[Beowulf] impressions of Super Micro IPMI management cards?

Chris Dagdigian dag at sonsorol.org
Mon Oct 22 06:31:16 PDT 2007

Hi folks,

I'm a huge fan of demanding complete control over a remote cluster  
node via a serial console device or embedded management processor.  
Most of my recent experience though is with Sun ILOM system  
processors and the like.

I'm currently looking at a whitebox server vendor and the remote  
management technology they propose is a Super Micro IPMI add-on card,  
apparently from this family of products: http://www.supermicro.com/ 

My needs are pretty minimal -- remote power control. BIOS access and  
the ability to trigger a PXE boot off the network. Anything else is  
just supplemental.

Does anyone have any experience/impressions of the "Supermicro  
Intelligent Management" stuff?


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