Cisco UCS Central GUI Configuration Guide, Release 1.0
Starting the KVM Console
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Starting the KVM Console

Starting the KVM Console

This chapter includes the following sections:

KVM Console

You can use the Cisco UCS Central GUI to access the KVM console for any Cisco UCS domain that has been properly registered and configured.

The KVM console is an interface accessible from the Cisco UCS Manager GUI or the KVM Launch Manager that emulates a direct KVM connection. Unlike the KVM dongle, which requires you to be physically connected to the server, the KVM console allows you to connect to the server from a remote location across the network.

You must ensure that either the server or the service profile associated with the server is configured with a CIMC IP address if you want to use the KVM console to access the server. The KVM console uses the CIMC IP address assigned to a server or a service profile to identify and connect with the correct server in a Cisco UCS domain.

Instead of using CD/DVD or floppy drives directly 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 virtual drives:

  • CD/DVD or floppy drives on your computer
  • Disk image files on your computer
  • CD/DVD or floppy drives on the network
  • Disk image files on the network

Starting the KVM Console from the KVM Launch Manager

The KVM Launch Manager enables you to access a server through the KVM Console without logging in to Cisco UCS Manager.

Before You Begin

To access the KVM Console for a server through the KVM Launch Manager, you need the following:

  • Name of the Cisco UCS domain the server belongs to.
  • Cisco UCS username and password.
  • Name of the service profile associated with the server for which you want KVM access.
Procedure
    Step 1   On the menu bar, click Equipment.
    Step 2   In the Navigation pane, expand UCS Domains.
    Step 3   In the work pane, click on the UCS Domains tab.
    Step 4   From the list of Cisco UCS domain names under the UCS Name column, choose the domain for which you want to launch Cisco UCS Manager.
    Step 5   On the menu bar, click Properties.
    Step 6   In the General tab, click Launch UCS Manager.
    Step 7   If a UCSM Certificate Error dialog box appears, click the text to continue to the web browser.
    Step 8   If a Security Alert dialog box appears, accept the security certificate and continue.
    Step 9   On the Cisco UCS Manager launch page, click Launch KVM Manager.
    Step 10   If a Security Alert dialog box appears, click Yes to accept the security certificate and continue.
    Step 11   On the UCS - KVM Launch Manager Login page, do the following:
    1. Enter your Cisco UCS username and password.
    2. Optional: If your Cisco UCS implementation includes multiple domains, select the appropriate domain from the Domain drop-down list.
    3. Click OK.
    Step 12   In the Service Profiles table of the KVM Launch Manager, do the following:
    1. Locate the row containing the service profile and associated server for which you need KVM access.
    2. In the Launch KVM column for that server, click Launch.

      The KVM Console opens in a separate window.

      Tip   

      If the Caps Lock key on your keyboard is on when you open a KVM session, and you subsequently turn off your Caps Lock key, the KVM Console may continue to act as if Caps Lock is turned on. To synchronize the KVM Console and your keyboard, press Caps Lock once without the KVM Console in focus and then press Caps Lock again with the KVM Console in focus.


    Starting the KVM Console from a Server

    You can start the KVM Console from a server only if there is a service profile associated with the server.

    Before You Begin

    To access the KVM Console from a service profile in the Cisco UCS Central GUI, you need the following:

    • Cisco UCS username and password.
    Procedure
      Step 1   On the menu bar, click Equipment.
      Step 2   In the Navigation pane, expand UCS Domains.
      Step 3   In the work pane, click on the Servers tab.
      Step 4   Choose the server from the list under the Servers column for which you want to launch the KVM Console.
      Step 5   On the menu bar, click Properties.
      Step 6   In the Actions area, click KVM Console.
      Step 7   In the Launch KVM for Server dialog box, click the IP address you want to use to connect to the server.

      The KVM Console Pooled IP address is the IP address assigned to the server by Cisco UCS Manager from the mgmt-ip IP address pool. The KVM Console Derived IP address is the IP address assigned to the server through the associated service profile. One or both of these IP addresses may be available, depending on how the server is configured in the Cisco UCS domain.

      Step 8   If a Security Alert dialog box appears, accept the security certificate and continue.
      Step 9   When the KVM Login dialog box appears, enter your Cisco UCS Manager username and password.

      The KVM Console opens in a separate window.

      Tip   

      If the Caps Lock key on your keyboard is on when you open a KVM session, and you subsequently turn off your Caps Lock key, the KVM Console may continue to act as if Caps Lock is turned on. To synchronize the KVM Console and your keyboard, press Caps Lock once without the KVM Console in focus and then press Caps Lock again with the KVM Console in focus.


      Starting the KVM Console from a Service Profile

      You can start the KVM Console from a service profile only if there is a service profile associated with the server.

      Before You Begin

      To access the KVM Console from a service profile in the Cisco UCS Central GUI, you need the following:

      • Name of the service profile associated with the server for which you want KVM access.
      • Cisco UCS username and password.
      Procedure
        Step 1   On the menu bar, click Servers.
        Step 2   In the Servers tab, expand Servers > Service Profiles > Root.

        If you want to access a service profile in a sub-organization, expand Sub-Organizations > Organization_Name.

        Step 3   Expand the service profile for which you need KVM access to the associated server.
        Step 4   Select the appropriate service profile instance in the Navigation pane.
        Step 5   In the Work pane, click the General tab.
        Step 6   In the Actions area, click KVM Console.
        Step 7   In the Launch KVM for Server dialog box, click the IP address you want to use to connect to the server.

        The KVM Console Pooled IP address is the IP address assigned to the server by Cisco UCS Manager from the mgmt-ip IP address pool. The KVM Console Derived IP address is the IP address assigned to the server through the associated service profile. One or both of these IP addresses may be available, depending on how the server is configured in the Cisco UCS domain.

        Step 8   If a Security Alert dialog box appears, accept the security certificate and continue.
        Step 9   When the KVM Login dialog box appears, enter your Cisco UCS Manager username and password.

        The KVM Console opens in a separate window.

        Tip   

        If the Caps Lock key on your keyboard is on when you open a KVM session, and you subsequently turn off your Caps Lock key, the KVM Console may continue to act as if Caps Lock is turned on. To synchronize the KVM Console and your keyboard, press Caps Lock once without the KVM Console in focus and then press Caps Lock again with the KVM Console in focus.