gaf at blu.org
Mon Aug 28 14:37:43 EDT 2006
On Monday 28 August 2006 1:54 pm, John Abreau wrote:
> I was spec'ing out a new server this afternoon, and I saw an option for
> an IPMI board. When I googled to find out what that was, I discovered
> it's a management interface for server hardware, apparently offering
> BIOS-level access to a server's hardware over a network.
> There's also a GNU FreeIPMI project available at
> It sounds like it would be an interesting topic for a BLU meeting. Has
> anyone here used IPMI, and would they be willing to give a talk on it
> or recommend a good speaker on the topic?
Intel's EFI pretty much does that. On all the EFI systems we have in our
lab, each has a separate cat-5 connector for the EFI which will give LAN
access to the EFI (or BIOS). While you could put this on a public LAN, the
intent is to keep the EFI LAN as a private network not accessable even to
the system itself. The way we have it set up here is we have a terminal
concentrator that connects to the serial console port of all the Itanium
systems where we can log in from our desktops. In this case, the management
console board is totally isolated from the rest of the system, and it is on
even if you power off the system, kind of like Skynet or WOPR.
FreePMI is an attempt to provide a similar type of approach to systems. HP
also have iLO (integrated Lights Out), Sun has LOM (Lights out management).
The whole approach is to move complete system management out of the data
center and into the office or operation center.
Jerry Feldman <gaf at blu.org>
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