Posts tagged cli

cisco sg300 setup
posted on 2016-08-13 17:52

These are the notes for setting up a cisco sg300 10 port switch with vlans via the cli. It's the best cheap switch with managing that happens to have a CLI that is similar to the ones on the bigger switches from cisco, and it comes with a serial interface.

standard ip

Use this IP for acessing SSH or the webgui in your browser:

standard password

user: cisco
pass: cisco

serial connection

In case you need it because you cannot access the switch via IP any longer (scanning, and sure takes too much time to be feasible...), use its serial interface.

baud:      115200 (if not set otherwise)
bits:      8
parity:    N
stopbits:  1
no flow control

To use it, connect a USB-to-Serial computer with your laptop and use putty/screen/minicom, depending on the OS you use.


First, all commands are abbreviated here. Use ? in the CLI if you want to know what you type here, use it alone, after some characters or as a parameter on its own after a command.

cisco devices have different modes, and you edit the configuration in RAM after you logged in. To change all possible settings, you have to go into configure mode (conf), and to save it, the volatile configuration has to be copied back to the flash memory (copy run start or wr).

In normal mode there just are not so many options. To jump back, exit. More on the modes later on.

Sadly, ctrl+d doesn't work, but ctrl-z is its substitute.

first steps (after logging in and likely changing the password)

'backspace' key:

ctrl + h

delete current line;

ctrl + u
ctrl + k

disable/enable the output paging bullshit: (You know screen's copy mode via ctrl+a,[ so PGUP and PGDN work?')

terminal datadump
terminal no datadump

enable / disable command history / set its maximum size:

terminal history
terminal no history
terminal history size 206

show current configuration:

show run

show current access methods:

show line

save the changes up until now:

# choose 'yes', of course, when being prompted
copy run start

# this also works but is deprecated
wr t


For ease of use, when configure mode is needed, all the steps are shown. You can stay in configure mode if you want and perform several steps at once if you please.


conf t
hostname <my_new_hostname>
copy run start

search domain

conf t
ip domain name <your_search_domain>
copy run start

create a new user and revoke admin rights from the standard 'cisco' user:

conf t username <new_user> privilege 15 password <new_password> username cisco privilege 1 password <doesnt_matter_you_dont_need_it_anymore> ctrl-z copy run start

What this was actually about was using the different privilege modes present on cisco switches.

privilege level 1      = user mode, '>' prompt
privilege level 2 - 15 = privileged EXEC mode, '#' prompt
configure              = configure mode, '(config)' prompt

You can do fine-grained access-levelling, with commands available only at different privilege modes (i.e. 3, 6, 10, 14, 15, however you see it fitting), but we want to disable the basic account and create a new one.

Level 15 can do everything. Regular workflow is logging in, and using the enable password to elevate to administrator levels if need be.

Via enable <number> and disable <number> you can enter higher or lower privilege modes, compared to your current one that can be looked up via show privilege.

While in configure mode, you can enter sub-modes for some of the commands, ex, end and ctrl-z will work there, too.

set default gateway

conf t
ip default-gateway <your_gw_ip>
do copy run start

The do keyword lets you run EXEC keywords from within configure mode.

set default ip

mysql: dump table as .csv
posted on 2016-01-04 07:38:01

Sweet and simple:

select * into outfile '<FILENAME>.csv' fields terminated by ';' optionally enclosed by '"' lines terminated by '\n' from <TABLE>;

<FILENAME>.csv is the name of the saved file, which can be found at /var/lib/mysql afterwards. <TABLE> is the name name of the database table you want to export.

areca raid controller cli
posted on 2015-09-01 00:43:53


This is just a quick and dirty post which will not cover this in depth, as most likely this will only be needed once. Also this is about the interactive usage, not for firing off single commands one by one.

Also this is not about creating raids with the controller, as I will just use it as a Host Bus Adaper.

This should be achieved through creating raid sets (see rsf) and then adding these to volume sets (see vsf).


Set password and raidcontroller to use:

#usually <n>=1, when only one controller is built in
set curctrl=<n>

#enter pw so you can use commands
#0000 is default password, in case you need that.
set password=0000

#remove password
sys changepwd p=


#show controller info
sys info

#show settings info
sys showcfg

#show advanced settings info
adsys info

#show events
events info

#change to RAID mode
sys mode p=0
#change to JBOD mode (act as HBA)
sys mode p=1


#list disks
disk info

#S.M.A.R.T. gather data and then display it
disk sttest drv=<n> mode=short
disk smart drv=<n>


sys beeper p=0
sys beeper p=1
sys beeper p=2
IBM DB/2: Introduction and .csv export
posted on 2015-03-16 11:12:00


IBM DB/2 is a relational database, but sports quite a bit more features than i.e. mysql. But it differs quite a bit from the latter. This here should serve as on overview on how to use it's cli and some basic commands, when you are in dire need. ;)


db2 uses linux system users. This means, to access the database you have to be logged as the right user, which has database access granted.

For finding out which user is the one you need, simply login as each one (su db2username, try looking them up in /etc/passwd/) and issue a db2 at the shell prompt.

If it was the right user, it should look like this:

[user@host root]$ db2
(c) Copyright IBM Corporation 1993,2007
Command Line Processor for DB2 Client 10.5.0

You can issue database manager commands and SQL statements from the command 
prompt. For example:
    db2 => connect to sample
    db2 => bind sample.bnd

For general help, type: ?.
For command help, type: ? command, where command can be
the first few keywords of a database manager command. For example:
 ? CATALOG DATABASE for help on the CATALOG DATABASE command
 ? CATALOG          for help on all of the CATALOG commands.

