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Re: [Freeipmi-users] possible causes for "ipmi_ctx_open_outofband: BMC b

From: Albert Chu
Subject: Re: [Freeipmi-users] possible causes for "ipmi_ctx_open_outofband: BMC busy"
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2011 10:00:44 -0700

Hi Werner,

The "BMC Busy" error code comes directly from the remote system.  As you
might imagine, it's typically when the BMC has too many IPMI requests to
handle and can't handle all of them.  That's the scenario I've
personally seen them the most on.


On Thu, 2011-04-21 at 02:15 -0700, Werner Fischer wrote:
> Hi Al,
> one of our customers monitors his Supermicro servers with FreeIPMI (with
> both Nagios using the plugin, and also using cacti). As both Nagios and
> cacti are monitoring the machines, it could be that two IPMI requests
> reach the BMC at the same time.
> For two systems (with X8DT3-LN4F and X8DTL-3F mainboards) he gets many
> times the following error:
>       ipmi_ctx_open_outofband: BMC busy
> As it works for other systems, I assume that this could be a hardware
> problem.
> But I just wanted to know what the possibles reasons could be for such
> an error ("BMC busy")
> Best regards,
> Werner
> PS: for the SR1625 question I got know feedback yet. I assume that the
> new beta works, but this customer can tell me for sure in about two
> weeks (than he can test the current beta)
Albert Chu
Computer Scientist
High Performance Systems Division
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

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