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Cisco Cloud Service Router Virtual Machine Loading Issue on VMware ESXi 5.5

Hello Experts

I have followed the instructions on how to load a virtual machine as described in the following link:

http://blog.ine.com/2013/04/15/installing-the-cloud-services-router-1000v-in-esxi-5-1/

Everything appears to be going well, but when I boot the VM I don't see the GRUB menu, which states Select CSR 1000V Serial Console and hit enter. see image

Can someone let me know where I might have gone wrong

Cheers

Carlton
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Experts,

When the router boots up I get the console view shown image called boot, however when try and connect to the router using terminal client I get the screen shot shown in image crt.

I should be presented with the same image from my terminal client that I see from the console, correct?

Cheers
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Experts,

I'm still having problems.

Can someone tell if the settings in image seem ok?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Are you using the exact same OVA as pictured in the Blog Article you are reading ?

It could also be, you are not seeing the POST and BOOT process is TOO quick.

Alter the VM settings and slow it down.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Also looks like you are not running the serial output version, which you select at GRUB BOOT.

and when you are switched to Serial Console output, Serial (Telnet Output) is different to what is on the console.

It depends on which "view" or access method you want to use

1. Console
2. Serial (via telnet)

See screenshot

I'm running 1000V in Serial Mode, you can see a connection via Telnet, (serial), serial output is different to what is ont he current console of the VM!

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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Hi Andrew,

I'm not sure how to get the VM to run the serial version you mentioned:

Also looks like you are not running the serial output version, which you select at GRUB BOOT.

Can you help?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Are you selecting the serial port option from the GRUB menu?

or do you not see the options?

if you do not see the options, it's possible the VM is booting to quickly.

Turn off the VM, Edit the VM Settings (Right Click!)

Select Options Tab, and select Boot Options, and I would select Power On Boot Delay
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Hi Andrew,

Can you show me how to slow it down

Alter the VM settings and slow it down.
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Hi Andrew,

I changed the boot options as shown in image, however I'm still not seeing the GRUB menu.

I will increase the seconds.
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Hi Andrew,

I'm getting this GRUB message see image, but not a GRUB menu to select serial port:
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Forgot the image
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
is that screen via Serial Port...?

or via the Console ?

It looks like via Serial Port, so that screen is correct for Serial Port.

It already outputting to the serial port, it's already been selected.
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Hi Andrew,

Yes, you're correct - it is already outputting to the serial port.

I guess the problem is that I'm not getting the same out from the serial port  on my application called secureCRT that I'm getting from the console port via VMware Client :-(
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
and that's also correct, which you can see demonstrated by my screenshots!

See my ScreenShot!!!!!

They are different....

It's your choice, do you want to access via serial port or console!

Choice is yours, but when o/p to serial port, console displays different info!
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Hi Andrew,

Sorry for my late response.

So, what I would really like is for the output to be just displayed via my serial port. For that to happen, does that mean I shouldn't attempt to access the console port via VMware vSphere? Then I will get all the output through serial port?

I hope that makes sense.
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Hi Andrew,

I'm not expecting you to know the answer to this question(the question is still connected), the screen shot shows the point where my serial port hangs.

Have you seen something like that before

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
That's correct

Use either the Console or Serial Port.

If you were a Cisco die hard network engineer you would not have access to the console.

So stop using it!

Use serial.

I believe your original posted question has been answered. If these answers have been helpful please assign points. Your last question issue requires a new question. Myself or other experts will be glad to assist.
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Hi Andrew,

I think the statement in the screenshot maybe normal behaviour, I checked the statement from the following link

http://blog.ine.com/2013/04/15/installing-the-cloud-services-router-1000v-in-esxi-5-1/

I think I need to be patient and let the router continue booting - but its seems to be taking so long....
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cpatte7372Author Commented:
Thanks once again Andrew
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If you have further issues post a new question.
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