With the implementation of Baseboard Management Controllers (BMC) and Intelligent Platform Management Interfaces (IPMI), we are now able to take complete control of a system's motherboard. IPMI provides remote access to multiple users from different locations. It also allows a system administrator to monitor system health and manage computer events from a remote location. IPMI works independently of the operating system as a separate micro-controller. When used in conjunction with the IPMIView, system administrators can remotely access, monitor, diagnose, and manage their Datto devices.
Siris Professional - All
Siris Enterprise - All
Node - All
DattoNAS - Models 6000 and higher
AltoXL - Models 6000 and higher
S5000 and larger
S2000 made after Oct 2012
The IPMI port is a standalone management port located on the rear of the Datto appliance, and is not part of the LAN array. It is located above the USB ports of these Datto devices:
2. Configuring IPMI
2.1. Configuring BIOS for IPMI
To configure IP and MAC addresses, enter the BIOS by pressing 'Del' on boot.
- Enter the BIOS password. You will then see the main page of the BIOS, as shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1 - BIOS main screen
- Select IPMI Configuration, and press Enter. From there, select BMC network configuration as shown in Figure 2.
Figure 2 - IPMI Configuration screen
- Select IPMI LAN Configuration, and press Enter. This will give you the ability to change IP settings and toggle Static and DHCP services.
Figure 3 - BMC Network Configuration
2.2. Accessing the Local Web Interface
- Go to a computer that is connected to the same LAN as the Datto, and open a web browser.
- In the address bar of your web browser, enter the IP address you configured earlier.
Figure 4 - IP address
- When you get the login page, enter your credentials:
- Username: admin
- Contact Tech Support for the password
Figure 5 - Supermicro Login
2.3. Changing your Password
- From the top drop-down menu, hover over Configuration, and select Users.
Figure 6 - Configuration Menu
- Select ADMIN, and then click Modify User.
Figure 7 - User List
- Select the Change Password check-box, and enter your new password.
Figure 8 - Modify User
- When you get a pop-up window saying Modified user successfully, click OK.
2.4. Launching Remote Console
Supermicro IPMI allows for remote viewing and control of your Datto device. To launch a remote console session, follow these steps:
- Click the System tab. This will redirect you to a preview window of your Datto device in its current state.
Figure 9 - Remote Console Preview
- Click this preview image to start a download of the remote session. Your browser may say it is an insecure file: click Keep to start the session. You can also go directly to Remote Control > Console Redirection to request a remote session.
Figure 10 - File download warning
- You will be prompted with a few warnings asking you if you want to accept the connection using the Java Runtime Environment. Click Yes to both prompts.
- You should now see the Remote Console showing the device's login prompts.
2.5. Server Power Control
Another great feature of the BMC is the ability to control power options, even if the device is fully powered down. To access this feature, simply click the Remote Control button in the top banner as shown below:
Figure 11 - Power Control and Status
The power control options are as follows:
- Reset Server: reboots the server without fully powering down.
- Power Off Server - Immediate: forces an immediate shutdown.
- Power Off Server - Orderly Shutdown: shuts down the server gracefully.
- Power On Server: powers on the server.
- Power Cycle Server: powers down the server completely and then powers it back on.