HP : Configuring MSA P2000 G3 SAN through CLI

By | May 17, 2014

HP MSA P2000 G3 SANs provide two ways of startup configuration. The first approach is using the MSA Auto Discovery Tool and the second is using the USB Serial CLI port. This tutorial will cover the CLI method.

1. Connect using a mini USB your computer to the CLI port on controller A. Use any terminal emulation program such as PuTTY, SecureCRT, HyperTerminal or a Unix shell and establish a standard COM connection.

2. Login to the console, the default usernames/passwords for HP P2000 G3 SAN is :

Default “admin” username : admin
Default “admin” password : !admin

Default “manage” username : manage
Default “manage” password : !manage

Default “monitor” username : monitor
Default “monitor” password : !monitor

3. Set the IP address information to both controllers using the following commands :

set network-parameters ip <IP_ADDRESS> netmask <NETMASK> gateway <GATEWAY> controller a
set network-parameters ip <IP_ADDRESS> netmask <NETMASK> gateway <GATEWAY> controller b

4. Your SAN should be accessible using your Web browser through the network now. If for any reason it’s not rechable from the network after these steps, then you may restart both management controllers using the following command :

restart mc both

NOTE : Restarting both management controller will obviously prevent any sort of access to the management controller over Telnet, SSH, HTTP/HTTPS and also temporarily stop monitoring capabilities (email and SNMP). This won’t affect the “storage controller”, meaning storage access won’t be affected by this action.

I personally always prefer restarting them one at a time, using the command below :

restart mc a
restart mc b