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I found this:

http://pic.dhe.ibm.com/infocenter/iseries/v6r1m0/index.jsp?topic=/rzamh/rzamhresetqconsoledevpwd.htm

It is the procedure for resetting service tools device ids passwords.
I ran the SST option from my computer. Doing reset did not require
any further input. The new console still does not connect. It
doesn't say this function needs to be run from the desired device.
Would that matter? Did it actually do something?

John McKee

On Tue, Apr 16, 2013 at 6:42 AM, Jack Kingsley <iseriesflorida@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
John, can you ping the lan console IP address.


On Tue, Apr 16, 2013 at 7:21 AM, John McKee <jmmckee@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

I can see creating new devices when additional consoles are required.
But, to do a one-for-one swap, I am guessing, would require maybe
delete and recreate. I have seen mention, I think of ASMI, where a
binding gets created. That was on this list. I don't recall the
specifics. Didn't seem relevant.

IBM still (as of yesterday) wants me to directly attach a workstation
to (I think T5). This was to rule out network issues. My boss and I
are confused about this. Evan's explanation makes a lot more sense.
And, this would also seem to be a predictor that even doing that would
still not work.

Second IBM guy (I am back with first one) was just positive that IPL
would fix things. Like the i works like Windows.

John McKee

On Tue, Apr 16, 2013 at 6:06 AM, <rob@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
I do not think you need to go into SST to create devices and ID from the
system console. You should be able to go into it from any workstation
and
do this. Makes it easier when your console cannot connect. Allows you
to
resolve the problem.


Rob Berendt
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Group Dekko
Dept 1600
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From: Evan Harris <auctionitis@xxxxxxxxx>
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion <midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx>,
Date: 04/16/2013 12:15 AM
Subject: Re: Replacing a LAN console
Sent by: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx



Each PC that connects gets a "token" from the i when it connects - this
is
meant to be a security mechanism; the system looks for this token each
tmie
a connection is made to the same SST device.

The new PC can't connect because the security token that was generated
and
placed on the old pc when it connected to the QCONSOLE device is not
available. When IBM reset the connection (the 65+21 stuff a week or so
ago)
they cleared this out but it woudl have been re-created on the next
successful connection.

If the old pc is working, connect it up again and create some additional
sst devices and sst users. Use the new device names and passwords on the
new pc and all should be well. Henceforth use a new device name each time
you need to create a new connection when a PC dies.




On Tue, Apr 16, 2013 at 2:16 PM, John McKee <jmmckee@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
wrote:

This is only to be a simple replacement. One pc swapped out and
another swapped in. Last time i looked in SST, the single QCONSOLE
was enabled. If I uncable the new pc and attach the network cable to
the dying (not dead yet) pc, it works. Same Version of Windows.
Service pack is the same on the two computers. Same IP address - only
one plugged in at a time. The dump taken with SST shows many attempts
to connect with port 3100. No firewall on the pc. I keep wondering
if I have CA installed correctly. I can't recall the option I took.
I think tomorrow, I will either uninstall/reinstall CA or look at
modifying it.

Nothing exceedingly simple has jumped out for IBM.

John McKee

On 4/15/13, Roberto José Etcheverry Romero <yggdrasil.raiker@xxxxxxxxx>
wrote:
John, I find it strange. Lan console is a PITA sometimes, but not THAT
much.
Remember a few critical points:
Each and everyone of the PCS you choose to be Lan Console create their
own
certificates and must use separate QCONSOLE devices.
Therefore, if you have access (even for a while) to a working console
i
recommend you go to the DST and create a bunch of QCONSOLE with
default
passwords.
Then it should only be a matter of creating a connection, using one of
those new qconsole devices and it should work.
You cant share qconsole devices and i believe neither you can share IP
addresses.
Give it a try.

Best Regards,

Roberto


On Mon, Apr 15, 2013 at 7:58 PM, John McKee <jmmckee@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
wrote:

Today was another headscratcher. Still does not work. I performed a
dump for Tony and sent it to him. One issue that sticks out is
difficulty with port 3001. I can't help but wonder if I failed to
properly install something. I can't recall the option I selected for
the install. Could a missing piece cause a problem with port 3001?
There is no firewall on the pc and there are no port restrictions on
the network. This morning, the old dying pc was started and it
worked. Then, I removed the network cable from the old pc and
attached it to the new pc. Same IP address and net mask for both
computers. Thus my wondering if I selected the wrong option or
needed
to install something else.

Anthony wants me to install CA on a laptop and connect to connector
T5. Purpose is to prove the network is not the issue. But, this is
the same network cable, just moved from one computer to another.

Any ideas?

John McKee

On Fri, Apr 12, 2013 at 9:30 AM, Jack Kingsley <
iseriesflorida@xxxxxxxxx>
wrote:
I will add this, if your going to use multiple PC's, then make sure
you
are
establishing some guidelines as it pertains to the usage of
QCONSOLE
and
service tools device ID's by PC.


On Fri, Apr 12, 2013 at 9:31 AM, Jerry C. Adams <midrange@xxxxxxxx

wrote:

Rob is right; you need more than one device (PC) with LAN console
ability,
and it isn't necessary to IPL the System i to do this or to set it
to
dedicated mode.

Personally I have a very bad memory so I documented all of the
steps.
If
you need/want copies, email me off-list.

