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Author rx2600 console cable?

Posts: 4
Location: Long Island, NY USA
Joined: 22.12.08
Posted on January 01 2009 11:14
It never fails -- I finally got a free day to start playing with my newly-acquired Integrity rx2600, and the unit didn't ship with a console cable or have the console interfaces set to VGA and USB. In a previous job, I worked with this very hardware on Linux, and I know they're shipped by default with all the consoles set to the port on the management card.

Does anyone have the pinout for the 25-pin console cable on the rx2600's management card? Or, is it possible to buy a pre-built cable from HP? From what I remember, it's a 25-pin cable that splits into three 9-pin "heads", for local console, remote console and UPS. I just need this so I can set the VGA and USB interfaces, then I'm ready to go. I think. :-)

Or -- I noticed the management port has a dedicated LAN interface. Is there anything I can do from there?

Thanks for the assist; I was hoping I could get away without building a serial cable, but oh well...
Author RE: rx2600 console cable?

Posts: 87
Location: The Netherlands
Joined: 28.03.10
Posted on January 02 2011 15:40
That's correct, it's indeed a 25-pin cable. In fact, it's a break-out cable and it breaks up into three separate cables with typical RS-232 type connectors (but with fewer pins) for ‘UPS,’ ‘remote’ and ‘console.’ It's the so-called “M cable” — where M obviously stands for management, as in Management Processor Card — and they should be available on eBay. I ordered one last year, brand-new, for less than (US) $ ~20!

As for the iLO LAN port, it'll only work if it has the right firmware, configuration and such setup. The least painful way of finding out, what the IP address may be, is via a patch/cross-over ethernet cable and then using nmap (or something similar). Once you found out the IP address, you can either proceed to access the iLO interface via a web-browser or telnet.
Edited by eMGee on January 02 2011 15:49
Author RE: rx2600 console cable?

Posts: 107
Location: Goslar, Germany
Joined: 02.10.07
Posted on January 03 2011 18:08
The nice thing about the breakout of the 25 pins is that if you don''t need UPS and remote, the console pins are just those you'd expect from a regular DB-25 connector. So just use a regular DB-25 to DB-25/DB-9 serial cable to connect a terminal (or a PC serial connector and a terminal emulator), and you should be able to get into the MP. Possibly you'll need a crossover vs. straight-through cabling.


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