KB450020 – Setting up Remote Access

Last modified: May 22, 2019
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Background

Remote Access is available for all Storinator products. IPMI or Intelligent Platform Management Interface is an open, industry-standard interface that was designed for the management of server systems over network. It enables you to monitor and control your server platform, as well as to retrieve information about your server platform is a standard. It supports FRU inventory reporting, system monitoring, logging of system events, system recovery (system reset or power off) or alerting.

This is very similar to DRAC, a proprietary offering from Dell. ILO is the HP ProLiant variant. ILOM for Sun/Oracle. In some cases, you may hear the terms used interchangeably.

These Solutions are proprietary lights-out management solutions provide more integration with the hardware and often time have nicer features (monitoring, logging, access) than a generic IPMI implementation. However some require special licensing to use. IPMI is free. But what is more important is that all of the aforementioned service processors – iDRAC, iLO or ILOM – are compliant with this standard (or with a specific version of it) so you can either use vendor specific tools to communicate with them or standardized IPMI tools. This may be an advantage when you need to integrate the platform with some monitoring system which supports IPMI standard but not a specific service processor.

Setting Up Remote Access (IPMI)

– Plug an Ethernet cable into the IPMI port and your network switch. The IPMI port is pictured below, it is the black Ethernet cable next to the PSU. Assign IP either DHCP or Static. (Static is preferred).

– Initial setup requires access to BIOS, then all management can be done using java tool or through a webgui (Firefox only). Newer (=> X10 boards) will show the IPMI address during bootup in the bottom right hand corner. Pictured is the IPMI set up screen, currently set up on our network in the lab.

– Use the last tool on this list IPMIView

– Or just type the IPMI IP address into Chrome/Firefox and get full control.

– All the remote viewing apps (webgui, IPMIview) are java based.

– To Gain Full Access and control of the machine through a Remote Desktop Java Application, Double click on the window inside the ‘Remote Console Preview” shown in the above image.

 

Setting Up Remote Access (IPMI) via BIOS

If you want to set up a Static IP for IPMI you can do this from the BIOS within the IPMI section.

  1. When the computer is turning on and you see the SuperMicro logo you can start pressing the delete key to enter into the BIOS.
  2. Once the BIOS loads you use the arrow keys to move over to the IPMI section.
  3. Highlight BMC Network Configuration and hit the Enter key.

4. Once you are in the Configuration, change the Configuration Address Source to Static and fill out the rest of the information required. (IP Address, Subnet Mask & Gateway IP Address)

5. After the information is filled in, hit the F4 key to Save & Exit. Confirm the command and the unit will restart.

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