ipmitool bootdev pxe

Chance Reschke reschke at bakerlab.org
Wed Jun 6 12:20:05 CDT 2007

Thanks for the quick response and the convenient link to the DTK tools!

I appreciate what the DTK tools can do, but it's convenient to have  
access to the bootdev IPMI feature for ad hoc changes.  Here's my  
vote for enabling this feature in future revisions of Dell hardware.

And thanks for offering to talk with the firmware folks about fixing  
the response to something more informative - it'd save lots of folks  
much unnecessary flailing about trying to get it to work.



Chance Reschke
Biochemistry Department
University of Washington

On Jun 3, 2007, at 8:13 PM, Matt Domsch wrote:

> On Wed, May 30, 2007 at 10:27:17PM -0700, Chance Reschke wrote:
>> Hi,
>> I've tried the same thing with the same results.   It looks like
>> Dell's IPMI implementation is incomplete.  It claims the bootdev has
>> been changed when, in fact, nothing was done.
>>    # ipmitool -U root -P foobar -H nodename chassis bootdev pxe
>>    Set Boot Device to pxe
>> But when I reboot, the system boots from whatever boot device it was
>> set to use before issuing the ipmi command.  I've tried the <clear-
>> cmos=yes|no> variations with no effect.
>> This was on a Dell 1435 node.  Does this work on any Dell systems?
> I believe it does not work on any Dell systems to date.
>> Can Dell change the response returned from the BMC so at least the
>> response isn't so misleading?
> I'll bring it up with our BMC firmware team.
> Let me also point out the Deployment Toolkit tools, which can do a lot
> of nifty magic like this.
> ftp://ftp.dell.com/sysman/
> Files named DTK_* (version 2.3 being the latest available as of this
> note) are what you're looking for.
> Thanks,
> Matt
> -- 
> Matt Domsch
> Software Architect
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