of Additional Information

Additional Documentation

The following documentation may be helpful in setting up and connecting your SGIconsole system:

  • SGIconsole Hardware Connectivity Guide (this guide) describes how to cable the SGIconsole server host system to the various SGI servers and graphic systems supported by the SGIconsole. In some hardware configurations, you need to use Silicon Graphics Ethernet serial port servers or Ethernet hubs to connect the SGIconsole to the servers.

  • SGI 1100 Server User's Guide describes how to install and use the SGI 1100 server (one of the tested legacy hardware platforms which can run as a server host for SGIconsole).

  • SGI 1100 Server QuickStart Guide provides quick instructions on how to install and use the SGI 1100 server (one of the legacy hardware platforms which can run as a server host for SGIconsole).

Depending on the server to which you are connecting your SGIconsole, you may also need to consult one or more of the following documents:

  • Origin200 Owner's Guide 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.

  • SGI Origin 300 User's Guide 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.

  • SGI Origin 300 with NUMAlink Module User's Guide describes how to set up and use the Origin 300 server system with NUMAlink Module. It also describes how to install hardware and software options and troubleshoot the hardware.

  • SGI Onyx 300 Graphics System User's Guide describes how to set up and use the Onyx 300 graphics system. It also describes how to install hardware and software options and troubleshoot the hardware.

  • SGI Origin 350 Server User's Guide 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.

  • SGI Altix 350 System User's Guide describes how to set up and use the Altix 350 products. It also describes how to install optional hardware, upgrades, and basic troubleshooting of the system.

  • SGI Onyx 350 Visualization System User's Guide describes how to set up and use the Onyx 350 visualization system. It also describes how to install hardware and software options and troubleshoot the hardware.

  • SGI 2100 Owner's Guide describes how to set up and use the SGI 2100 server (a deskside SGI Origin 2000 server).

  • SGI 2200 Server Owner's Guide describes how to set up and use the SGI 2200 server (a deskside SGI Origin 2000 server).

  • SGI 2400 and 2800 Server Owner's Guide describes how to set up and use the rackmountable SGI Origin 2000 (SGI 2400 and SGI 2800) servers. It also describes how to install peripherals, install and remove software, and troubleshoot and maintain your servers.

  • SGI Origin 3000 Series Owner's Guide describes how to operate, install parts in, and maintain the SGI Origin 3000 servers.

  • SGI Onyx 3000 Series Graphics System Hardware Owner's Guide describes how to use and administer the SGI Onyx 3000 rackmount graphics system.

  • SGI Altix 3000 User's Guide describes how to operate, install parts in, and maintain the SGI Altix 3000 servers.

  • SGI Altix 350 User's Guide describes how to operate, install parts in, and maintain the SGI Altix 350 servers.

  • Silicon Graphics Onyx2 Deskside Workstation Owner's Guide describes how to use, manage, troubleshoot, and upgrade the Silicon Graphics Onyx2 deskside graphics workstation.

  • Silicon Graphics Onyx2 Rackmount Owner's Guide describes how to use, manage, and troubleshoot the Silicon Graphics Onyx2 rackmount graphics system.

For information about accessing these manuals, see “Location of Information”.

Software Guides

This section discusses software guides related to SGIconsole.

  • The SGIconsole Software CD Information Card describes how to check to see if your software is already preinstalled in your SGIconsole.

  • IRISconsole to SGIconsole Migration Guide describes the comparisons between the IRISconsole and the SGIconsole. This guide is intended to help those using IRISconsole to make a smooth transition from IRISconsole to an SGIconsole.

  • SGIconsole 2.1 Start Here introduces the SGIconsole, describes the software tools and functionality, describes how to configure, install, and make the SGIconsole operable. It also describes how to use the SGIconsole website to operate the SGIconsole.

  • Console Manager for SGIconsole Administrator's Guide documents the Console Manager for SGIconsole release 2.x running on SGI systems. The Console Manager software graphical interface allows you to control multiple servers, SGI partitioned systems, and large single-system image servers.

These guides can be viewed by the methods discussed in “Location of Information”.

Location of Information

This section explains how to find manuals and other information. To view or locate manuals, use the following methods:

  • Consult your hard copy (printed) user guide if available.

  • Check the CD that came with your system for PDF copies of applicable SGI manuals.

  • Use a Web browser to view the Silicon Graphics Technical Publications Library on the World Wide Web at:

    http://docs.sgi.com.

    You can either view the HTML versions of the manuals or download postscript or PDF files.

Documentation Conventions

This guide uses these conventions:

  • References to document titles are in italics.

  • SGIconsole commands and names of files appear in text as Courier font.

  • References to other chapters and sections within this guide are in quotation marks.

  • Anything that you type on the keyboard is in Courier bold.

  • Anything displayed on the screen is in Courier.

  • Anything shown on a hardware label is in Helvetica bold.

  • Steps to perform tasks are in numbered sentences. When a numbered step needs more explanation, the explanation follows the step and is preceded by a bullet.