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September 2013

IPMI Remote Management

IPMI (Intelligent Platform Management Interface) is a hardware-level interface specification that defines a common, abstract message-based interface to platform monitoring and control functions. Providing peace of mind to customers the BMC (Baseboard Management Controller) module implements IPMI 2.0 technology to provide remote access, monitoring and administration for Compucon server platforms. With IPMI, server administrators can view a server's hardware status remotely, receive an alarm automatically if a failure occurs, and power cycle a system that is non-responsive.

Features include:

  • BMC stack with a full IPMI 2.0 implementation
  • Hardware health monitor
  • Remote power control
  • Remote KVM (graphics) console
  • Virtual Media and ISO images    
  • Remote Serial over LAN (text console)
  • Overall health display on the main page
  • Option to change LAN connection interface at Runtime
  • Supports WSMAN as well as WS-CIM
  • RADIUS authentication support
  • Secure browser interface (Secure socket layer (SSL) support)
  • Supports Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP)
  • DCMI 1.0 support
  • Back up and restore configuration file
  • Factory Defaults from Web
  • Video quality settings
  • Record video and play
  • Server data / information (FRU)
  • Preview of the remote screen on the main page
  • OS independent

The IPMI enabled integrated graphics (Matrox G200eW) supports the following:

  • 1600x1200, 16bpp @ 75hz (Without KVM redirection)
  • 1280x1024, 16bpp @ 85hz
  • 1280x1024, 32bpp @ 60hz
  • 1024x768, 32 bpp @85Hz
  • 16M VGA memory
  • Windows, Redhat, and SLES driver support

Baseboard Management controllers (BMC) with IPMI is commonly used to manage servers. Compucon servers support IPMI through a dedicated network management interface. The BMC provides powerful remote debugging capabilities. Please ensure security is considered when using IPMI – one good practice is to use it within the local area network (LAN) only; if access over the Internet is required please consider setting up a VPN.


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