Knowledgebase:
How To Access Supermicro IPMI/KVM Management And Overview
Posted by Daniel Naval on 11 May 2019 06:16 PM

This guide will show you how to access your IPMI/KVM Manager for your dedicated server.

Assuming you have a dedicated server from HOST4U and already have connection to UKHost4u VPN. Using the credentials given by the hosting company, you may login to your KVM Manager.

Here’s the information you’ll need before starting:

  • KVM IP Address: XX.XX.XX.XX
  • Username: Your KVM Username
  • Password: Your KVM Password.

Connecting to the KVM

First, you need to connect to UKHost4u VPN (Guide to connect to UKHost4u VPN) and access your KVM IP address from your browser.

 

Once logged in, the window should be showing the Supermicro System Information as shown below.

 

 

On top the right corner of the page you will see the system status, an option to refresh the page, the logout and an option to change the language.

Interface Overview:

On top of the IPMI Main screen displays the following menus:

1. System or the System Information
2. Server Health
3. Configuration
4. Remote Control
5. Virtual Media
6. Maintenance
7. Miscellaneous

 

System

System Summary

This page shows you the system’s firmware version and build, IP address and the system’s MAC address.

 

FRU Reading (Field Replaceable Unit)

This page will show you the FRU information including the status and readings.

 

 

Remote Console Preview

This part will show you the console preview of Supermicro system. Below the preview shows you the status of the host with options to Power ON, Power Down and Reset the system.

 

 

Server Health

Sensor Reading

This page shows you all the server’s sensor information with the readings and status. Below are the list of sensors that are included.

Server Health Sensors:

1. Temperature Sensors
2. Voltage Sensors
3. Fan Sensors
4. Physical Security
5. Power Supply

Within this page you also have the buttons to refresh the display, display the thresholds of every sensor and the intrusion reset.

If you’ll notice, there is a color before the sensor name. The colors will indicate the sensor status.

1. Green – Normal
2. Red – Critical
3. No color – No sensor reading

 

 

Event Log

This page will show you the records of the critical system monitoring events. It indicates the time when the critical event has occurred and when it has been resolved.

 

 

From the drop-down menu, you may select an event category to display.

Event Categories:

1. Sensor-specific Events – logs that are generated by the BMC when a sensor reaches threshold.
2. BIOS Generated Events – logs that are generated by the BIOS and logged to the BMC.
3. System Management Software Events – logs that are generated by the OS, application software, etc., and was logged to the BMC.
4. All Events – this category will show you all the event logs from the above categories.

On the bottom part of the page you will see the button for “Clear Event Log” which you can use if you wish to clear all the logs displayed above.

Power Consumption

This page will show you the Maximum, Minimum and Average power consumption in the last hour, last day and last week.

Displayed on the screen are:

1. Estimate remaining BBP run time – shows the Battery Backup Power run time. If there’s no battery in the system, it will show “0 sec”.
2. The highest and lowest peak – shows the highest and lowest peak of the power consumption.
3. Power consumption and graph history – shows the Average, Minimum and Maximum power consumption in the Last Hour, Past 24 Hour and Past 7 days with the time and date recorded.

 

 

Configuration

Within this section, the user’s will be able to configure the following settings listed below:

  • Alerts: add, edit or remove alert destinations
  • Date and Time: configure Date and Time Settings
  • LDAP: configure access authentication settings for LDAP server
  • Active Directory: configure access authentication settings for Active Directory server
  • RADIUS: configure access authentication settings for RADIUS server
  • Mouse mode: configure the mouse mode for remote console
  • Network: configure network settings
  • Dynamic DNS: configure dynamic update properties for Dynamic DNS
  • Remote Session: configure Remote session settings for virtual media
  • SMTP: configure SMTP email server
  • SSL Certificate: display or upload SSL Certificate
  • Users: add, edit, or remove users
  • Port: configure the port numbers of the services
  • IP Access Control: add, edit or remove IP access rules
  • Fan Mode: configure the fan mode

 

 

Alerts

On this page, you will be able to configure all the alert destination settings. You may select an entry for you to modify and configure a setting of an alert, Send Test Alert and Delete and existing one. From the bottom part of the page, there are buttons for Modify, Send Test Alert and Delete.

