Launch Serial Console

You cannot use the VNC console to connect to virtual machines on a SPARC-based server pool. Instead, use the Telnet-based serial console. The serial console can be used to view serial console output for virtual machines running on an x86-based server pool, but output is read-only and non-interactive. Furthermore, if attempting to use the serial console to access a virtual machine on an x86-based server pool, the virtual machine must support redirecting serial output and must be configured to do so. Therefore, it is recommended that for virtual machines running on an x86-based server pool, you use the provided VNC console. See Section, “Launch Console” for more information.

The Serial Console makes use of jsTerm, that uses HTML5 (WebSockets, Canvas) to render a web-based terminal emulator accessible from any browser that properly supports HTML5.

To use the Serial Console, the appropriate packages must be installed on the Oracle VM Manager host so that a connection can be made with the virtual machine and so that the jsTerm terminal emulator can be rendered in a browser. See the Oracle VM Installation and Upgrade Guide for information on installing the required packages on the Oracle VM Manager host computer.

To connect to a virtual machine's serial console:

  1. Click the Servers and VMs tab.

  2. Select the server pool on which the virtual machine resides in the navigation tree.

  3. Select Virtual Machines from the Perspective drop-down list. Select the virtual machine in the management pane, and click Launch Serial Console Launch Serial Console icon in the management pane toolbar

  4. A new browser window or tab is opened.


    If the console does not start, check that your web browser allows pop-ups to be displayed. If you are using Microsoft Internet Explorer, add the base URL of Oracle VM Manager (for example, http://example.com) to the list of trusted sites in the security settings. You may also need to downgrade the security level from medium to medium-low for the Trusted sites zone.

    If the virtual machine's console is in use by another user, a message is displayed asking if you want to take over the connection. If you take over the connection, the other user's session is disconnected and the terminal session is started on your client computer. If the terminal emulator has trouble taking over the connection, you may need to close it and launch the serial console again.

    The virtual machine console is displayed. Log in and interact with the virtual machine as you would through any other Telnet console session. If required, enter the user name and password of the guest operating system to log in to the operating system.