C6105 - Management

Adam Nielsen adam.nielsen at uq.edu.au
Sun Feb 20 18:47:01 CST 2011

> So i see that this box does not have a DRAC it uses IPMI for
> management. I have been playing with it a bit and so far so good
> however does anyone have any expereince of getting a remote console to
> it? I'd be interested to hear how it compares to a DRAC based box.

As far as I'm aware the DRAC is essentially just a front end to IPMI to 
make it easier to use.  I think you could get much of the functionality 
without the DRAC if you're prepared to write the necessary monitoring 
scripts, and have them run on another machine.

The only major difference is that I *think* the DRAC has hooks into the 
video card, so you can use it to get a graphical console without 
installing any software.  But as you can only see this console in a 
browser by using problematic plugins, many people (at least those 
running Linux in text mode) don't seem to bother and stick with the 
standard text console you can access over SSH...which I believe works 
with IPMI's serial-over-LAN.  (Or you could just plug a serial cable in 
to the server.)  That part is handled by the console redirection option 
in the machine's BIOS.


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