CSR1000v console via vmware esxi managed by vcenter?

Hi,

I am trying to figure out if it is possible to connect to console of CSR1000V running on vcenter managed esxi host? I know how to do that with single esxi host setup but with vcenter, vmotion could move CSR1000V from one host to another without telling me... This means I had to find host IP first before telnet to the CSR1000v console. Any easier way?

 

Thanks,

/S

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  • Hello,

     

       Yes you can do this but your need to use the Virtual Serial Port proxy which in this case will be a Virtual Serial Port Concentrator.  You give the VSP that you add to the VM the URI which will consist of the protocol, hostname where the 3rd party concentrator is located, and port number you want to use.  For the CSR it would look identical to what you already do for the Network attached VSP. - telnet://hostname:port

    You can search the VMware documentation for Using a Proxy with vSphere Virtual Serial Ports and you will find what you are looking for.

     

    Here is the link for the ESXi 5.1 documentation,

     

    http://pubs.vmware.com/vsphere-51/index.jsp#com.vmware.wssdk.vsp.doc/virtual_serial_port_using_proxy_Chapter1.3.5.html

     

     

     

  • If your worried about that happening, DRS is what your describing. DRS will use vMotion to move a VM from one host to another to "load balance" VMs. You could set your DRS to notify you and not make it automatic. Also you could set an affinity or anti affinity to tell vCenter that the CSR boxes can only reside on the one host and make unable to vMotion the CSR vms from host to host. Either way will work. I would check your storage and resource policies to make sure that the correct VMs are being moved. 

    HTH
    Rob



    On Wednesday, April 8, 2015 5:53 PM, chinese_ys <[email protected]> wrote:


    Hi,

    I am trying to figure out if it is possible to connect to console of CSR1000V running on vcenter managed esxi host? I know how to do that with single esxi host setup but with vcenter, vmotion could move CSR1000V from one host to another without telling me... This means I had to find host IP first before telnet to the CSR1000v console. Any easier way?

     

    Thanks,

    /S



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  • Thanks, I will look into the proxy.



  • ...Also you could set an affinity or anti affinity to tell vCenter that the CSR boxes can only reside on the one host and make unable to vMotion the CSR vms from host to host....







    I probabaly wont do that. It seems more a workaround than a true solution.

     

    Thanks anyway.

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