[Beowulf] impressions of Super Micro IPMI management cards?

Noel Tendai Sanyika ntsanyika at csc.co.zw
Tue Oct 23 23:51:02 PDT 2007

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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Craig West" <cwest at astro.umass.edu>
To: <beowulf at beowulf.org>
Sent: Monday, October 22, 2007 9:26 PM
Subject: Re: [Beowulf] impressions of Super Micro IPMI management cards?

> Chris,
> I'm using the SIMSO version of the IPMI cards on my machines. No problems 
> using them for what I wanted them for. Remote power, remote sensor 
> monitoring and controlling both the BIOS and boot (via Grub) for Linux. I 
> have also been able to boot Linux, monitor the boot process over the 
> serial line and login on the serial line (via IPMI).
> The motherboards I have use Intel NICs and this means I can use the 
> out-of-band access to the card. Allows me to use a single Ethernet cable 
> for both normal traffic and IPMI. I've also configured the IP/Mac 
> addresses of the cards entirely from Linux (utils provided by SuperMicro).
> I've not run the KVM over LAN option. Apparently I can't with my setup 
> anyway (this is documented).
> Power up and Serial over LAN work fine from Linux via ipmitool - and there 
> is also the Java based GUI SuperMicro application.
>> 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/products/accessories/addon/SIM.cfm
>> 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?
> P.S. I am also running SuperMicro Systems - I don't know if (or how well) 
> they work on other boards.
> They work for what I need,
> Craig
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