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I have headless Supermicro server with IPMI as my ESXi 5 but I would like to use serial console as default console for ESXi instead of accessing it via IPMI VGA console redirection. I have some problems with java with IPMI and I also prefer text ui :)

I tried to follow Redirect the Direct Console to a Serial Port Using the vSphere Client but no success.

My goal is:

  • see in serial port boot loader of ESXi (it is syslinux what I see)
  • see booting via serial port (not logging but internactive stuff)
  • see shell which I can use to login via serial port

My server has serial console. Next step would be to setup IPMI SOL.

Can anybody share how to do it? The procedure above didn't work for me.

How to check that ESXi was booting with serial port as console?

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Why are you trying to do this? why not just use the powercli or equivilants? – Chopper3 Jun 8 '12 at 16:50
You didn't get it at all :DDDD You confuse CLI with console. – Jiri Xichtkniha Jun 8 '12 at 19:34
I can assure you I know the difference, I'm still not sure what you're trying to achieve – Chopper3 Jun 8 '12 at 20:16
As I don't have any display plugged with my ESXi server, I'm accessing it via IPMI VGA console redirection. But this needs java and java is crap, sometimes it doesn't work with specific java version etc. So I would prefer serial console as primary console. – Jiri Xichtkniha Jun 9 '12 at 13:29
Very little reason but still there's reason, like troubleshooting booting, getting output from host's kernel panic etc... – Jiri Xichtkniha Jun 10 '12 at 8:23

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