Telnet Connections using Your Own Telnet Client

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Telnet Connections using Your Own Telnet Client

Last updated: March 22, 2019

The preferred method for connecting to the console of the physical devices in your rack is to use a telnet client on your local computer. You connect to the devices by going through the racks.ine.com telnet portal, authenticate with your rack ID and session password, then select the device you want to connect to from the the telnet menu.

You may use any common telnet client to connect to the devices in your rack

host$ telnet racks.ine.com
Trying 75.140.41.59...
Connected to racks.ine.com.
Escape character is '^]'.
User Access Verification
Username: corack1
Password: password

Select the desired device from the menu and you will be connected to the console of that device:

+----------------------------------------+
|             CO Rack 1 Menu             |
+----------------------------------------+


    1.         Telnet to R1

    2.         Telnet to R2

    3.         Telnet to SW

    Q.         Disconnect

Enter Selection: Trying COrack1r1 (1.1.1.1, 2066)... Open

R1#

Make additonal telnet connections for any other devices that you want to connect to at the same time.

When you load a configuration using the Control Panel, all the telnet connections to all the devices will be forced closed since our automation uses the console to configure the devices; you must re-open the connections when the configuration loading is complete.

Single Telnet Session to multiple devices

You also have the option to break back to the Telnet menu using the Cisco key sequence Control-Shift-6, x. This will allow you to switch between rack devices within the same telnet session.

After issuing the break sequence you will see --More-- displayed on your screen. Hitting enter will clear the screen and display the Telnet menu again.

+----------------------------------------+
|             CO Rack 1 Menu             |
+----------------------------------------+


    1.         Telnet to R1

    2.         Telnet to R2

    3.         Telnet to SW

    Q.         Disconnect

Enter Selection: Trying COrack1r1 (1.1.1.1, 2066)... Open


R1#conf t
Enter configuration commands, one per line.  End with CNTL/Z.

R1(config)#do show ip int br
Interface                  IP-Address      OK? Method Status                Protocol
Embedded-Service-Engine0/0 unassigned      YES unset  administratively down down    
GigabitEthernet0/0         11.102.64.151   YES manual up                    up      
GigabitEthernet0/1         157.26.1.151    YES manual up                    up      
GigabitEthernet0/2         unassigned      YES unset  up                    up      
R1(config)#interface Gi0/0  
R1(config-if)#ip address 11.1
--More--

You can resume an existing session or connect to a new device

+----------------------------------------+
|             CO Rack 1 Menu             |
+----------------------------------------+


    1.         Telnet to R1

    2.         Telnet to R2

    3.         Telnet to SW

    Q.         Disconnect

Enter Selection: [Resuming connection 1 to COrack1r1 ... ]

% Incomplete command.

R1(config-if)#
R1(config-if)#ip address 11.1
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