open vm console

open vm vm_name {console}


Opens a session to the serial console of a virtual machine (VM).

Syntax Description

vm Designates a virtual machine.
vm_name Specifies the VM name to use with a serial console.
console Open VM serial console (default).


By default, a serial console is opened.

Usage Guidelines

The VM must be internally configured to enable the serial console.

You can disconnect the console session by typing CTRL + Y, or, if using Telnet recursively with an appropriate client, by typing CTRL + ] followed by “send escape”. A maximum of one session can be active for a VM.

You cannot access the serial console before starting a VM. You must start the VM, and then reboot it to gain serial console access.

The Integrated Application Hosting (IAH) feature requires the Solid State Storage Device SSD-120.


The following example opens a serial console session with VM "vm1":

# open vm vm1 console


This command was first available in ExtremeXOS 30.3.

Platform Availability

This command is available on all platforms that support the Integrated Application Hosting (IAH) feature and have a Core or Premier license installed. For a list of platforms that support the IAH feature and for information about licenses, see the ExtremeXOS and Switch Engine 31.7 Feature License Requirements .