The console can either be a standard PC monitor (video), a virtual machine console or a serial (RS-232) port. The Halon HSR hardware appliances, as well as typical Halon VSR installations on "embedded" hardware such as Soekris or ALIX uses the serial port as console.
Connecting to a serial console
Accessing a serial console is similar to how you would connect a standard PC monitor to the VGA port of a computer, except that the monitor is in fact a computer with a terminal emulation software. In some operating systems, the serial ports are referred to as COM ports.
- Make sure that you computer has a serial port (usually a DE-9) or purchase a "USB to RS-232" adapter
- Connect the appliance and the computer using a RS-232 serial cable, sometimes referred to as null modem cable
- Start a serial terminal emulator and connect
- On Windows, you can use the sometimes built-in HyperTerminal or download the free PuTTY program
- On Mac, run screen /dev/cu.usbserial (where cu.usbserial might be something else) in Terminal
- On Linux, run screen /dev/ttyUSB0 (where ttyUSB0 might be something else) or minicom -D /dev/ttyUSB0 -b 9600 depending on which you like the most; on Debian-based distributions you can install for example minicom with apt-get install minicom.
The default baud rate is 9600 bps.