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Configure Web Console on HP-UX

 
Aji Thomas
Regular Advisor

Configure Web Console on HP-UX

Hi Guys,

We have around 8 HP-UX Server, and its has a dumb terminal connected for console access.
We would like to have a web console setup, and launch x-windows on server boot.

Please advice how we can achive this

Regards,
Aji
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Steven E. Protter
Exalted Contributor

Re: Configure Web Console on HP-UX

Shalom Aji,

Note that many security departments consider this to not be secure, and prefer console based network login via GSP/MP card.

Procedure:

http://www.education.hp.com/datasheets/h7102s.pdf
http://docs.hp.com/en/J6352-90005/J6352-90005.pdf

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Aji Thomas
Regular Advisor

Re: Configure Web Console on HP-UX

Hi SEP,

I am unable to access the first document. Also could you please advice whether GUI configuration is possible, with central web console

Regards,
Aji Thomas
Regular Advisor

Re: Configure Web Console on HP-UX

HI Guys,

Could someone tell me what is the difference between Web console and Central web console.

We would like to achieve something like CWC.

Regards,
Matti_Kurkela
Honored Contributor

Re: Configure Web Console on HP-UX

I don't find anything indicating that a Centralized Web Console has any GUI capability, so the answer seems to be "no".

Usually, the "web consoles" just allow you to access the equivalent of that dumb terminal over the network, using a browser applet.

The latest Itanium server models (basically anything that contains an iLO2 remote console functionality) might allow remote access to a GUI-based console, since these servers can also run Windows. However, I don't know whether HP-UX supports the GUI mode on this hardware or not.

Note that X Window System is heavily dependent on networking, and starting it up is usually the _last_ step of HP-UX booting. So you cannot expect to use a GUI to troubleshoot system start-up problems or other severe problems. Some problems with network parameters can also cripple the CDE GUI environment, but with a proper text-based remote console they are trivial to fix.

My opinion:
One of the best things about a remote console is that it allows you to pre-diagnose hardware level problems before going physically on-site, so you can have an idea of what kind of spare parts might be needed. ("Is the problem fixable by a pair of new disks & an Ignite tape, a new PCI card or the like, or does it look so bad I need a HP engineer to go on the site with me for a system board swap?")

Ability to use a GUI is not essential: if an X Window System-based GUI can still be used, the problem is usually not serious enough to require console access.

MK
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Aji Thomas
Regular Advisor

Re: Configure Web Console on HP-UX

Hi,

What would be the best and recommended solution to have a centralized setup. We have around 8 servers and two dumb terminal. So each time we have to re-connect the dumb terminal to view the console.

Regards
rick jones
Honored Contributor

Re: Configure Web Console on HP-UX

Assuming your HP-UX server's have MPs (It would help if you could list the model's of your servers) you might consider creating a "management network" and connect the MP LAN ports to that network, having assigned each of the MP's a suitable IP. You can then telnet or perhaps ssh to each of the MP's to access the console.
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Aji Thomas
Regular Advisor

Re: Configure Web Console on HP-UX

Hi,

This is the setup what we have build. But the console through the browser is slow. So we thaught may be some other option is avaiable which is more reliable and secure

Please advice,
AJI
rick jones
Honored Contributor

Re: Configure Web Console on HP-UX

don't use the browser, telnet, or if the systems are new enough, ssh to the MP's IP directly.
there is no rest for the wicked yet the virtuous have no pillows