Archive for January, 2014

How to setup Minicom on a Kali (Debian) Linux computer

January 20th, 2014 Comments off

I needed to use the console port to configure some Cisco gears. Unfortunately, I only had my Kali Linux laptop with me. After a quick Google search, I found a package called “Minicom”, which could be used to connect to the serial ports on the laptop.

First, I went straight to “apt-get” to install the package, by using

But Kali Linux kicked back with error

1 apt-get

Turned out that the package ‘minicom’ placed in ‘universe’ repository. Check if that repository is enabled. The /etc/apt/sources.list must contain something like this:

Remember to run sudo apt-get update after changing the sources.list

2 sources list

Now I could install it

3 install

I also needed to get the serial port info with the following command:

4 dmesg

Then I could start Minicom and set it up with the information I have

5 minicom setup

Don’t forget to save the settings as default.
From now on, when I need to use the console port to config my Cisco gears, I just run Minicom and ready to go.

The last step would be, to Exit from minicom, Click Ctrl, A, Z then X.

Categories: Data Center, Linux


January 9th, 2014 Comments off

I booked 20 days off for Christmas and this is what I did at night time

What’s next ? I’m thinking about ¬†CCNP Data Center, I already did too much Cisco Unified stuff anyway.


Categories: ITIL

Cisco UCS Configuration and Operational Policies

January 7th, 2014 Comments off

I was searching for a list of Cisco UCS Configuration and Operational Policies on the Internet but couldn’t find one. So I put together this list for my future reference

Configuration Polices

  • Boot
  • Chassis Discovery
  • Ethernet and FC Adapters
  • Dynamic vNic
  • Global Cap (Power)
  • Host Firmware
  • IPMI
  • Management Firmware
  • Management Interface Monitoring
  • Network Control
  • Power
  • QoS
  • Rack Server Discovery

Operational Policies

  • Fault Collection
  • Flow Control
  • Maintenance Policy
  • Scrub
  • SOL
  • Stats Collection
  • Stats Threshold
Categories: Data Center