AIM-CUE Session

AIM-CUE Session

We’ve covered so far a bunch of very interesting topics on our journey to familiarize ourselves with the AIM-CUE, things like, unpackaging, physical installation, logical connection, IP addressing, IP Unnumbered and also IP Routing using an static route, we are ready to move forward to the next step, opening our very first session, let’s do that.

First let’s double check we do have proper connectivity:

  • ping
Type escape sequence to abort.
Sending 5, 100-byte ICMP Echos to, timeout is 2 seconds:
Success rate is 100 percent (5/5), round-trip min/avg/max = 1/1/1 ms

Opening a session

You’ll see that at the end of the day, opening a new session with our CUE is just like going from one device to the other using telnet, see the CLI command we have to use below:

  • service-module Service-Engine 0/1 session
vgw#service-module service-Engine 0/1 session
Trying, 2386 ... Open

Congratulations! You are finally inside the Cisco AIM-CUE for the very first time, awesome! job well done!

Returning to the original (router) session


Once we are done with whatever we were doing on our AIM-CUE and we want to go back to the router, closing permanently the current connection with CUE, we must use for these cases, the “exit” CLI command, see below:

CUE-751> exit

[Connection to closed by foreign host]

Briefly, wanting to resume the session

Because we are just opening a new telnet session with our CUE, as you can imagine, we can also use the very well known key combination (Ctrl-Shift-6-X) to get back to the original session, but leaving the possibility to resume the current CUE session by just pressing Enter.

ctrl shift 6 x
Press Ctrl+Shift+6, then release all (three) keys, and then press “X”

See below the effect of pressing “Enter” immediately after the key combination.

[Resuming connection 1 to ... ]

As you can see, the shell resumes the CUE session, and that is very useful for cases where configuring the CUE we have to wait for it to complete a given task.

We don’t have to just sit in front of the computer waiting for CUE to complete its task, what we can do instead, is to go back to router to do other things meanwhile, knowing that we can quickly resume the CUE session, because it was left intentionally open.

Show sessions currently open

From the original (router) session we can check if there is any open session, see command below:

  • show sessions
vgw#show sessions 
Conn Host                Address             Byte  Idle Conn Name
*  1           0      0


Disconnect Session

The output of the “show sessions” command is necessary to get the session ID, in the example above that number is “1”, you’ll use the session ID number to close that particular session, see command below:

  • disconnect 1
vgw#disconnect 1
Closing connection to [confirm]

The “Good Old” question mark symbol

Now that we are finally inside our CUE for the very first time, we can ask for help using the old good question mark symbol, you can see a list of the available options below:

CUE-751> ?
  ccn          Telephony application
  clear        Reset functions
  configure    Enter configuration mode
  copy         Copy data from one location to another
  disable      Turn off privileged commands
  echo         print the arguments
  enable       enter privileged mode
  erase        Erase a configuration
  exit         quit the cli
  groupname    Group descriptions and accounts
  insert-line  Insert a line of text
  log          System event messages
  mwi          Message Waiting Indicator
  network      commands associated with networking
  no           Negate a command
  offline      Change the system to administration mode
  ping         Send echo messages
  reload       Reboot the system
  remote       commands associated with remote info
  service      Services on the system
  show         Show running system information
  shutdown     Halt the system
  software     software
  techsupport  Generate debug related information for support
  terminal     Configure this session's terminal
  trace        Enable trace events for debugging
  username     User descriptions and accounts
  voicemail    voicemail application
  web          define username for GUI user
  webapp       Commands associated with web applications
  write        Write running configuration to memory or terminal

Show me more

Aren’t you already curious about what the “show” CLI command have to offer? let’s take a look right now:

CUE-751> show ?
  arp          ARP table
  backup       Print backup utility configuration
  calendar     Print calendar schedule information
  ccn          Telephony Application
  clock        Display the system clock
  configuration Contents of Non-Volatile memory
  cores        List the core files
  crash        Show kernel crash information
  crypto       Encryption module
  debugging    State of each debugging option
  errors       Print statistics about system events
  fax          Fax details
  group        Print information about a single group
  groups       Print list of known group names
  hosts        IP domain-name, lookup style, nameservers, and host table
  imap         IMAP server
  interfaces   Show interface status and configuration
  ip           IP application
  list         Print information about a single distribution list
  lists        Distribution lists
  log          Print recent system event messages
  logging      Show console logging options
  logs         List the logs
  memory       Memory statistics
  messaging-gateway Messaging gateway
  network      Networking application
  notification Notification
  ntp          Network time protocol
  packets      Network traffic
  parser       Display parser information
  phone-authentication IP phone services authentication server
  privilege    Print information about a single privilege
  privileges   Print list of known privileges
  processes    Application subsystem state
  remote       commands associated with remote info
  restriction-table Restriction table for outbound calls
  running-config Current operating configuration
  security     Print information about security settings
  smtp         SMTP Server details
  snmp         SNMP configuration
  software     software
  startup-config Contents of startup configuration
  sysdb        System configuration database
  system       Print system information
  tech-support Summary of diagnostic information for Cisco TAC
  trace        Show trace information
  user         Print information about a single user
  users        Print list of known usernames
  version      System hardware and software status
  voicemail    Telephony application
  voiceview    Voice Mail Phone Service Application
  web          GUI interface
  webapp       Print list of loaded web applications

Where to go from here

I think we have now a lot of “home-work” to do, many options to check and the opportunity to finally get to know ALL about our AIM-CUE, let’s continue with a few more “show” CLI commands then.