GUI Configuration Guide for Cisco UCS E-Series Server Modules Integrated Management Controller, Release 1.0
Managing Remote Presence
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Managing Remote Presence

Managing Remote Presence

This chapter includes the following sections:

Managing the Virtual KVM

KVM Console

The KVM console is an interface accessible from CIMC that emulates a direct keyboard, video, and mouse connection to the server. The KVM console allows you to connect to the server from a remote location. Instead of using CD/DVD or floppy drives physically connected to the server, the KVM console uses virtual media, which are actual disk drives or disk image files that are mapped to virtual CD/DVD or floppy drives. You can map any of the following to a virtual drive:

  • CD/DVD or floppy drive on your computer
  • Disk image files (ISO or IMG files) on your computer
  • USB flash drive on your computer
You can use the KVM console to install an operating system or hypervisor on the server and to do the following:
  • Access the BIOS setup menu by pressing F2 during bootup.
  • Access the CIMC Configuration Utility by pressing F8 during bootup.
  • Access the WebBIOS to configure RAID, by pressing the Ctrl and H keys during bootup.

Configuring the Virtual KVM

Before You Begin

You must log in as a user with admin privileges to configure the virtual KVM.

Procedure
    Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
    Step 2   On the Server tab, click Remote Presence.
    Step 3   In the Remote Presence pane, click the Virtual KVM tab.
    Figure 1. Virtual KVM Tab



    Step 4   In the vKVM Properties area, complete the following fields:
    Name Description

    Enabled check box

    If checked, the virtual KVM is enabled.

    Note   

    The virtual media viewer is accessed through the KVM. If you disable the KVM console, CIMC also disables access to all virtual media devices attached to the host.

    Max Sessions drop-down list

    The maximum number of concurrent KVM sessions allowed. You can select any number between 1 and 4.

    Active Sessions field

    The number of KVM sessions running on the server.

    Remote Port field

    The port used for KVM communication.

    Enable Video Encryption check box

    If checked, the server encrypts all video information sent through the KVM.

    Enable Local Server Video check box

    If checked, the KVM session is also displayed on any monitor attached to the server.

    Step 5   Click Save Changes.

    Enabling the Virtual KVM

    Before You Begin

    You must log in as a user with admin privileges to enable the virtual KVM.

    Procedure
      Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
      Step 2   On the Server tab, click Remote Presence.
      Step 3   In the Remote Presence pane, click the Virtual KVM tab.
      Figure 2. Virtual KVM Tab



      Step 4   In the vKVM Properties area, check the Enabled check box.
      Step 5   Click Save Changes.

      Disabling the Virtual KVM

      Before You Begin

      You must log in as a user with admin privileges to disable the virtual KVM.

      Procedure
        Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
        Step 2   On the Server tab, click Remote Presence.
        Step 3   In the Remote Presence pane, click the Virtual KVM tab.
        Figure 3. Virtual KVM Tab



        Step 4   In the vKVM Properties area, uncheck the Enabled check box.
        Step 5   Click Save Changes.

        Configuring Virtual Media

        Before You Begin

        You must log in as a user with admin privileges to configure virtual media.

        Procedure
          Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
          Step 2   On the Server tab, click Remote Presence.
          Step 3   In the Remote Presence pane, click the Virtual Media tab.
          Figure 4. Virtual Media Tab



          Step 4   In the Virtual Media Properties area, update the following properties:
          Name Description

          Enabled check box

          If checked, virtual media is enabled.

          Note   

          If you clear this check box, all virtual media devices are automatically detached from the host.

          Active Sessions field

          The number of virtual media sessions currently running.

          Enable Virtual Media Encryption check box

          If checked, all virtual media communications are encrypted.

          Step 5   Click Save Changes.

          Configuring Serial Over LAN

          Serial over LAN enables the input and output of the serial port of a managed system to be redirected over IP. Configure and use serial over LAN on your server when you want to reach the host console with CIMC.


          Note


          Some operating systems, such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux, require extra configuration to redirect the serial console.


          Before You Begin

          You must log in as a user with admin privileges to configure serial over LAN.

          Procedure
            Step 1   In the Navigation pane, click the Server tab.
            Step 2   On the Server tab, click Remote Presence.
            Step 3   In the Remote Presence pane, click the Serial over LAN tab.
            Step 4   In the Serial over LAN Properties area, update the following properties:
            Name Description

            Enabled check box

            If checked, Serial over LAN is enabled on this server.

            Baud Rate drop-down list

            The baud rate the system uses for Serial over LAN communication. You can select one of the following:

            • 9600 bps
            • 19.2 kbps
            • 38.4 kbps
            • 57.6 kbps
            • 115.2 kbps
            Step 5   Click Save Changes.