Awhile back I wrote about ‘Doing battle with a Dell R620 and Ubuntu‘ where I touched on the fact that booting from USB thumb-drive was a painful problem. In short, the same USB thumb-drive that would work in the R610 would not work in the R620.
It comes down BIOS support for USB and how it is handled. On the R610 there are 3 options: ‘auto-detect’, ‘floppy emulation’ and ‘hard drive’. Auto was hit-or-miss, floppy would not work but ‘hard drive’ worked every time. On the R620 there are no options so I can only suppose that it supports ‘floppy emulation’ upon detection of a USB thumb-drive.
Cisco’s new line of equipment now use a mini-USB cable for console configuration. There is no longer a need for a USB to serial adapter or a roll-over cable.
Connecting the USB cable on Linux should give you a new ACM device that looks something like this: “/dev/ttyACM0″.
To verify, you can also look through your dmesg or /var/log/messages :
[265430.720082] usb 4-1: new full speed USB device using uhci_hcd and address 4
[265430.914246] cdc_acm 4-1:1.0: This device cannot do calls on its own. It is not a modem.
[265430.914305] cdc_acm 4-1:1.0: ttyACM0: USB ACM device
For the longest time USB used to work quite well in VMware, then as if by magic, it all stopped working. However, after poking around I’ve discovered that there is a solution and it involves usbfs (usbdevfs). So here is a solution to get you all back up and running. Read more