IPMI Configuration - Siris 2 Hardware


1. Background

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. 

These instructions do not apply to IPMI on SIRIS 3 hardware. For SIRIS 3, see  IPMI on SIRIS 3 hardware

Supported models

The following is a list of the Datto models that support IPMI:
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
S3000 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.

If this is your first time configuring IPMI, contact Datto Technical Support for your appliance's BIOS and IPMI passwords.
  1. Enter the BIOS password. You will then see the main page of the BIOS, as shown in Figure 1.

    Figure 1 - BIOS main screen

  2. Select IPMI Configuration, and press Enter. From there, select BMC network configuration as shown in Figure 2.

    Figure 2 - IPMI Configuration screen

  3. 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
We recommend that you provide a static, reserved IP address for the management console.

2.2. Accessing the Local Web Interface

Now that we have an IP address defined for the dedicated IPMI port, we can now connect to the web interface locally and manage your Datto device.
  1. Go to a computer that is connected to the same LAN as the Datto, and open a web browser.

  2. In the address bar of your web browser, enter the IP address you configured earlier.

    Figure 4 - IP address

  3. When you get the login page, enter your credentials:
    • Username: admin
    • Contact Tech Support for the password

      Figure 5 - Supermicro Login
You are now remotely logged into the Datto device's management interface. Here you can control power, monitor system health, and add virtual media such as CD, DVD ROM, floppy disk images.

2.3. Changing your Password

For security reasons, we recommend that you change your password. Follow these steps to do so:
  1. From the top drop-down menu, hover over Configuration, and select Users.

    Figure 6 - Configuration Menu

  2. Select ADMIN, and then click Modify User.

    Figure 7 - User List

  3. Select the Change Password check-box, and enter your new password.

    Figure 8 - Modify User

  4. 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:

  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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