[tip] Utilizing the Serial Port of your Solaris Workstation

CiscoJedi Coder has an excellent page that allows me to quickly connect and configure my Cisco 3560 gigabit Catalyst switches on my Solaris 10 desktop (x86). Basically the procedure was simple to copy the line in /etc/remote:

hardwire:\
:dv=/dev/term/b:br#9600:el=^C^S^Q^U^D:ie=%$:oe=^D:

to

cisco:\
:dv=/dev/ttya:br#9600:el=^C^S^Q^U^D:ie=%$:oe=^D:

Making sure to change the label from “hardwire” to “cisco” and “/dev/term/b”, to “/dev/ttya” for the cisco label. /dev/ttya denotes COM1. After the switch was powered on, everything was golden:

bash-3.00# tip cisco
connected

Base ethernet MAC Address: 2X:X3:fX:Xd:X3:X0
Xmodem file system is available.
The password-recovery mechanism is enabled.
Initializing Flash…
flashfs[0]: 453 files, 6 directories
flashfs[0]: 0 orphaned files, 0 orphaned directories
flashfs[0]: Total bytes: 32514048
flashfs[0]: Bytes used: 9052672
flashfs[0]: Bytes available: 23461376
flashfs[0]: flashfs fsck took 7 seconds.
…done Initializing Flash.
Boot Sector Filesystem (bs) installed, fsid: 3
done.
Loading “flash:c3560-ipbase-mz.122-35.SE5/c3560-ipbase-mz.122-35.SE5.bin”…@@@…
File “flash:c3560-ipbase-mz.122-35.SE5/c3560-ipbase-mz.122-35.SE5.bin” uncompressed and installed, entry point: 0x3000
executing…

…edited…
Cisco IOS Software, C3560 Software (C3560-IPBASE-M), Version 12.2(35)SE5, RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc1)
Copyright (c) 1986-2007 by Cisco Systems, Inc.
Compiled Thu 19-Jul-07 18:15 by nachen
Image text-base: 0x00003000, data-base: 0x01100000

Initializing flashfs…

…edited…

front_end/ (directory)
extracting front_end/fe_type_1 (34696 bytes)
extracting front_end/front_end_ucode_info (43 bytes)
extracting ucode_info (76 bytes)

Waiting for Port download…Complete

cisco WS-C3560G-48PS (PowerPC405) processor (revision H0) with 122880K/8184K bytes of memory.
Processor board ID <serial>
Last reset from power-on
1 Virtual Ethernet interface
52 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces
The password-recovery mechanism is enabled.

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