Automate a Manual Telnet Process using HP Operations Orchestration

 Automate a Manual Telnet Process using HP Operations Orchestration


This is a very brief tutorial to illustrate how a manual telnet process can be captured and translated into an automated process flow for use in HP Operations Orchestration (OO). I will use one of the available OO wizards that record the manual actions and generate re-useable OO flows. Please remember that although there are a few extra steps to generate this content than the manual process – you only need to generate the content (flows) once and can consume (run) them many times. The manual process of configuring port triggering on a router is used here.

Manual Process Instructions

Connecting to a Router via telnet and configuring port triggering

  • Open a telnet connection to your router.
  • When prompted enter the same admin user name and password as you use to connect to the web interface
  • First we need to confirm port triggering isn’t configured. The commands provided in this post assume this is the case. to confirm this type:

srv nat trigger -v

  • The output returned should show all available trigger spots as disabled and no labels/comments should be present. The output should look like:

%%      Port Trigger Rule status:

Index  Status  Comment  TProto  TPort  IProto  IPort


1 Disable

2 Disable

3 Disable

4 Disable

5 Disable

6 Disable


  • Once we have confirmed there are no configured port triggers, we can add the needed entries using the commands below. Enter each line once at a time followed by enter/return.

srv nat trigger 1 -c XBLA1 -e 1 -p 3 -t 53 -P 3 -i 53

  • Once these have been entered, run the trigger query command again:

srv nat trigger –v

  • The output should now look like the following:

Index  Status  Comment  TProto  TPort    IProto      IPort


1   Enable   XBLA1     TCP/UDP  53       TCP/UDP  53

2 Disable

3 Disable

4 Disable

5 Disable

6 Disable


  • If your output looks like the above the trigger ports have been configured.

Converting the manual steps to an automated flow

  • Launch the shell wizard and enter the repository you wish to use


  • Give the new process flow a name


  • Enter the details of the device you will be connecting to


  • Enter telnet prompts


  • Follow the Manual Process Instructions (outlined above) selecting “Add Step” after each command








  • Select “Next >” when finished.


The Automation Flow

That’s pretty much it! When you log in to Operation Orchestration’s flow authoring tool, Studio, the recorded flow will be under the Wizards folder.



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