 

 

Date and Time

On this page, you may configure the date and time for the host server and the client computer. You can either manually set the date and time or use the NTP Server.

Note: Time zone is automatically enabled when NTP is used. The options are UTC -12:00 HR — +12:00 HR

 

 

LDAP (Light-Weight Directory Access Protocol)

This feature will allow you to configure the LDAP settings. On this page, you may enable the “LDAP Authentication” and “LDAP authentication over SSL”. This requires the information below:

1. Port number for the LDAP server
2. IP address for the LDAP server
3. Bind Password for the LDAP
4. Bind DN – user or the LDAP server that is permitted to do search in the LDAP directory within a defined search base.
5. Searchbase – the directory that allows the external user to search data.

 

 

Active Directory

This page will show you the list of the role groups and their Group IDs, Group Names, Domains and Network Privilege settings. You may Add, Modify and Delete a Role Group from here.

 

 

RADIUS (Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service)

This feature will allow you to configure the Radius Option setting. This will require the information below:

1. Port number of RADIUS Server
2. IP Address of the RADIUS Server
3. Secret or the password to access the RADIUS Server

 

 

Mouse Mode

On this page, you will be able to configure the Mouse Mode settings. There are 3 settings of Mouse Mode.

1. Set Mode to Absolute (Windows, Ubuntu, RH6.x later) – this is the default setting
2. Set Mode to Relative (Rest of the Linux)
3. Single Mouse Mode

Note: IPMI is an OS-independent platform. IKVM support is an added feature for IPMI. For your mouse to function properly, please configure the Mouse Mode settings above according to the type of OS used in your machine.

 

 

Network

On this page, you will be able to configure the Network settings for your system. It will show you the below information:

1. MAC Address of your system
2. Hostname
3. IPv4 Setting – with IP address, Subnet Mask, Gateway, DNS fields
4. IPV6 Setting – enter an address in the field. Enter a DNS Server IP and DUID (unit ID) in the boxes.
5. VLAN – check to enable Virtual LAN support and enter the VLAN ID.
6. LAN Interface – allows the user to select the port to be used for IPMI out-of-band communication.
7. RMCP Port – allows the user to select the desired RMCP (Remote Management Control Protocol) port. Default port is 623.
8. Network Link Status

 

 

Note: For KVMs configured by UKHOST4U, DO NOT CHANGE THE NETWORK SETTINGS. Contact the support if you require any assistance.

 

Dynamic DNS

On this page allows you to configure the Dynamic DNS or Dynamic Name System. You will be able to enable and disable the Dynamic DNS Support. This page shows the below informations:

1. Dynamic DNS Sever IP
2. BMC Hostname (Baseboard Management Controller)
3. Option to enable TSIG Authentication
4. Option to upload TSIG .key file (optional)
5. Option to upload TSIG .private file (optional)

 

 

Remote Session

This page will allow you to configure the Virtual Media Attach Mode during a remote session.

1. Auto Attach
2. Attach
3. Detach

 

 

SMTP

On this page, the users will be able to configure the SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) settings for email transmission through the network. Configuration requires the following information below:

1. SMTP SSL Auth – enable this for SMTP Authentication support
2. SMTP Server – the IP Address of the SMTP Mail Server
3. SMTP Port Number – the port number of the SMTP Mail Server
4. SMTP Username – optional
5. SMTP Password – optional
6. Sender’s Address – optional

 

 

SSL Certification

This page shows the default SSL certificate and private keys and also allows the user to upload a new SSL certificate.

 

 

 

This page displays the information for the current users which includes User ID, Username and Network Privileges. It will also allow you to Add user, Modify current user information, and Delete an existing user.

