IPMI and DELL 1425s - why don't they all work??

Donald_Duncan_II@Dell.com Donald_Duncan_II at Dell.com
Mon Jul 11 01:02:05 CDT 2005

Mr. Hutton, 

Did you follow the instructions available at http://support.dell.com
available in the user guides?  Did you specifically pay attention to the
information at
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Subject: FW: IPMI and DELL 1425s - why don't they all work??


Installed a cluster of 1425s last week. Using ipmitool 1.8.x I see 4 of
the nodes - but none with 1.6.x. No problem there - just use the later

Basic setup: master in same rack as 15 nodes, the rest in a seperate
rack. A single DELL 5324 switch in each rack. Single cable from the 2nd
rack to the switch in the masters rack. The 4 nodes I could see were
spread out over both switches. A cross over cable directly from the
master to a non-working node didn't work either.

Running RHEL3 U5 ES (WS for nodes). At the start I went into the BMC
bios on each node and a) reset back to factory defaults and b) entered
the ip address of the BMC plus netmask (different to the system ip).

Spoke to a DELL management specialist and noone could think of anything
I hadn't done. The only clue was 'arp -n' had resolved ip/mac addresses
for those 4 that worked - but not  the others - 'HW address was

So, any more information that may help from anyone???

(Actually the thing I didn't try was resetting the master bios to
factory defaults - but I shouldn't have to ...)


Carpe diem ....

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