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Console for PowerVS via IBMCloud GUI

This idea was created a while back (IDEA-I-3218), and closed, with the only real comment from a developer being that they were not responsible for PowerVS.

I should also comment that this problem only really applies to booting the PowerVS instance, navigating the SMS and then perhaps grub interfaces and during troubleshooting boot related problems.

As noted previously the Java console provided by the GUI is very basic and has no ability to cut and paste to/from the window. Capturing an image doesn't really cut it for documentation, and some passwords need pasting.

Once the OS is available and the network is operational, there are plenty of useful options - but nothing before this point.

  • Guest
  • May 2 2022
  • Returned for specifics
Idea priority Medium
Needed By Yesterday (Let's go already!)
  • Guest commented
    18 May 12:02am


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    Teresa Colombo commented
    17 May 01:26pm

    Are you able to recreate the test case?

  • Guest commented
    4 May 12:28pm

    agreed if it enhances function and is provided in other solutions like skytap we should offer the same

  • Guest commented
    3 May 09:38am

    Skytap provide this fonctionnality, why not IBM PowerVS ?

  • Guest commented
    3 May 09:36am


  • Guest commented
    2 May 02:29pm

    I guess a "pi instance-operation" mechanism (someone comment on that) with something similar to TN5250 would allow to cut&paste from terminal console.

  • Guest commented
    2 May 10:44am

    This is also "mandatory" if you need to use overly long&complex passwords, which typically are copy-pasted from a password manager to reduce the likelihood of error.

  • Guest commented
    2 May 09:36am

    Perhaps the PowerVS CLI can be enhanced to provide some sort of "pi instance-operation" command that can connect to the console and allow cut/paste operations?

  • Guest commented
    2 May 04:22am

    Having the ability to cut/paste text to and from the PowerVS VM console would be very beneficial. Particularly when troubleshooting boot issues on AIX (or Linux for that matter). It is often necessary to type in various commands to troubleshoot an AIX VM, when it is unable to boot. For example, Without the capability to cut and paste text to/from the console, this can be a very difficult and tedious task to complete. I, for one, add my vote to this feature and enhancement request.

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