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The primary interfaces used to access the SBC are the Embedded Management Application (EMA) GUI, Platform Manager GUI, Command Line Interface (CLI) and BMC (Baseboard Management Controller) GUI.


The EMA provides an easy method to provision, maintain and administer the SBC platform from any Web browser. This is the most frequently used access method. Please see the EMA User Guide for details.

In network configurations where EMS is deployed, the EMS may also be used to configure SBC. Please see the Sonus Insight EMS User Guide for details.

Go to Logging Into EMA.

Platform Manager

The Platform Manager (PM) provides current status of the platform, application software version information and system information. The PM is also used to start, stop and restart the application as well as reboot the host. The PM supports upgrading the operating system and application. Additional features include a web interface for generic troubleshooting activities, security and remote access management. Please see the Introduction to Platform Manager for details.

Go to Logging into Platform Manager.

Command Line Interface

Command Line Interface (CLI) is the traditional method to configure systems from any machine with network access using a secure shell (SSH) client terminal emulator). Please see the CLI Command Reference for details.

CLI Modes

The SBC CLI includes two modes:

  • The system-level mode, which you are in when you first log in to the CLI. This mode lets you view the current configuration and status of objects.
  • The configure mode lets you create/modify, show, and delete configurable SBC objects.

Space-Completion Functionality

The CLI includes space-completion behavior which automatically displays a list of possible arguments when the user types more than one space after a keyword or parameter (same action as pressing Tab). This is generally desired behavior when entering commands from an interactive session, and is the default setting (complete-on-space is set to "true").

The commands to turn on/off space-completion are:

  • set complete-on-space true
  • set complete-on-space false

Below is an example of entering "show" command plus two spaces when space-completion is set to "true". The result is a "Possible completions" list that automatically displays as shown:

admin@sbx131> show••
Possible completions:
cli - Display cli settings
configuration - Display current configuration
notification - Display notifications
status - Display current system status
table - Display current configuration and status as a table
users - Display currently logged on users
utils - System utilities

On the other hand, when copy-pasting multiple commands to the command line this feature is not desirable. Extra spaces may prevent the commands from running as expected due to the automatic space-completion feature. To avoid this, turn this feature off using the following command:

admin@sbx131> set complete-on-space false
[ok][2012-07-03 14:13:47]

Go to Logging Into CLI.

Baseboard Management Controller

The Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) supports the following functions:

  • View basic system information
  • Change mouse mode
  • Configure BMC and Platform Manager network settings
  • Add, edit or remove users
  • Configure NTP settings
  • View or change SSL certificate
  • Perform remote control settings
  • Update BMC firmware and reboot BMC
  • Switch to Platform Manager

Go to Logging Into BMC.

Not applicable to SBC Software Edition.

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