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Configuring a Terminal for Use as a System Console

By connecting a serial port of an NCD terminal to a host system, you can use the terminal as the system console.

Complete the following steps to configure an NCD terminal to operate as the system console:

  1. Connect the terminal to the host using a null-modem cable.

  2. Make sure the X server boots from a PCMCIA card. With a local server, the terminal can reboot even if the host system is down.

  3. Make sure the config-auto-save-nvram parameter is set to "true," so the serial-interfaces-table is written to NVRAM.

  4. Set the mode parameter in the serial-interfaces-table to "terminal" for the port that you wish to use. Table 15-1 on page 15-3 lists the values for serial port attributes in the serial-interfaces-table.

When an NCD terminal is used as the system console, you should make sure security is enforced. Without security, a user on another terminal connected to the host could execute the NCD Terminal Emulator on the console and display its output on the user's own terminal.

To prevent a user from invoking the term -ctype command on a terminal being used as a system console, use exec-access-control-disabled and exec-access-control-list as described in the System Administrator's Guide.

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