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FortiGate-7121F System Guide

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Using the console ports

The active SMM includes two console ports named Console 1 and Console 2 that can be used to connect to any serial console in the chassis. This includes the SMM CLI, the FortiOS CLIs (also called host CLIs) of the FIM and FPM modules in chassis slots 1 to 12 and all of the SMC SDI consoles in the chassis.

Note The FIMs, FPMs, and SMM, all have an SMC SDI console. These consoles are used for low level programming of the module using an IPMI tool and are disabled by default. You can enable serial access to individual SMC SDI consoles from the SMM SMC SDI CLI using the command serial set sdi enable <slot>. During normal operation you may want to access the SMM SMC SDI CLI, you shouldn't normally require access to individual FIM and FPM SMC SDI consoles.

By default when the chassis first starts up Console 1 is connected to the FortiOS CLI of the FIM module in slot 1 and Console 2 is disconnected.

The default settings for connecting to each console port are: Baud Rate (bps) 9600, Data bits 8, Parity None, Stop bits 1, and Flow Control None.

The FIMs and FPMs use the standard FortiOS CLI. The SMC SDI CLIs are described in this chapter.

You can use the console connection change buttons to select the CLI that each console port is connected to.

  • Press the button to cycle through the FIM and FPM FortiOS CLIs and disconnect this console.
  • Press and hold the button to connect to the SMM SMC SDI CLI. You can also cycle through each module's SMC SDI CLI if they are enabled.

The console's LEDs indicate what it is connected to. If no LED is lit the console is either connected to the SMM SMC SDI console or disconnected. Both console ports cannot be connected to the same CLI at the same time. If a console button press would cause a conflict that module is skipped. If one of the console ports is disconnected then the other console port can connect to any CLI.

If you connect a PC to one of the SMM console ports with a serial cable and open a terminal session you begin by pressing Ctrl-T to enable console switching mode, then you can do the following:

  • Press Ctrl-T multiple times to cycle through the FIM and FPM module FortiOS CLIs (the new destination is displayed in the terminal window). If you press Ctrl-T after connecting to the FPM module in slot 6 the console is disconnected. Press Ctrl-T again to start over again at slot 1.
  • Press Ctrl-R multiple times to cycle through the FIM and FPM module SMC SDI CLIs if they are enabled (the new destination is displayed in the terminal window). After cycling through all of the enabled SMC SDI CLIs the next press of Ctrl-R disconnects the console port.

Once the console port is connected to the CLI that you want to use, press Enter to enable the CLI and log in. The default administrator account for accessing the FortiOS CLIs is admin with no password. The default administrator account for the SMC SDI CLIs is admin/admin.

When your session is complete you can press Ctrl-T until the prompt shows you have disconnected from the console.

Using the console ports

The active SMM includes two console ports named Console 1 and Console 2 that can be used to connect to any serial console in the chassis. This includes the SMM CLI, the FortiOS CLIs (also called host CLIs) of the FIM and FPM modules in chassis slots 1 to 12 and all of the SMC SDI consoles in the chassis.

Note The FIMs, FPMs, and SMM, all have an SMC SDI console. These consoles are used for low level programming of the module using an IPMI tool and are disabled by default. You can enable serial access to individual SMC SDI consoles from the SMM SMC SDI CLI using the command serial set sdi enable <slot>. During normal operation you may want to access the SMM SMC SDI CLI, you shouldn't normally require access to individual FIM and FPM SMC SDI consoles.

By default when the chassis first starts up Console 1 is connected to the FortiOS CLI of the FIM module in slot 1 and Console 2 is disconnected.

The default settings for connecting to each console port are: Baud Rate (bps) 9600, Data bits 8, Parity None, Stop bits 1, and Flow Control None.

The FIMs and FPMs use the standard FortiOS CLI. The SMC SDI CLIs are described in this chapter.

You can use the console connection change buttons to select the CLI that each console port is connected to.

  • Press the button to cycle through the FIM and FPM FortiOS CLIs and disconnect this console.
  • Press and hold the button to connect to the SMM SMC SDI CLI. You can also cycle through each module's SMC SDI CLI if they are enabled.

The console's LEDs indicate what it is connected to. If no LED is lit the console is either connected to the SMM SMC SDI console or disconnected. Both console ports cannot be connected to the same CLI at the same time. If a console button press would cause a conflict that module is skipped. If one of the console ports is disconnected then the other console port can connect to any CLI.

If you connect a PC to one of the SMM console ports with a serial cable and open a terminal session you begin by pressing Ctrl-T to enable console switching mode, then you can do the following:

  • Press Ctrl-T multiple times to cycle through the FIM and FPM module FortiOS CLIs (the new destination is displayed in the terminal window). If you press Ctrl-T after connecting to the FPM module in slot 6 the console is disconnected. Press Ctrl-T again to start over again at slot 1.
  • Press Ctrl-R multiple times to cycle through the FIM and FPM module SMC SDI CLIs if they are enabled (the new destination is displayed in the terminal window). After cycling through all of the enabled SMC SDI CLIs the next press of Ctrl-R disconnects the console port.

Once the console port is connected to the CLI that you want to use, press Enter to enable the CLI and log in. The default administrator account for accessing the FortiOS CLIs is admin with no password. The default administrator account for the SMC SDI CLIs is admin/admin.

When your session is complete you can press Ctrl-T until the prompt shows you have disconnected from the console.