Manage Groups Administration with IPMIview As can be seen above one can monitor several servers on one screen which is a more user friendly approach than having to log into each server individually. I was able to create an bootdisk and I can start ms dos. Since I will be covering the Windows version, the installation procedure simply involves downloading and then running the installer. Thus what could be so simple and good is not. As a note, that IPMI 2.


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Best of all, with the KVM-over-IP features, remote temperature and fan speed monitoring, and the ability to remotely power cycle machines, a user can put a system into service never attaching an optical drive, keyboard, mouse or monitor to the machine.

I could see from the manual that there should be an additional tab at the bottom, next to the KVM Console but for some reason it was greyed out. Conclusion Although one may have surmised at this point that the IPMIview interface is not the flashiest, most modern looking UI out there, the application serves its purpose well of being able to remotely monitor and manage servers.

These events include things such as chassis intrusions, CPU temperatures rising beyond thresholds, fan failures and etc.

Supermicro IPMIView plugin

I have yet to use this function in a real-world situation, but this is used when one wants to reset the BMC.

Bizarrely ipiview fails unless you are root on my system! No is correct that most but not all boards with IPMI 2. This is an especially important tab when you want to give some administrators access to BMC functions. Being able to export the log is something that I do not personally use, but I could see how someone managing many nodes would like to bring system events into Microsoft Excel or Access for tracking purposes.


When troubleshooting a machine that is ipmiveiw random lockups, I commonly look to cooling jpmiview CPU temperatures as potential culprits. The show history option allows a user to see graphs with the displayed values over time. Some systems, especially Windows Server R2 machines running Hyper-V can take a long time to shutdown or reboot.

Do you have to install any software on the servers or does it run on the motherboard? Since I will be covering the Windows version, the installation procedure simply involves downloading and then running the installer.

Also one can see that a user has the option to attach a virtual I;miview or floppy. One can then download the report output into Excel which makes taking inventory a relatively simple task.

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For tasks like flashing BIOS ipmiveiw controller cards, doing OS installs and the like, being able to mount drive images at the baseboard level is awesome.

Monday, September 30, With that being said, IPMIview is a utility that I use at least four times a week because it is a useful way to manage multiple servers remotely. IPMIview makes this a fairly simple process. IPMIview has a tab with monitoring information where one can see ipmiviwe speeds, voltages, CPU temperatures, and things like chassis intrusion alarms.

To connect to your server, you obviously need a bridge network interface in your virtual machine. If one ever needs to see the serial number, I would offer that using IPMIview in this case is much easier than looking for the serial number in a running rack mount server.

I also read elsewhere that it is very hit and miss with the official oracle Java too, although in my case it did work with the java that was running on a win xp virtual machine. This software lacks polish. Beyond simple KVM redirection, IPMIview also has a built in on screen keyboard that allows one to hit troublesome keystrokes often F keys while using a Windows client and viewing a ESXi hypervisor screen for example through a mouse click.


Ippmiview performance is not great. The interface can be accessed from a dedicated software or a web browser. Perfectly usable for basic tasks if you do not mind waiting a second or so for a screen refresh. Thus far although two systems have been shown in the pictures of this article, IPMIview has been used to manage only one system.

To be fair, the web interface is a lot nicer than the Java client, especially since it allows you to resize the window and the UI elements will scale accordingly. Since this is OS independent running off of the baseboard management controller, one can see temperatures of a system that is otherwise locked up.


One item of note here is that the credentialing is the same as the web GUI. This lets a user tab between different servers much like one tabs through different browser windows. Sensor Readings When troubleshooting a machine that is experiencing random lockups, I commonly look to cooling and CPU temperatures as potential culprits.


I have used this feature on one occasion to identify that a server 45 miles away had a heatsink that was not properly seated two plastic clips on the stock Xeon fan popped out.