To exit db2 interactive mode, type QUIT at the command prompt. Outside 
interactive mode, all commands must be prefixed with 'db2'.
To list the current command option settings, type LIST COMMAND OPTIONS.

For more detailed help, refer to the Online Reference Manual.

db2 =>

Trying with the wrong user will simply end in a bash: db2: command not found or the like.

basic commands

These should be the most used db2 sql commands when using the CLI via the db2 frontend.

To start simply write db2 while being logged in as the right user.

using help

# show commands
# show help on command
? <command>

connecting / disconnecting

# open connection so you can use sql statements
connect to <dbname>
# disconnect, but leave db2 cli running
connect reset
# disconnect and exit db2 cli
# exit client

getting information on the database and its structure

# list databases
list database directory

If this is too unwieldy, try this from a shell prompt:

# list database's name from shell prompt
db2 list database directory | grep -i 'database name' | awk '{print $4}'

Now onto the internal structure:

# show all tables from all schemas
list tables for all

# show all tables for a specific schema
list tables for schema <schemaname>

# get table structure
describe tables <tablename>.<schemaname>

# show shemas
select distinct tabschema from syscat.tables
## also, but i prefer the above for it's more terse output
select schemaname from syscat.schemata

# show users
select distinct owner from syscat.tables

In syscat.tables there is also other information you might want to know, it's like the counterpart of the mysql table in a mysql database of a mysqld installation, as far as I can tell. (The mysql table in database mysql in a mysql database management system installation is correct. If you do not get it, read up on your basics, seriously.)

export to .csv

Easiest this is done from a shellscript. Developing it may take some more time, but usually you will need it in the future again, and grepping through the shell's history ain't the way to go.

chmod 755

Open the file and edit it to look like this:

db2 connect to <databasename>
db2 "export to <filename>-$(date +%Y%m%d-%H.%M).csv of del modified by chardel\"\" coldel; decpt. select * from <databaseschemaname>.<tablename>"
db2 terminate

Read the above like export of sql-query, so the 'strange' syntax will make sense. The delimiter stuff is just sort of changing export settings.

I'd indent this like here, no idea if this makes sense to you:

        modified by
            chardelimiter '""'
            columndelimiter ';'
            decimalpoint '.'

I honestly do not know for sure if the terminate at the end is neccessary, but it does not hurt either, I guess. (Always close your resources if you do not need them anymore...) Since this is intended to be used as a cronjob, testing this without the conn reset is not an option since the system I am working on is produktive, and I sure as hell do not want to shoot it down some time in the future due to too many database connections. (When I have forgotten about the cron already, of course, or a colleague of mine will have to hunt it down without knowing anything about the changes.) There are quite a lot connections to the DB already, so troubleshooting this one-connection-at-a-time is also... NOT an option. :)

Redirect the commands output to /dev/null in case you want this as a cron job.

That should be about enough to start working with a db2 install you do not know much about. :)

ESXI: allow IP in firewall via CLI
posted on 2015-03-15 00:55:23

This is some from a while ago, I just found the pen and paper notes. Beware, there may be errors in here. There may be errors in here.

The settings go in here:

vim /etc/vmware/esx.conf

Look for an entry like:

# x here is just a number, increment to the highest one not present yet

Save and exit.

The next part was not neccessarily in this order:

I needed start, to restart all daemons (since I didn't know which one was exactly needed) and restart the firewall:

esxcli network firewall unload
esxcli network firewall load
esxcli network firewall refresh

Have Fun.

create / delete raids with Adaptec's arcconf CLI
posted on 2014-11-17 18:11:41

When working with the CLI for the sole purpose of handling RAID's, usually these commands are needed:

  1. task
  2. create
  3. delete

This will be sort of a lazy posting, no screenpastes will find their way in here, I beg your pardon.


First make your live a lot easier:

alias asdf=/usr/StorMan/arcconf  ## or where your executable is located

Get an overview on what hardware is available:

asdf getconfig 1 pd | less

This is important, so you can locate the channels / slots of the drives you want to handle. The command is piped through less, since usually the output is too big to fit on a screen. (At least on an 19" 8-bay server, where all slots are filled.)

Similarily, you can see the already created RAID's via

asdf getconfig 1 ld

initialize drives

Once you got your information and you decided your layout, initialize the drives.

If you have nothing you need, and want to prepare all drives at once, do:

asdf task start 1 device all initialize

Else specify the channel and drive id, instead of using 'all':

asdf task start 1 device 0 0 initialize

This will erase the metadata from the drive in slot 0, if your setup is correctly assembled. (Else you are in for trouble, sooner or later, but if you do not know this, you might want to consider a different career path anyway...)

create a logical device

Lets have two examples, one raid1 spanning drives 0 0 and 0 1, and a raid10 on drives 0 4 to 0 7:

asdf create 1 logicaldrive name my_raid1 method quick max 1 0 0 0 1
asdf create 1 logicaldrive name my_raid10 method quick max 10 0 4 0 5 0 6 0 7

While the syntax is cryptical at first, this should become pretty clear once you did this several times.

create is self-explanatory, the first 1 means the controller, and in 99% of all cases you only have a setup with a single controller. logicaldrive is always a present keyword here (except you want to create a jbod), a name always helps. method quick initializing is usually also the best way to go. max specifies maximum size of the raid (that is, as big as the disks let it be).

The numbers afterwards are then:

  1. the raid level
  2. all the channel and slot number tuples

deleting a logical device

asdf delete 1 logicaldrive all

deletes all raids which were created prior.

asdf delete 1 logicaldrive 2

deletes the logical volume with the id 2. (Remember asdf getconfig 1 ld!)

That should be about it in short. modify for raid migration or online capacity expansion is reserved for another post for the time being.

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