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Pondering Automation: Don't get caught in the Terminal!

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Howdy out there in automation land! It is almost mid summer already... wow, where does the time fly to? I have had a request by a few customers to do a deeper dive into the terminal adapter and well, I love to do what the customers want! Not just because I like to please customers but you are my most avid readers and watchers and I'm all about making the blogging community happy. Today will we embark into the terminal adapter and discuss a few different things including the adapter itself, the targets from the adapter, how the adapter works, how you can use the adapter, and how to handle output/input for the adapter and it's pieces. The terminal adapter provides you with the terminal target and the unix/linux target. The Unix/Linux target is for unix/linux systems of all flavors and types! It allows you to do commands and SFTP gets/puts to your unix/linux system. Very nice!

The terminal adapter allows us to connect to any v2 SSH or terminal based device or system or OS. You can connect to Cisco IOS based devices, unix/linux, routers, switches, Cisco Telepresence, IP phones, IP cameras, and oh so much more! Imagine all the automations you can do with all those devices and I would wager you have at least one or two of them lying around! This VOD will start from a high level and work our way into the adapter but not get overly complex yet. I want everyone in the reading audience to have a good grasp of this adapter before we take off at light speed and hit something really difficult. I have done a ton of great (and simple) automations with this adapter. Did you write a great unix script but want to schedule it or do something special with the output and make some decisions based on that output? Well with some terminal adapter calls and a single CPO process you can do all that plus more! I highly suggest anyone with any SSH or telnet based devices/OSes watch this and see if you can increase your automation output in your IT center!!





Shaun's Monthly Q/A


No questions this month! Hopefully we'll get some in to answer for next time!



Every month I will pick a handful of questions from you, the reading CPO public, to answer in this part of the blog. Please post comments/questions below. I will no longer be using the external e-mail from previous blogs.


Please also let me know if you like the format of this blog and what else you would like to see/know about. Feel free to give any ideas as to future blog posts, etc and I will be happy to post them. I hope to  do more how-tos, best practices, tips, tricks, and hopefully some interviews of the important people behind the scenes of CPO.



WEEKLY AUTOMATION BLOG DISCLAIMER: As always, this is a blog and my (Shaun Roberts) thoughts on CPO, my thoughts on best practices, and my experiences with the product and customers. The above views are in  no way representative of Cisco or any of it's partners, etc. None  of these views, etc are supported and this is not a place to find standard product support. If you need standard product support  please do so via the current call in numbers on or email



Thanks to all for reading and happy automating!



-Shaun Roberts

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