Dedicated Server IPMI Management

Prerequisites
In order to use the TLFHosting SSL-VPN to manage your dedicated server, you must:
  1. Install and configure the SSL-VPN Client
  2. Ensure a recent version of Java is installed on your workstation. For Windows and Linux clients, it is available from http://www.java.com.  Mac OS X includes Java already.

Logging into the IPMI Controller
  1. Log into your TLFHosting Customer portal at https://portal.thelinuxfix.com/clientarea.php
  2. Navigate to your server by clicking "Services -> My Services" section, then click the "View Details" button.
  3. Make note of your IPMI Login, IPMI Password, and IPMI IP address shown.
  4. Connect to the SSL-VPN using the IPMI Login and Password information.
  5. Once connected to the VPN, open a new browser window or browser tab, and type in the IPMI Address from the server details screen.
  6. You will see a Supermicro login page.   Login with the same IPMI Login and Password as before.
  7. The server's IPMI status dashboard will be shown.


The IPMI Management Dashboard
Upon first log in, your dashboard shows several helpful items. In the center of the screen, a snap shot of the current display is pictured in the center of the screen. This represents what would be shown on a directly-attached monitor, if there were one. Just beneath the display snap shot is a power status box, with quick-access buttons to power up, down, or reset the host. This is the equivalent of throwing the power switch if you were directly in front of the server. Finally, the far upper left (next to the "Refresh" and "Logout" links) shows a summary status which rolls up the general health of your server. If your server is running hot, has a fan problem, or any myriad of things that the onboard sensors detect, you will be notified by this icon's status changing.

Viewing your Server's Sensors
Your dedicated server has several onboard sensors which help you monitor its well-being. To view these sensors from the management dashboard, do the following:

  1. On the drop-down menu bar, click "Server Health" -> "Sensor Readings"
  2. The sensor table is displayed, also indicating health of the individual sensors by a color-coded block on the left. The sensors represent the following:

Sensor Name Description
System Temp Reports the ambient air temperature in the server case as reported by the sensor located on the mainboard of the system.
Peripheral Temp Provides a general report of air temperature in the vicinity the hard drives. If your server has two or more hard drives, you may notice this value being higher than "System Temp".
CPU Temp The CPU's core temperature as reported by the mainboard.
FAN "x" Reports the RPM of the system chassis fan. The TLF dedicateds have a single, large cooler blower which cools both the CPU and RAM of the system. The fan designation may vary depending on your dedicated server's exact configuration.
Vcore Current voltage measured at the CPU Core. If your CPU is being taxed, you may notice this value move slightly higher.
3.3VCC Reports the precise voltage being received from the system's power supply on the 3.3 volt feed.

Rebooting your Server
You may use the IPMI controller to gracefully shutdown or reboot your server, or even to cycle power to the chassis.
Note: If the operating system on your server is hung or crash, you may need to cycle power as the "soft" power options require OS interaction to work!

  1. On the drop-down menu bar click "Remote Control" -> "Power Control"
  2. You are presented with several power options depending on the current power state of the host. The table below describes the different options.

Power Option Description
Reset Server Attempts to shutdown the host's Operating System via ACPI and then reboot.
Power Off - Immediate Shuts off power to the chassis, without trying to shut down the operating system.
Power Off Server - Orderly Shutdown Shuts off power to the chassis and attempts to shut down the host OS first.
Power On Server Turns on power to the chassis.
Power Cycle Server Cycles power to the chassis, without any OS interaction.

Launching the KVM
Note: Due to the nature of Java applets, your browser will prompt you for several confirmations before the Java KVM applet starts.  Be sure to read the confirmations carefully.

  1. On the drop-down menu bar click "Remote Control" -> "Console Redirection".
  2. You will be brought to the KVM launch page. Click the "Launch Console" button.
  3. You will then be required to confirm on several Java dialog boxes.
  4. After a few moments, the KVM window will appear. To use the KVM, click inside the window with your mouse. You will now be typing on the console of the remote server.
  5. When you're finished using the KVM, click "Exit" on the KVM window's toolbar. The KVM will close.


Using the Remote Media feature
Note: The Supermicro management portal provides *two* separate ways to use the Remote Media function. In order to use it with media resources on your own workstation, follow the instructions below.
  1. Start by launching the Java KVM (above).
  2. Once the KVM applet loads and the window is displayed, click on "Virtual Media" -> "Virtual Storage" on the KVM's menu bar.
  3. The Virtual Storage window appears.
  4. To mount media, select the appropriate tab, and pick the appropriate media type from the "Logical Drive Type" drop down. For instance, to mount an .iso file from your computer, select "ISO File".
  5. If necessary, click the "Open Image" button to select the local file or resource on your workstation.
  6. When the above steps have been completed, click "Plug In" on the Remote Media window. This virtually "attaches" your remote media to the server.
  7. On the Server's operating system, use the media like you would any other removable USB or DVD resource.
  8. When finished, unmount or perform any operating system-level operations to discontinue using the remote media, then click "Plug Out" to detach it from the remote host.
  9. Click "OK" on the window, then "Exit" on the KVM menu bar to close the remote media & KVM Java applet.

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