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||KB450020 - Setting up Remote Access (IPMI)
This article describes setting your IPMI connection to access the storinator using client systems on the network.
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.
If you the your switch is not DHCP enabled and need to set up a Static IP for IPMI you can do this from the BIOS within the IPMI section.
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.