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SPARC M8 and SPARC M7 Servers Administration Guide

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Updated: September 2017

Start the Host Console

To start the host console, you must specify the PDomain number to which you want to connect. On a SPARC M8-8 or SPARC M7-8 server with two PDomains, the PDomain numbers are either 0 or 1. On a SPARC M8-8 or SPARC M7-8 server with one PDomain, the PDomain number is always 0. The SPARC M7-16 server has one host console for each of the four possible PDomains.

This task uses PDomain_0, HOST0, and DCU_0 as examples. This task also assumes that the host is already running. You must have the console role (c) to complete this task.

Tip  -  To use the Oracle ILOM CLI and the host console simultaneously, start two CLI sessions. Use one session to start the host console, and use the other session to access the Oracle ILOM CLI.

Note -  You can use a single terminal session to access the Oracle ILOM CLI, start the host, and then start the host console, in that sequence. However, you will not see the initial startup messages. If you need to see those messages, you can review the host console log.
  1. Log in to Oracle ILOM.

    See Log In to Oracle ILOM (CLI).

  2. View the system information.

    Check the system health property. If it indicates that the system requires service, check the health details. You might need to address some or all of the faults. The following output has been edited for clarity. The output shows that there are two open problems. As indicated, run the show /System/Open_Problems command to view details about the faults.

    -> show /System
            health = Service Required
            health_details = PS5 (Power Supply 5), PS4 (Power Supply 4) are faulty.
            Type 'show /System/Open_Problems' for details.
            open_problems_count = 2
    -> show /System/Open_Problems
    Open Problems (2)
    Date/Time                 Subsystems          Component
    ------------------------  ------------------  ------------
    Tue Sep 27 15:28:13 2015  Power               PS5 (Power Supply 5)
            A power supply AC input voltage failure has occurred. (Probability:100, 
            UUID:7df1a763-018d-c45b-e645-a7717ec5f89e, Resource:/SYS/PS5/SUPPLY,
            Part Number:7068817, Serial Number:465776G+1348B20C46, Reference 
    Tue Sep 27 15:28:19 2015  Power               PS4 (Power Supply 4)
            A power supply AC input voltage failure has occurred. (Probability:100, 
            UUID:532e9def-fe5c-c481-920b-8bc42c680418, Resource:/SYS/PS4/SUPPLY,
            Part Number:7068817, Serial Number:465776G+1348B20C7N, Reference 
  3. View the state and status of the host.

    This output has been edited for clarity. If the power_state property is Off, you can start the host console, but the PDomain prompt is not displayed. If the power_state property is Off, the host is not running. If the status value is OpenBoot Primary Boot Loader or OpenBoot Running, the host is running, but it is at the ok prompt. Finally, if the value is Solaris running, the host is running, and it is at the Oracle Solaris prompt.

    -> show /Servers/PDomains/PDomain_0/HOST
            power_state = On
            send_break_action = (Cannot show property)
            sp_name = /SYS/SP0/SPM0
            state_capture_mode = default
            state_capture_on_error = enabled
            state_capture_status = enabled
            status = OpenBoot Running
  4. For the SPARC M7-16 server only, view the dcus_assigned property for the host to which you want to connect.
    -> show /Servers/PDomains/PDomain_0/HOST dcus_assigned
             dcus_assigned = /SYS/DCU0

    If the host has no DCUs assigned to it, you cannot start the host, nor can you start the host console. This message is displayed if you try to start the host console:

    Set dcus_assigned for /HOST0 before starting console.

    If no DCUs are assigned, see Assign a DCU to a Host.

  5. Start the host console for the PDomain.

    Note -  You will not see the PDomain prompt if the host is not running. To start the host, see Start a Host.
    -> start /Servers/PDomains/PDomain_0/HOST/console [-f|force] [-script]
    Are you sure you want to start /Servers/PDomains/PDomain_0/HOST/console (y/n)? y
    Serial console started.  To stop, type #.
    • -f|force – Enables you to take control of the console from any current user and to force that user into view mode. You must have the console role (c) to use this option. If you use this option, other users will receive warnings that their connections have been forced into read-only mode. Each time a console session that used the -f|force option exits, read-write status is restored to the next user in line with the first user’s read-write status being restored last.

    • -script – Bypasses the prompt for a yes or no confirmation.

    Note -  After the host console has started, you might need to press Enter to make the PDomain prompt appear.
  6. To switch back to the Oracle ILOM prompt, type the escape characters (#. are the default characters).

    Note -  To change the escape characters, type set /Servers/PDomains/PDomain_0/HOST/console escapechars=new-characters.

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