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Re: KVM question - skip this technology entirely

On May 12, 2008, at 7:55 AM, Ward Vandewege wrote: 

> I wasted a royal amount of time with IPMI on a project with 96 or so 
> supermicro servers. More often than not the IPMI card was not   
> reachable when 
> it was needed. Oh - yeah, when your IPMI card is crashed, the only   
> reliable 
> way to recover it is to cut all power to the entire machine - unplug   
> the 
> cable. 

The SuperMicro IPMI cards have been getting better over the last ~12   
months.  The network configuration you mentioned in particular hasn't   
been a problem on the newer boxes while I still have some old boxes I   
never figured out to configure with an IP address. 

I still use serial console and remote controlled PDUs on all the boxes   
though, so the IPMI cards end up being an expensive way to be able to   
recover a box that's not redirecting to the serial port right (or to   
run a system that doesn't play nice with the serial port). 

  - ask 

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