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Cisco Cloud Service Router Virtual Machine Loading Issue on VMware ESXi 5.5 Pt2

Hello Experts,

I have just installed Cisco Cloud Services router in VMware ESXi 5.5.

I have followed the instructions listed here:

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

Everything appears to work ok, however the router gets stuck at the point shown in the screen shot.


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Can someone let me know if the problem is my terminal emulation application secureCRT?

Cheers

Carlton
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applications, we use are Telnet, and PuTTY.

We've only seen issues when there are network issues or latency issues on the network using serial port coms.

From the GRUB Loading stage2..
Press any key to continue.
Press any key to continue.
Press any key to continue.
Press any key to continue.

(which appear on console and serial port or telnet!)

Selecting CSR1000v - packages.conf

Takes,  30 seconds to process the SHA-1 has done.

1 minute to get to the first %IOSX-4-BOOT-ACTIVITY----

3 minutes to final router boot, it is slow!

Have you checked it stops, or is it just slow.....

you can confirm if it's serial port, by switching to console (version!)
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Hi Andrew,

It has totally frozen at the point in the screenshot.

I can check the console version only the vSphere client. I'll check it now...
I would wait, because at that point it's still booting.

what output have you got on the console, when in Serial Mode.

you should have Switching to runlevel: 3, when it's booted completey.

you need to check, if the VM has halted, or serial comms have stopped.

also, what version are you using, you should be using the latest!

csr1000v-universalk9.03.13.01.S.154-3.S1-ext.ova
Andrew,

My console from vSphere Client is showing the following:

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This is what I need in my putty or secureCRT
Hi Andrew,

Is there as way to change the Switching to runlevel:3?
Are you selecting.....

CSR 1000V Serial Console

on the vSphere Client console at GRUB, because that looks like VIRTUAL CONSOLE mode, which is the DEFAULT!

and have you made a decision, which you are going to use

Virtual Console or Serial Console - you CANNOT use BOTH!

Functionally it does not matter which!

Normally Cisco guys do not have the luxury of access to the console.
Andrew,

I know what you mean, but I'm not given the option between Serial and Console.

I will power off and on again and check now for the option in vSphere..
Hi Andrew,

I'm not given the option. It would appear its going straight to Virtual Console.

Is there a way to force it to give me an option?

Cheers
Do you see your VM Booting, when it displays the VMware logo at POST ?
The first thing I see is 'Press Any Key' then it goes straight to:
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I see the VM logo for split second
Is it possible to change the default to Serial ?
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Looks like it original booted, and configured itself for virtual console....

see above, áre you familiar with configuring Cisco stuff ?

which do you want to use virtual or serial ?
Yes, I'm familiar with configuring Cisco routers.

Do I need to reboot after configuring it for serial?

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yes, I would also....

copy system:running-config nvram:startup-config

reload

that should switch it all the serial.
Andrew,

You truly are amazing!

Working like a dream now.

Can't thank you enough mate...

Cheers
Thank you soooooooo much Andrew.
No problems, keep them coming!

Thanks for your kind comments.

Andy