IPMI User’s guide

IPMI (Intelligent Platform Management Interface) is the controller that is built into all the servers that we offer for rent.

It enables power management, remote connection (KVM), ISO mounting, server health monitoring - everything is remote and no direct access is required.

Once we prepare and issue a server for you, you’ll be able to configure it and set up the operating system.

IPMI operates independently from OS and benefits from a dedicated wired connection and IP address. Thanks to that, even if your OS is not accessible, you can still control your server remotely.

How to install an operating system using IPMI?

Remote access to IPMI is restricted by default due to security reasons. In order to access it, you need to whitelist your IP(s) in the Account settings. You can find more details in the following guide…

Connection to the IPMI server is implemented with the help of the web-interface or IPMIView Program. We will tell you how to install the operating system using both options and you will be able to choose the one that is convenient for you. We recommend the IPMIView program.

Web-interface

IPMI controller IP address, as well as access credentials, can be found in your Account or in the email, addressing initial server’s provisioning.

Just copy & paste the IP address into your browser’s address bar and use the credentials to authenticate when prompted.

In the top menu, go to Remote Control, then choose Console Redirection and then press the Launch Console button.

Console Redirection

After that, you’d need to download and then run Java app. Depending on your operating system configuration, it may require security exception approval.

The window will appear, in which you will need to choose Virtual Media and then Virtual Storage

Virtual Storage

On Device 1 tab choose the ISO file in the Logical Drive type drop-down list and path to your ISO image file (use Open image button).

Once it’s done, press Plug In button to plug your image.

After that, you need to restart your server to boot from the ISO file you mounted. Go to Power control section and click on Set Power Reset.

Plug In

Keep in mind that you can connect up to (3) images simultaneously using tabs Device 1, Device 2, and Device 3 (although it depends on a specific type of server you use).

Set Power Reset

This section can be useful for the installation of additional drivers.

Macro menu section allows sending Ctrl-Alt-Del and other special keyboard combinations.

How to use web-interface with legacyIPMI firmware versions.

IPMIView

IPMIView tool is available for download from the official SuperMicro website (sign-in required) or from the ftp-server: ftp://ftp.supermicro.com/utility/IPMIView/

After you download and install the app, you can add your server using File -> New -> System.

File -> New -> System

Add System Name (a name of your server) and IP address (IPMI address that you can find in your Account and/or in the email, addressing server’s provisioning.) Please make sure there are no spaces after the IP address. If everything looks good - press OK.

You will see your server in the list, on the left side of the window. Double-click on it and use your credentials to authorize. Credentials, as well as the IP address, can be found in your Account or in the email, addressing server’s provisioning.

If connection is successful, you’ll see Connected. On the bottom of the window, menu tabs for server’s management will appear.

Connected

To control your server remotely, go to KVM Console and press on the Launch KVM Console.

Launch KVM Console

For the OS install you’ll need to use the same steps as via web-interface (see above).

Use IPMI device tab if you need to perform power management tasks (power on, off, cycle).

IPMIView

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