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HP Management Blade Server - Communicating with the Management Blade
How to communicate with the Management Blade Server using the Command Line Interface (CLI), the LCD Panel, or Test Shells.
Communicating with the management blade
Communication with the Management Blade, and configuration of it and the other devices in the system take place via a Command Line Interface (CLI), the LCD Panel or Test Shells.
There are three test shells implemented within the Server Management Application (SMA). There is the application level test shell that is the normal, run-time, test shell accessed and used by users and applications. There is the stand-alone test shell that resides in the boot ROM and provides basic testing of the hardware components on-board the Management Blade. There is also the manufacturing test shell. This last mode is only used at the factory.
Command line interface
The Management Blade supports a set of CLI commands. While programming a single system is much easier using the Configuration Menu GUI, writing a script of CLI commands and then executing them on each blade server can facilitate programming a group of bh7800 blade servers. The complete list of CLI can be displayed by typing (before you do this, note that there are several hundred parameters):
You can search for commands by specifying part of the command name. This is a much better way to list commands than to list the entire set using the above command. The following returns a list of all commands that contain the specified string:
smc-cmd -e <string>
Commands are entered by typing the command at the CLI prompt.
The following command allows you to seta parameter of a command:
smc-cmd -s <param> <value>
You can getthe setting of a parameter with the following syntax:
smc-cmd -g <param>
In addition to the smc-cmd command, two other user commands are also available:
smc-ethcfg is used to configure management LAN parameters
smc-flash is used to update onboard management firmware
Configuration menu GUI
The Configuration menu provides an operator interface to the SMA. This allows you to query the status of the chassis and (with the required authority level) change the configuration of the chassis.
There are three levels of authority:
The test shell allows a connected user to transfer configuration information between the SMA and another location, whether uploading or downloading.
When a configuration upload or download is requested by the user, the user is prompted for an IP address to connect to, login details and the name of the configuration file to transfer. The file can be stored and retrieved, even remotely.
The Configuration menu provides the user with access to the following information:
The Configuration menu supports the following command set. If the user attempts to invoke a command that is only available to a high-level user, then an appropriate error message is displayed and the command is ignored. Table 1 through Table 3 lists the Configuration menu command sets.
Table 1: User level commands
Table 2: Operator level commands
Table 3: Super-User Level Commands
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