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  1. #1
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    For SuperMicro IPMI Users...

    Has anyone here used SuperMicro's IPMI card?

    I'm talking about this card.

    http://supermicro.com/a_images/produ...C-IPMI20-E.gif

    I have a few machines I just got that have that installed but I don't see anything during boot-up, in the bios, or anywhere else that even shows that it is there. Also, SuperMicro has ZERO documentation on how to use it.

    So my question is... How do you use it? It has a mac address but how does it get an IP? How is it configured? WTF?

    Thanks,
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    I hate to ask stupid questions but, what the hell is it?

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    Originally posted by LP-Trel
    I hate to ask stupid questions but, what the hell is it?
    It's some pseudo-or-maybe-legit out-of-bane management tool.

    let's you access information about system status, temps, power and do things like reboot or power on a box even if the machine is turned off or hung.

    At least, in theory.

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    I'm pretty sure that the IPMI card doesn't show during bootup but can't be sure on that.

    Have you got the IPMI software? After installing it go to The File menu then Discover IPMI device then enter the IP address of the server. It should then pick it up and present you with the features.

    I'm pretty sure the manual for it is on the IPMI CD which comes with it. If you haven't got it let me know and I'll see if I can find the one here.
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    If you are loading linux ipmi drivers can be manually inserted by
    ~# /sbin/modprobe ipmi_devintf ; modprob ipmi_si_drv si_type=kcs si_ports=0xca8 si_regspacings=4
    Also you need your motherboard to support SMBIOS Type 38 (IPMI Device Information). You can upgrade the BIOS, and make it load automatically.
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