Admin Alert: Remotely Accessing an HMC System Console, Part 2
October 10, 2007 Joe Hertvik
Last week, I began demonstrating a technique to allow a remote 5250 session to attach to and run an i5/OS system console located on a Hardware Management Console (HMC). In part 1, I provided details on configuring the HMC to accept remote 5250 sessions. This week, I’ll examine the PC side and look at configuring an iSeries Access for Windows session to access the system console on the HMC.
Ready for Connection
As mentioned last week, configuring an HMC to allow remote access to an i5 partition’s system console is a relatively simple affair. It consists of the following steps:
I covered steps 1 and 2 last week, and now my HMC is ready to accept 5250 system console sessions. Here’s step 3, how to connect to those sessions and start running an HMC-based system console remotely.
Remotely Connecting to an HMC System Console
IBM specifies that you can only connect to a remote 5250 HMC-based system console by using any one of the following 5250 emulator products.
For this article, I’m going to discuss using the iSeries Access for Windows PC5250 emulator. If you’re interested in using one of the other approved emulators, you can find instructions for using those emulators in IBM’s System i, Managing the HMC Console publication.
To log on to a remote 5250 console, create a new PC5250 session and open the Configure PC5250 Window by clicking on Communication, Configure from the PC5250 menu bar. Enter the following values in the Configure PC5250 window that appears.
Navigating in the Remote 5250 Console Screen
Once you start a new Remote 5250 console with the HMC, you may be prompted for a number of values. Here are the values that you should enter when presented with any of these prompts in your HMC 5250 session.
And that’s all there is to remotely accessing a partition system console that resides on a Hardware Management Console PC. While these steps are relatively easy if everything is configured correctly, you can also check the resources at the bottom of the article if you are still having trouble connecting.