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SIRIS, ALTO, and NAS: IPMI On SIRIS 4 and 4X Enterprise

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This article explains how to configure, access, and use the BIOS Setup Utility to access a SIRIS 4 and 4X Enterprise through IPMI. For SIRIS 3 series see IPMI on SIRIS 3 Business and SIRIS 3 Enterprise.

Environment 

  • Datto SIRIS 4 Enterprise
  • Datto SIRIS 4X Enterprise

Description

The IPMI 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:

Configuring IPMI

Before you can access your device's management interface, you must configure IPMI networking and administrator passwords through the SIRIS GUI. See the Network Configuration User Interface article for details.

If you are unable to configure IPMI via the GUI, you can perform the following steps.

Set Up the IP Address

To configure IP and MAC addresses, enter the BIOS Setup Utility by pressing F2 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 setup utility.

2. Select Server Mgmt, and press Enter. From there, select BMC Network Configuration.

3. Select Configuration Address source, and press Enter. In this screen, you can change IP settings and toggle Static and DHCP services.

Figure 1: BMC Network Configuration (click to enlarge)

4. Provide a static, reserved IP address for the management console.

Figure 2: Static IP Address (click to enlarge)

5. Click F10 to save and exit.

Login to IPMI

Now that you have an IP address defined for the dedicated IPMI port, you can now connect to your appliance to manage it. See Partner Portal: Accessing Remote IPMI on SIRIS 3 and SIRIS 4 Devices to learn how to connect to your appliance remotely. If you prefer to access the appliance via your LAN, follow the steps below.

1. Go to a computer that is connected to the same LAN as the Datto device, and open a web browser.

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

3. When you see the login page, enter your credentials:

  • Username: ADMIN
  • Contact Tech Support for the password

gigabytehome.jpgFigure 3: IPMI Login (click to enlarge)

4. 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.

Change User Password

For security reasons, change your password right away. Follow these steps to do so:

1. From the left-hand menu, click Configuration, and select Users.

Figure 4: Users Menu (click to enlarge)

2. Select the admin user by clicking the UserID value.

3. Select Change Password and enter your new password. Then, click Apply Changes.


Figure 5: Modify User (click to enlarge)

4. When you see the message, "Modified user successfully," click OK.

5. Once you've changed the administrator password, disable any other administrator accounts. To do so, go through the same process to modify the anonymous user, and un-check the box that says Enable User. Click the Apply Changes button to finish the process.

Launching Remote Console

IPMI allows you to launch a remote console session into the Datto appliance. This feature can be accessed via HTML5 or Java. HTML5 is the default setting and requires no additional software.

To launch a session via HTML5, follow these steps:

1. Click the Launch button in the vKVM & vMedia category. You will see a preview screen.

gigabyteKvmViewer.jpg Figure 6: Remote Control Menu (click to enlarge)

2. Click the Launch HTML5 vKVM Viewer button.gigabyteKvmlaunch.jpg

Figure 7: Launch HTML5 vKVM Viewer (click to enlarge)

The remote console screen will appear.

html5Screen.jpgFigure 8: Datto remote console (click to enlarge)

Control options are located along the bottom of the page.  You can log on to the command line interface by pressing 2 on your keyboard and entering your backup-admin password. Datto recommends that only advanced trained personnel use the command line interface. Contact Datto Technical Support for assistance.

To access the remote console via the Java option, the steps are the same, but you must have Java installed on your workstation.  You can change the default to JAVA under vKVM & vMedia Configuration.

gigabytepreference.jpgFigure 9: Virtual KVM Viewer Configuration (click to enlarge)

1. When using the Java option, a remote control applet will download. Click Keep (or Save) to download and keep the file.

Figure 10: Keep the file (click to enlarge)

2. Click the viewer.jnlp file to launch the console.

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