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[M/MX/T] How to access MS-PIC from the Junos CLI



Article ID: KB22657 KB Last Updated: 17 Nov 2020Version: 4.0

This article provides information on how to access MS-PIC via telnet from the Junos Command Line Interface (CLI).


  • MS-PC (and MSDPC PIC) can be accessed from the PFE CLI mode, but the connection is very low rate (9.6Kbps).

  • It is not suitable to take information from the PIC.


  1. Access via the PFE CLI is very slow and it takes a few hours to obtain information, for example, flow information in a production network:

FPC 3 REV 02 710-015839 CY6301 M120 FPC Type 3
PIC 0 REV 07 750-013423 JY4904 MultiServices 500

lab@router-re0> start shell pfe network fpc3 

RFPC platform (666Mhz MPC 8541 processor, 128MB memory, 512KB flash)

RFPC3(router-re0 vty)# pty 0

  1. Access from Junos CLI is via telnet and established over the router's internal Ethernet. To do this, you need to first obtain the PIC IP address for telnet access.

    1. Access PIC via the PFE CLI (refer to step 1).

    2. Type the show ipv4 statistics command; the following output is generated:

sp30(atr0)# show ipv4 statistics 
Routing Instance: 1 (__juniper_private1__)
IP ifl index 131078
Local addr:
address type[8] ifl[131078]
address type[8] ifl[131078]
address type[8] ifl[131078]

Traffic Statistics:
Input Statistics:
Intercept packets: 0
Dropped packets : 0
Fragments : 0
Up the stack : 465286
Output Statistics:
Loopback packets : 0
Dropped packets : 2
Output packets : 457984 

  There is another way (optional) to obtain the sp-interface's internal address:

root@router-re0% netstat -rn | grep sp- | grep 128      intf     1        ucst   566     2 sp-1/3/0.16383

  1. Check for the Routing Instance and Local addr. In this example, they are __juniper_private1__ and, respectively.

  2. Type control + c to exit the PIC.

  3. From the Junos CLI, telnet to the PIC with the IP address and routing instance:

lab@router-re0> telnet routing-instance __juniper_private1__ 
Connected to
Escape character is '^]'.

ABC platform (700Mhz XLR processor, 3968MB memory, 0KB flash)

Modification History:

2020-11-17: Updated router name with a generic name; checked article for accuracy; article found relevant and useful


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