How do I enable console redirection under OpenBSD so that I can see my remote server boot information and any diagnostic information that is normally printed to the screen? I’ve already enabled serial ports in my server BIOS and wired them up. How do I configure and access OpenBSD UNIX x86/amd64 server over serial console?
OpenBSD operating system supports serial console. You can use the serial console for the following purpose:
- Remote server management.
- See console output.
- Debugging the server problem.
- Headless OpenBSD installation via network/PXE boot.
Configuration: Setup a serial console
To direct the boot process to use the serial port as a console, edit /etc/boot.conf, enter:
# vi /etc/boot.conf
Edit / append as follows:
set tty com0
The above will use first serial port as your console. You can also define baud rate (default baud rate is set to 9600bps). Append the following line to /etc/boot.conf (set baud rate to 115200):
stty com0 115200
Save and close the file. Reboot the server to test your configuration.
How do I connect to a serial console under Unix/OpenBSD/Linux?
You can also use client tool such as cu, scree, putty (Windows based), and putty for management purpose:
screen /dev/serialdevice 19200,cs8
cu -l /dev/serialdevice -s baud-rate-speed
You can also use minicom, ipmi or KVM over IP clients: