Raritan DOMINION SX - Setup guide

Dominion SX
Quick Installation and Setup Guide
II. Physical Installation of Dominion SX for Initial Configuration
Physical Installation
1. Obtain a computer with a network
card and crossover network cable. This
computer will be referred to as the 'installation computer.'
2. Physically mount the unit in an
ergonomically sound manner. The unit is
designed to be easily rack-mounted, and
rack mounting is recommended.
3. Connect the crossover network LAN
cable to the primary LAN connection on
the back of the chassis. Connect the other
end to the network card in the installation
4. Connect the female end of the external power cord to the back of the chassis.
5. Connect the male end of the external
power cord to the power supply outlet.
6. Power ON the Dominion SX unit.
I. Prepare Devices and Network for Remote Operation
Congratulations on your purchase of Dominion SX, the complete solution for secure console
management. Before installing Dominion SX, first configure each device that you intend to
access remotely with the following parameters. This very important installation procedure
ensures a smooth installation.
Have the right cabling onhand to connect to the serial
consoles of the target server(s) or other serially-managed devices that provide a
console port. See section III,
on the other side of this
Attaching Servers or
sheet: “A
devices to the Dominion SX”
The following list, “N
Information,” includes information that you will be
required to supply to complete the configuration of the
Dominion SX. Obtain all
required configuration infor-
mation prior to performing
the configuration steps outlined in this guide. If you are
uncertain of any information,
contact your system administrator for assistance.
your network administrator.
Network Information
IP gateway: The IP gateway
for the unit, as directed by
your network administrator.
Raritan Unit Name: The
name of this unit, a generic
term for the Dominion SX
unit. This can be a maximum
of 64 characters (underscores are permitted), no
minimum, and no spaces.
IP address: The IP address
of the unit, as directed by
IP subnet mask: The IP subnet mask for the unit, as
directed by your network
Port Address: Port 23
(default) or any port number
from 2000 to 2400, as directed by your network administrator. Choosing a number
other than 23 can potentially
improve security.
Note: The unit will perform a hardware and
firmware self-test, indicated by the green
light on the back of the chassis, and then
start the software boot sequence. The boot
sequence takes approximately 30-60 seconds, and is complete when the green
light goes on and remains on.
Each unit comes with a certain set of configuration defaults henceforth referred to
as Factory Reset Mode. The default network settings for this mode are:
Internet Address (IP)
Gateway Address
Subnet Mask
Port Address
Ensure that your installation computer has
a route to, and can communicate with, IP
address by entering the command route print on the command line
interface of the installation computer.
If is not on the gateway list,
add it to the gateway list by typing the following commands into either a DOS or
UNIX command line interface on the installation computer where your browser is running.
On a Windows NT/95/98/2000 system,
type: route add <client_host
IP address>
For example:
route add
On a UNIX (incl. Sun Solaris) system, type:
route add <client_host IP
address> -interface
For example:
route add
On the command line interface, type:
If this does not produce a reply, please
verify that:
1. The Dominion SX unit is powered on
and has completed the self-test (30-60
seconds depending on specific model)
2. It has a crossover Ethernet cable connected to it from the installation computer
(or a straight-through cable from a knowngood port on a hub, switch, or router)
3. The correct IP address was entered
into the URL on a Java-enabled browser
4. There is route from the installation
computer to the Dominion SX.
Use the installation computer to connect to
the unit, typing the factory default IP
address in the installation
computer Web browser's address line.
Once you have reached the unit's initial
configuration screen, enter the Initial
Software Configuration information as
described below.
User Information
This information should be entered for
each user, up to 50 user accounts, with at
least one administrator for each Dominion
SX unit.
User Name: 32 characters maximum, one
character minimum, spaces permitted.
Login Name: 20 characters maximum, one
character minimum, no spaces.
User Type:
- Administrator: Can modify configuration
of the unit, has read/write access to the
console window.
- Operator: Cannot modify configuration of
the unit (except own password), has
read/write access to the console window.
- Observer: Cannot modify configuration of
the unit (except own password), has readonly access to the console window.
Information: Any additional information
(text) you want associated with this user.
Can be 64 characters maximum, no minimum, spaces permitted.
Password: Alphanumeric text, 6-16 characters in length, no spaces. The first six
characters of the password must contain
at least two alphas and one numeric character; the first four characters cannot be
the same as the user name.
Once configured, the Dominion unit will
automatically reboot. The unit will now be
operating at its newly assigned IP
address. If the unit is not yet mounted in
the final installation location, the unit can
be powered down and disconnected from
the AC power (mains) and then relocated
to its place in the rack or equipment shelf.
To communicate with the unit, please use
a Java-enabled browser, and enter the
unit's new IP address. Use the newly created Administrator Username and
Password to access the unit, add users,
and configure ports for access via the
Dominion SX.
Also, at this time, it is important to
verify/correct the Time and Date settings
for the unit (under the Time tab), since all
log entries rely on this information.
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Quick Installation and Setup Guide
Dominion SX
II. Physical Installation of Dominion SX for Initial Configuration (continued)
(continued from other side)
Configure the ports (see the "All
Servers" section that follows for
information required to configure
each server/device) for secure
console access. Also set up the
user profile for which ports a
specific user is authorized to
All Servers
A. Note the communication
settings for the console port on
each server that is to be connected to the Dominion SX.
These will include baud/bit rate,
typically 9600bps to 115.2Kbps,
parity, flow-control; hardware
B. Ensure that you have the
right cabling, and in some cases,
adapters, to connect the server
to the Dominion SX serial port.
C. Ensure that the console port
is enabled on the server to be
connected to the Dominion SX.
D. Ensure that the server supports - and console is set for VT100 emulation. Default codeset for Raritan's terminal emulation package, RaritanConsole is
RaritanConsole can be set for
ISO 8859-1 or ISO 8859-15.
Network / Firewall
In order to enable access to
Dominion SX, your network and
firewall must allow communication on TCP Port 23.
Alternatively, Dominion SX can
be configured to use a different
TCP port of your own designation
(from 2000-2400).
To access Dominion SX via web
browser, your firewall must also
allow access to TCP Port 443
(Standard HTTPS). You may also
wish to allow access to TCP Port
80 (Standard for HTTP) for additional convenience; because
Dominion SX will forward all
HTTP requests to HTTPS.
Allowing the initial HTTP
requests on TCP Port 80 usually
reduces complication for users
(users may initiate the connection with either "http" - unit will
automatically switch to "https" or "https" as a URL).
IV. Launch RaritanConsole (RC)
III. Attaching Servers or other serially-managed devices to Dominion SX
Launch RaritanConsole
Attaching Servers
1. Plug in power cord to AC
(main) supply.
2. Connect a standard Cat5
Dominion SX network port, to
your networked switch / hub /
3. [Optional] Depending on
your model, connect the integrated modem found in Dominion SX
by attaching one end of the
included telephone cable to the
modem port, and the other end
to an analog telephone line.
4. To connect a standard DB9
or DB25 serial console port to
Dominion SX, use a Raritan
Nulling Serial Adapter (p/n
ASCSDB9F, ASCSDB9M, ASCSDB25F, ASCSDB25M) to interconnect the console port to
Dominion SX via a standard Cat5
Ethernet cable.
5. Many Cisco and Sun
devices are equipped with serial
console ports employing nonstandard RJ45 connections.
Most of these devices' serial
console ports can be directly
connected to Dominion SX with a
"serial rollover cable" (not a standard Ethernet cable, nor a
crossover Ethernet cable). If you
have misplaced the rollover
cable supplied with your Cisco or
Sun device, you may purchase
one from Raritan (p/n CRLVR-15).
Dominion SX provides secure web-browser access to devices connected to each
of your servers or other serially managed
devices from any Java-enabled browser.
This enables convenient remote access to
your server(s)/devices without the burden
of having software on-hand.
1. Log on to any computer with a Javaenabled browser with network access to
Dominion SX.
- If you are using Windows NT, 2000, or
XP, ensure that you are not a "restricted"
- If you are using Windows XP, ensure that
either Java Virtual Machine or Microsoft
VM (XP Service Pack 1) is installed.
2. Launch Microsoft Internet Explorer or
the Netscape browser. Ensure that your
Internet Explorer/Netscape security settings allow the download and execution of
- The Microsoft Windows default security
setting, "Medium", will suffice.
3. Enter the IP address for the Dominion
unit in the URL field, and provide a valid
username and password when prompted.
4. Once authenticated, the list of ports
that the user is authorized to access will
5. Click on a specific port to access,
which must be connected to a poweredon and properly configured server/device.
6. A
(RaritanConsole) will be launched.
Position the mouse in the window and
press the Enter key on the keyboard.
7. You should then see the login prompt
Alternatively, just to test the port, please
plug in the supplied RJ45 loop-back plug
into a specific port and then select that
port. You will see the characters you type
echoed back.
The installation is now complete!
Please refer to your Dominion SX
Installation and Operations Manual,
located on the Raritan User’s Manual
CD-ROM for more details on any specific topic.