Unable to connect to a BMC Serial Console

Shubhabrata Bose shubhabrata.bose at tcs.com
Tue Oct 11 17:49:47 AEDT 2022

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Thanks for guiding !!


After referring to your slides 25 and 28,  it looks like it’s the Host Serial port (i.e., Serial_B Port next to the IPMB port, in BLACK colored in your slide) that’s the one I am connecting to, so it’s not the BMC Serial port then .

Thanks for pointing out.


So, for the Intel servers having “AST2500 BMC PSoC” or similar, if BMC serial port is not accessible, then how to connect to the debug console ? Do we need to access via SOL (Serial over Lan), LPC or any other methods.

How do we flash and test our image (that I want to build on QEMU) ??  Also, what are the other options I have for this board S2600GZ, as we have currently only this one where we want to test our codes etc.

Thanks a lot again,


From: James Mihm <james.mihm at gmail.com>
Sent: Tuesday, October 11, 2022 9:32 AM
To: Jeremy Kerr <jk at codeconstruct.com.au>
Cc: Shubhabrata Bose <shubhabrata.bose at tcs.com>; openbmc at lists.ozlabs.org
Subject: Re: Unable to connect to a BMC Serial Console

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Hi Shubh,

Is your goal to replace the Intel BMC firmware stack with an OpenBMC firmware image?

The Intel S2600GZ server (a.k.a., Grizzly Pass) is an older server with an Emulex Pilot 2
BMC PSoC with a proprietary firmware stack. Furthermore, the Pilot series of BMC is not
supported by OpenBMC. Whereas the S2600STP (a.k.a., Sawtooth Pass), that Jeremy has
referenced, has the AST2500 BMC PSoC and is supported by OpenBMC.

To make things more challenging for hackers, Intel platforms don't have the BMC serial port
normally accessible. Meaning that the hardware to connect to the BMC serial port isn't
populated and logging into the BMC via the serial console is disabled.

Regards, James.

On Mon, Oct 10, 2022 at 6:16 PM Jeremy Kerr <jk at codeconstruct.com.au<mailto:jk at codeconstruct.com.au>> wrote:
Hi Shubh,

> TCS Confidential

Really? :)

> I am new to OpenBMC and I need some help about how to access the BMC
> console which I am not able to, after many tries.

Just to confirm - you're referring to the console for the BMC system
itself, right? As distinct from the host serial.

> Currently, I have connected my Host Server (i.e., Thinkstation P510 –
> Intel X86-64 CPU installed with OS: Ubuntu 18.04)
> with Intel Server Board S2600GZ (OS :Ubuntu 14) which has a BMC chip
> using aUSB-TTL Serial console cable
> (“xcluma Usb To Ttl Serial Cable Debugger For Raspberry Pi Beaglebone
> Cubietruck”.)
> The minicom is not showing me any prompt & it’s paused; nothing is
> going ahead.

A few things to check:

 - Where have you attached to the TTL signals? Are you sure that's a
   BMC serial port?
 - What are you expecting to see there? The BMC might only be
   outputting console data during boot.
 - Are you using the correct baud rate? (since there should be
   activity on the TX line during boot, you can use this to find the
   TX line and set your baud rate)

I'm not familiar with the S2600GZ, but I have done a bit of OpenBMC
development using a S2600STB platform, which may be similar. In that
case, slides 25 and 28 of this might help:


Otherwise, maybe Intel folks here can provide better connection details
for the GZ.



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