Today we are going to dive into how to setup and use Thinklogical’s line of Secure Console Servers. What I like about these devices (available in 8-, 16-, 32-, and 48- port models) is that they are actually running Linux, so the setup and configuration is a breeze via the command line for anyone comfortable on a Redhat based system.
Initial Device Setup and Configuration.
There are two pretty simple ways to connect to your SCS one you have unboxed it and have powered it up.
The first is via IP. The default ip address of the device is 10.9.8.7. So plug one end of an Ethernet cable into a network port on a laptop or desktop. Plug the other end of this same cable into the first network port on the SCS and configure your workstation so that it has an IP address on the same network as the SCS. In my case I set the IP address of my laptop to 10.9.8.8. No Netmask or Gateway needed when connected directly. This method enabled me to either ssh directly into the device or connect to it via web browser.
The second method is via a serial connection to the SCS’s console port. In this case I fired up minicom (hyperterm or putty will do as well if you are running Windows) and configured it to use /tty/USB0, which is the device number associated with my USB to serial converter. If you have an serial port on your laptop you can skip the USB to serial adapter and just plug right into the serial port on your workstation. This method allows you to login directly to the device’s console. In this scenario, I used a Cisco console cable to connect the two devices together.
The initial login and password are root/root. It goes without saying that you need to change this password ASAP.