 

 

Port

On this page, users will be able to configure the port settings. You may check the box to enable and uncheck to disable. Ports that can be configured are:

1. Web port – which is port 80 for HTTP
2. Web SSL port – which is port 443 for HTTPS
3. IKVM Server Port
4. Virtual Media / IPMI Command Port
5. SSH Port – which is the SSH or Secure Shell port number (port 22)
6. Wsman Port – which is WS-Management Port number

 

 

IP Access Control

This page will display an IP Access Control table with the IP Address/Mask setting and IP Access Policy. Enabling this option will allow users to Add, Modify, and delete an IP Access Rule. The table displays the Rule ID, IP Address/Mask and Policy.

 

 

Fan Mode

On this page, you will be able to see the different Fan Mode settings which you may configure. The Fan Mode options are as below:

1. Set Fan to Standard Speed
2. Set Fan to Full Speed
3. Set Fan to Optimal Speed
4. Set Fan to Heavy I/O

 

 

Remote Control

On this section, the user will be able to manage the remote server via remote access. This page will show you the follow options:

1. Console Redirection: Launch the redirection console via Java viewers.
2. Server Power Control: See the server power state and perform power control functions.
3. Launch SOL (Serial Over LAN): Launch the SOL console.

Console Redirection

This feature will allow the user to launch console redirection via IKVM with keyboard, video/monitor, and mouse support. For this to work, you need to have a Java installed on your system as this will be launching the Java Viewer.

 

 

Power Control

This page allows users to check the power state and manage the system. On this page, you will have the options to:

1. Reset Server
2. Power Off Server – Immediate
3. Power Off Server – Orderly Shutdown
4. Power On Server
5. Power Cycle Server

 

 

Launch SOL

From this page, users will be able to launch the remote console by using SOL or the Serial Over LAN. This feature provides access to the serial port connections over LAN to allow users to access a host server via console redirection. This will also allow the System Administrator to manage and monitor a server from a remote site. This will also require the Java installed on the system to launch the Java Viewer.

 

 

Virtual Media

On this section, the users will be able to upload or share images via the BMC. These images will be emulated to the host server as USB applications.

 

 

Floppy Disk

This page will allow users to configure the Floppy Disk image files for sharing. Users may upload a binary image with a maximum size of 1.44MB.

 

 

CD-ROM Image

This page will allow users to configure the CD-ROM image. Users may share a CD-ROM image over Windows Share with a maximum size of 4.7GB.

 

 

Maintenance

On this section, users will be able to manage and configure the IPMI device settings. This page displays the following options:

1. Firmware Update: perform firmware update
2. Unit Reset: restart the IPMI Device
3. IKVM Reset: reset the virtual media, IKVM keyboard & mouse
4. Factory Default: reset the IPMI to factory defaults settings. IPMI connection will be reset.
5. IPMI Configuration: save or reload IPMI configuration.
6. System Event Log: You may turn on and off system event log from this option.

 

 

Firmware Update

Users may use this feature to update the IPMI firmware.

 

 

Unit Reset

This feature will let users reset the IPMI device.

 

 

IKVM Reset

This feature allows the users to reset IKVM. It will also reset the Virtual Media, as well as the IKVM keyboard and mouse.

 

 

Factory Default

This feature will allow the users to restore the IPMI to factory default settings.

 

 

IPMI Configuration

This feature allows the users to save IPMI configuration settings and restore it. From this window, you will be able to browse the configuration file and reload it.

 

 

System Event Log

This feature shows the list of the system event logs. From this same page, you will be able to check or uncheck the box to enable the system event logging.

 

 

BIOS Update

On this page, users will be able to update BIOS. The product should be activated using the product key for the system to update BIOS.

 

 

Miscellaneous

This section will show you the following options that users can perform:

1. Post Snooping: Query the post snooping code
2. SMC RAKP: SMC RAKP enable/disable
3. UID Control: You can turn on/off UID on this page.

 

 

Post Snooping

This page show the current BIOS code.

 

 

SMC RAKP

This feature will allow users to enable or disable the SMC RAKP (Remote Authenticated Key-Exchange Protocol). It also displays the RAKP current status.

 

 

UID Control

This feature shows the current UID status and the option to enable or disable.