Setting Up Console Mirroring
In order to setup console mirroring, you need first to authorize the Service Console, and set
up the right line speed. Refer to previous chapters on how to set up the service line speed
and how to authorize the Service Console. Then do the following:
1. While AIX is running, log in as user root.
2. Type the following command to make sure that the Service Contract Validity is greater
than or equal to 0:
The command output is:
Remote Service Support
Quick On Call Service
Service Contract Validity
Service Support Type
Note that mirrord cannot be started if the Service Contract Validity is –1 (No Valid Service
3. Wake up the mirror daemon (mirrord) by either switching the Physical Key to Service or
by typing the following command:
keycfg –c service
If mirrord is awakened successfully, you should see the following messages:
mirrord: Wait connection...
mirrord: Remote user connected, mirroring active
4. Type the following command to verify that mirrord is running:
ps –ef|grep mir
The command output is similar to the following:
5. Now, the support personnel should be able to work on the remote console, and the
customer should be able to watch on the BUMP Console what the service personnel
enter on the Service Console.
6. To turn mirroring off, either switch the Physical Key to Normal or type the command:
keycfg –c normal
You should see the following message:
mirrord: mirroring is stopped
If the prerequisite conditions are met, the mirrord daemon is started at boot time, but goes to
sleep until the System Key is set to Service. When mirrord is awakened, it kills all processes
on S2 and pushes the streams mirror module onto the S2 queue.
Since it is assumed that the Service Console is remote, mirrord requires a modem file that
specifies the type and characteristics of the modem. This modem file is required even if the
Service Console is connected locally without modem. Thus, a file with no modem must be
provided. The default name of the modem file is mir_modem. Please refer to the appendix
for supported modem files.
0:00 /usr/sbin/mirrord mir_modem
0:00 grep mir