Starting version 8.9.03, BMC Network Automation is renamed to TrueSight Network Automation. This space contains information about BMC Network Automation 8.9.02 and previous versions. For TrueSight Network Automation 8.9.03 and later releases, see the TrueSight Network Automation documentation.

Managing Telnet and SSH sessions

A Telnet/SSH Session action allows a user to launch an interactive session with a device from within the web-based GUI.


If you prefer to work with an SSH terminal such as Bitvise, OpenSSH, or SecureCRT, see Using an SSH terminal to start a session .

The following capabilities are supported for the Telnet/SSH span action:

  • The Telnet/SSH session can also be launched for a device from the Dashboard and the Device list pop-up window.
  • The user's Telnet/SSH session is tracked as a Job with the Transcript recording the session command/response interaction and the resulting Job Summary Report showing the before and after configuration difference report (assuming changes were made).
  • BMC Network Automation allows multiple, concurrent Telnet/SSH connections to the same or different devices.
  • BMC Network Automation proxies the Telnet/SSH session through the server and any remote device agent.
  • BMC Network Automation uses the device's access mode (Telnet/SSH2) and port to establish the client session.
  • BMC Network Automation allows a Telnet/SSH session to run independently of other span actions (for example, Deploy to Active and Snapshot can occur at the same time a Telnet/SSH session is in progress on a device).
  • The Telnet/SSH Job remains in an in-progress state for as long as the user remains in the session. The Telnet/SSH Job is put into a Completed successfully state if the user ends the session normally. The Telnet/SSH Job is put into a Completed with errors state if session ends due to a timeout by the device (if detectable) or any other abnormal termination.

The following table contains conceptual information and tasks that describe how to manage Telnet and SSH sessions and provides links to the applicable topics:

Administering taskFor more informationBenefits
To open a Telnet or SSH sessionOpening a Telnet or SSH sessionLearn how to open a Telnet or SSH session from the BMC Network Automation GUI.
To work in the Telnet or SSH sessionWorking in a Telnet or SSH sessionLearn how to work in a Telnet or SSH session and how to view the Job details transcript for a session.
To understand the concept of BMC Network Automation acting as a proxy serverUsing an SSH terminal to start a sessionLearn how BMC Network Automation acts as a proxy server between familiar SSH clients, such as Bitvise, OpenSSH, and SecureCRT, and the managed network devices.
To learn terminal commandsTerminal commandsLearn the commands that can be executed on the target devices in a Telnet or SSH session.
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