Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) is a hardware level interface specification that defines a common, abstracted, message-based interface to platform monitoring and control functions. Both IPMI and KVM over IP can be used in emergency situations.
You can use IPMI to:
a] Monitor system health
b] Manage the system
c] Access system when network is down
d] Install new os
e] Power on / off system
f] Retrieve hardware logs etc
g] Read sensors data such as CPU temperature, fan speed, and voltage
h] Serial over LAN etc
How do I access server using IPMI?
You need IPMI client. This is supplied by your server manufacturer such as HP, Dell, IBM etc. You can also use ipmitool command to manage Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) functions of either the local system, via a kernel device driver, or a remote system, using IPMI V1.5 and IPMI v2.0.
How do I login to remote server using ipmitool?
ipmitool command is included in most Linux distributions Use the syntax as follows:
$ ipmitool -U root -I lan -H Server-IP -E shell
$ ipmitool -U root -I lan -H 10.5.1.2 -E shell
If you have a Windows server, you will have access to the Windows Special Administration Console (SAC). If you have a Linux / BSD / UNIX server, you will have access via a console login.
How do I login to remote server using server manufacturers client?
Supermicro provides IPMI command line client called ipmicli.x86. To use this client you must have Supermicro based server or use above generic client.
$ ./ipmicli.x86 ipmi-server-ip
$ ./ipmicli.x86 10.5.1.2
Welcome to Supermicro IPMI Command Line Interface Rev 2.13 (build 06072101) Copyright(C) 2002-2006 Supermicro Computer Inc., All rights reserved User Name: root Password: ********* connect ok ipmi>
Type help command to view supported commands:
Usage: open [ip address] (if ip is not specified in the command line) close (close the connection) powerdown (power down the system) powerup (power up the system) reset (reset the system) gshutdown (graceful shutdown the system) greboot (graceful reboot the system) gpowercycle (graceful power cycle the system) user username password (set new user) password name password (change password) console (Text Remote Console Redirection) sensor (read the sensors) sel (read the system event log) clearchassis (clear chassis intrusion) log [filename] (log msg, ipmi.log is default if no filename specified) ver (display version) help (display usage) quit (quit the program)
To view sensor data, use sensor command:
CPU Temp Temperature (C)=5.00 Min=0.00 Max=75.00 ok Sys Temp Temperature (C)=29.00 Min=0.00 Max=75.00 ok CPU Vcore Voltage (V)=1.24 Min=1.08 Max=1.61 ok 1.5V Voltage (V) =1.52 Min=1.44 Max=1.64 ok 3.3V Voltage (V) =3.34 Min=2.96 Max=3.63 ok 5V Voltage (V) =4.99 Min=4.48 Max=5.49 ok 12V Voltage (V) =11.90 Min=10.75 Max=13.24 ok -12V Voltage (V) =-12.30 Min=-13.20 Max=-10.80 ok VDIMM Voltage (V) =1.80 Min=1.68 Max=1.98 ok 5VSB Voltage (V) =4.80 Min=4.48 Max=5.49 ok Vfsb Voltage (V) =1.20 Min=1.08 Max=1.32 ok VBAT Voltage (V) =3.21 Min=2.96 Max=3.63 ok Fan1 Fan (RPM) =11100.00 Min=600.00 Max=25500.00 ok Fan2 Fan (RPM) =11500.00 Min=600.00 Max=25500.00 ok Fan3 Fan (RPM) =10900.00 Min=600.00 Max=25500.00 ok Fan4 Fan (RPM) =0.00 Min=600.00 Max=25500.00 fail Fan5 Fan (RPM) =11000.00 Min=600.00 Max=25500.00 ok Fan6 Fan (RPM) =0.00 Min=600.00 Max=25500.00 fail Chassis Intrusion = Intrusion Occurs Power Supply = ok ipmi>
Start text remote console redirection i.e. open login prompt. This is useful if server locked down because of wrong iptables / pf firewall settings. You can simply login using console and flush out all firewall rules. Type console at ipmi prompt:
You can press Ctrl-B to terminate Text Remote Console Redirection. Press [Enter] to continue...
Just press [Enter] key and you can login to your Linux box remotely even if access is blocked via IPtables or network connectivity issue.
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I can now stop my FreeBSD firewall by typing following command:
# /etc/rc.d/ipfw forcestop
If you are using Linux, enter:
# service iptables stop
Next, time I will write about setting up IPMI for Intel / AMD boxes under Linux.