[CentOS] how do I manage a Dell PE 860 server via IPMI?

Rudi Ahlers Rudi at SoftDux.com
Sat Jun 21 06:18:14 UTC 2008

Les Mikesell wrote:
> Rudi Ahlers wrote:
>> Hi all
>> I'm trying to get to grips with this one, but just can't figure it 
>> out. I recently acquired some 2nd hand Dell Poweredge 860 servers, 
>> and noticed that they have built in remote management interfaces. So, 
>> I have setup one, and assigned an IP address to it, but have no idea 
>> on how to access it remotely. Google'ing for an answer didn't bring 
>> me more than general product information about various different IPMI 
>> stuff.
>> So, how do I actually access these servers remotely? If possible, I'd 
>> like todo it via another CentOS server at the DC using SSH.
> Dell's usually come with their openmange suite, so you might google 
> for that.  I think a java-enabled browser should connect and get an 
> applet that looks more or less like vnc for console access.  But you 
> only need it when installing remotely or if something is wrong so you 
> can't ssh to the main interface.
> Dell usually has all their documentation and updates online. If this 
> doesn't help you can probably find the full manual.
>  ftp://ftp.us.dell.com/sysman/readme_160_A00.txt
Thanx, that link was very helpful. I see they mention the word KVM, but 
I doubt it will give me a full "Keyboard / Video / Mouse" as a KVMoverIP 
device would, or am I wrong? I would basically like to access the server 
remotely, as with a KVMoverIP device if there's any problems with the 
OS, like a kernel update that ran into problems, or something like that. 
Is it possible with these, out of your experience, or not?

Dell's site is just too big for me to get any proper answers on this matter


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Rudi Ahlers
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