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Re: [Freeipmi-users] Lost

From: Albert Chu
Subject: Re: [Freeipmi-users] Lost
Date: Mon, 29 Sep 2014 08:13:35 -0700

I think there is a subtlety that you are missing.  That fact that some IPMI
configuration options are available in the BIOS for you may be confusing

There are config values in the motherboard firmware that must be configured
in order for IPMI over LAN to function.  For example, IP, MAC, usernames,
passwords, etc.  For most motherboards, this is done in the operating
system via a tool (such as ipmi-config).  Some motherboards may support
this configuration in the BIOS, but it's not that common.  Most still elect
to use the operating system tools b/c it's easier to config on the command

When you use ipmi-config, you are creating a file that you can edit.  Once
editted, ipmi-config can read the configuration and configure the firmware
appropriately based on what's in that file.  So if you configure a new IP
in the config file, ipmi-config will tell the firmware to use that new IP.

This configuration is only on IPMI servers.  Non-IPMI machines don't need

FreeIPMI presently does not offer a GUI.


On Sun, Sep 28, 2014 at 10:24 PM, <address@hidden> wrote:

> On Sun, Sep 28, 2014, at 16:05, Albert Chu wrote:
> > ipmi-config is used to configure the hardware itself, not a piece of
> > software.
> >
> > As the manpage states
> The hardware is configured in BIOS.  This is a SuperMicro mobo.
> > ----
> > Most users of will want to:
> >
> > A) Run with --checkout to get a copy of the current configuration and
> > store
> > it in a file. The standard output can be redirected to a file or a file
> > can
> > be specified with the --filename option.
> >
> > B) Edit the configuration file with an editor.
> >
> > C) Commit the configuration back using the --commit option and specifying
> > the configuration file with the --filename option. The configuration can
> > be
> > committed to multiple hosts in parallel via the hostrange support.
> Where is this commit file written?  How is it committed?
> Would I commit it also to non-IPMI machines which are clients of the
> IPMI machine?
> Is there no GUI for these utilities?
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