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SIRIS, ALTO, and NAS: IPMI On SIRIS 4 And SIRIS 4X Professional

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

Environment

  • Datto SIRIS 4 Professional
  • Datto SIRIS 4 X Professional

Description

Configure IPMI

Before you can access the Datto appliance's remote management interface, you will need to configure IPMI. See the SIRIS, ALTO, and NAS: Network Settings article for more information.

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 Aptio Setup Utility by pressing F2 on boot.

1. Enter the BIOS password. You will then see the main page of the setup utility.

Figure 1: Aptio Setup Utility (click to enlarge)

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

Figure 2: IPMI Configuration screen (click to enlarge)

3. Select Manual setting IPMI LAN, and press Enter. This will give you the ability to change IP settings and toggle Static and DHCP services.

Figure 3: BMC Network Configuration (click to enlarge)

4. Datto recommends that you provide a static, reserved IP address for the management console.

Figure 4: Static IP Address (click to enlarge)

5. Click F10 to save and exit.

Login to IPMI

Now that we have an IP address defined for the dedicated IPMI, we can now connect to the IPMI web interface locally to manage your Datto appliance.

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 for IPMI.

3. When you see the login page, enter your credentials. The Username is admin. Contact Datto Technical Support for the password.

asrock_logon.jpg Figure 5: IPMI Login (click to enlarge)

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, Datto recommends that you change your password right away. Follow these steps to do so:

1. From the sidebar menu, click Settings.

asrock_dash.jpg Figure 6: Dashboard (click to enlarge)

2. Select User Management

usermgmt1.jpgFigure 7: User Management (click to enlarge)

3. Select the admin user.

adminuser.jpgFigure 8: Select admin (click to enlarge)

4. On the User Mangement Configuration page, change the password. Click Save at the bottom of the page.

usermngmt3.jpgFigure 9: Change the password (click to enlarge)

Once you've changed the administrator password, disable the anonymous user. To do so, go through the same process to modify the anonymous user and un-check the box that says Enable User Access. Click the Save button to finish the process. If there are any extra administrator accounts, disable them as well.

Launching Remote Control

The IPMI Utility allows you to launch a remote control session into the Datto appliance. To launch a session, follow these steps:

1. Click the Remote Control tab.  Click Launch KVM or Launch Java KVM. The standard KVM option requires no additional plug-ins. The Java KVM option installs an applet for an enhanced user interface but requires Java to be installed,

remoteControl.jpgFigure 10: Remote Control Menu

2. Click the Launch KVM button.

aptioSplashkvm.jpgFigure 11: Datto Splash Screen

The Remote Control screen will launch. The Menu bar along the top of the screen provides a variety of control options.  You can also access the Datto command line interface by pressing 2 on your keyboard and entering your backup-admin username and password.  For assistance with the command line interface, please contact Datto Technical Support.

Java KVM

The Launch Java KVM option works much the same as the standard KVM option but uses a Java applet to display an enhanced GUI.  This option requires Java to be installed on the computer you are connecting from.

Troubleshooting tip: the JViewer Console Window is a Java applet. If there are any issues with the following steps, start by troubleshooting your Java installation. You can also use the standard Launch KVM button as an alternative.

Here are the steps to use the Java KVM option.

1. Click the Launch Java KVM button.

You will be prompted with a few warnings about the downloaded file. Click to download and keep the file. Figure 12: Keep the jviewer file

Click the jviewer file to launch the console. You will then see the console window.

javaconsole.jpg Figure 13: JViewer Console Window (click to enlarge)

Server Power Control

Another great feature of the Setup Utility, that is available in both KVM and Java KVM, is the ability to control power options, even if the device is fully powered down. To access this feature, click the Power menu, as shown in Figure 13. aptio-java-power.jpg Figure 14: Power Control (click to enlarge)

The power control options are as follows:

  • Reset Server: reboots the server without fully powering down
  • Immediate Shutdown: forces an immediate shutdown
  • 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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