Jerry C. Adams
IBM i Programmer/Analyst
Who the hell was that? -Winston Churchill after Frank Sinatra had
come
up
and shaken his hand.
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-----Original Message-----
From: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of John McKee
Sent: Thursday, April 11, 2013 2:19 PM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion
Subject: Re: Replacing a LAN console

I forgot one other little detail. Currently, the new and old
broken
LAN
consol pcs are in a room next to the room containing the i.
Despite the detail that a ping from one to the other works, he
wanted
me to
move the pc into the room with the i, and directly attach to
connector
T5.
Light in that room isn't the best. Used to be a flashlight there
as
well.
I could not find a T5 connector. This was to rule out a network
issue.
But, network worked just fine until original LAN console pc died.
Did
his
suggestion have merit?

John McKee

On Thu, Apr 11, 2013 at 2:02 PM, <rob@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Yeah, IPLing your IBM i to resolve a console issue, and then
find
out
you still don't have a functioning console, is one sure way to
muff
up
your Monday.


Rob Berendt
--
IBM Certified System Administrator - IBM i 6.1 Group Dekko Dept
1600
Mail to: 2505 Dekko Drive
Garrett, IN 46738
Ship to: Dock 108
6928N 400E
Kendallville, IN 46755
http://www.dekko.com





From: John McKee <jmmckee@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion <
midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx>,
Date: 04/11/2013 02:52 PM
Subject: Re: Replacing a LAN console
Sent by: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx



There is a pc in the computer room. Only has 5250 emulation on
it.
When the mess happened before, it was sufficient, barely, to
resolve
that issue. Boss said there would be no backup or IPL this
weekend,
to avoid a potential additional headache. The headache of the
unknown.

John McKee

On Thu, Apr 11, 2013 at 1:22 PM, Jerry C. Adams
<midrange@xxxxxxxx

wrote:
If your boss doesn't like complications, he should love the
multi-console
capability that Rob mentioned. We had three [3] PCs capable of
being
the
console at a previous employer. My boss or I could start a
process
on
the
console and the other one would take it over right in the
middle.
Easy.
The third PC was, as Rob mentioned, mostly for backup (or
because
I
was
in
the CFO's office one day and didn't want to walk to the other
side
of
the
building to access the console, I forget).

Short of an HMC, this is the best option available.

Jerry C. Adams
IBM i Programmer/Analyst
I think that the free-enterprise system is absolutely too
important
to
be
left to the voluntary action of the market place. - Congressman
Richard Kelly (FL)
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-----Original Message-----
From: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of John
McKee
Sent: Wednesday, April 10, 2013 2:01 PM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion
Subject: Re: Replacing a LAN console

I gathered I could, based on the screen inquiring if I wanted
to
take
control. Issue then becomes a matter of communication. The
system
is almost totally unmonitored. No dedicated people to serve as
"operators".
So even knowing who will be operating is a bit of a challenge.

The boss would not want to complicate things too much. He also
functions as
an operator every other weekend doing backups. It is all very
strange.
But, this is on a prolonged death spiral. May be running
another
year.

I was wondering about the sequence of buttons I pushed to clear
"something"
on the i that prevented the current console from connecting
after
I
trashed
the config and rebuilt it exactly as it was. Whay was that an
issue?
What
was going on? Will multiple consoles cause a repeat? The last
is
important
especially since I have no idea who will be using the console.

John McKee

On Wed, Apr 10, 2013 at 1:50 PM, <rob@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Did you know that you can have more than one device be your
Lan
Console? I strongly recommend loading it on more than one PC.
This
way if one dies, you can use the other. Or, if you're a two
person
IT shop, load it on both you and your coworker's laptop.
Granted, with HMC, it's been awhile since I've used Lan
Console.


Rob Berendt
--
IBM Certified System Administrator - IBM i 6.1 Group Dekko
Dept
1600
Mail to: 2505 Dekko Drive
Garrett, IN 46738
Ship to: Dock 108
6928N 400E
Kendallville, IN 46755
http://www.dekko.com





From: John McKee <jmmckee@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion
<midrange-l@xxxxxxxxxxxx>,
Date: 04/10/2013 02:43 PM
Subject: Replacing a LAN console
Sent by: midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx



I used the wrong term last week. It was NOT an OPS console.
It
is
LAN console.

After getting the thing to work last week, I come in this
morning
to
see that the thing had died. I don't know why it needed to be
rebooted, but Windows had a problem finding a DLL. Many
reboots
later, I saw that different pieces were mysteriously
"missing".

For the moment, it is working. It is an MPC. Looks like a
bloated
LCD display, but it is computer built into a monitor. I tried
to
get into BIOS setting, with intent of running SpinRite. I
believe
I
will pass on that.

Boss wants it replaced, and there is a much newer computer
available.

Point of this post, if somebody reading this has not given up,
is
confusion I have. After I deleted the LAN configuration from
the
pc, which Windows had no problem doing, I built a new console
,
per
request from IBM. Initially, Windows would not allow the new
configuration to be stored. Had no issue with me deleting a
configuration. Seems odd. But, anyway, new configuratio was
finally stored. Console would not connect to the i. But,
this
time, an error popped up which Tony knew how to fix. It
involved
going to the i front panel and entering a number of codes. I
can't
remember what they were. Seem to remember one sequence being
repeated maybe eight times.

Ok, during start of the current LAN console, there is a point
where
the option to take control is presented.

My issue is what the heck was I clearing on the i and is that
a
factor in replacing the console computer?

John McKee
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