IPMI (Intelligent Platform Management Interface) is an interface designed for server control and monitoring, which can be carried out independently of the OS installed and current state of the server.
On a hardware level IPMI is a separate BMC (Baseboard management controller) microcontroller that operates regardless of server's hardware and software configuration. Also, the device has its own network interface, which allows user to establish connection even when the server is powered off.
Main functions of IPMI
You can use the most helpful power management functions of IPMI (to power on/power off/ power cycle the server) directly in your Client Area. There are several ways to do it:
IPMI or IPMI management menu items located on the product information page (see above) allow you to enter IPMI management section (picture 3). This section provides:
Accessing IPMI and managing your server is totally secured while connection can be established only through HostZealot's private network. So, you need to set up OpenVPN connection first. Start with downloading configuration file using the corresponding link in IPMI Management section (see picture 3).
There is an information on OpenVPN configuration for Window OS in the client portal knowledgebase. Use “How Can I Access IPMI” link and follow the instructions (picture 3).
If you have Linux OS installed on you computer you should take these steps:
sudo cp /yourfolder/HostZealot-IPMI.ovpn /etc/openvpn/HostZealot-IPMI.conf
sudo service openvpn restart
Once VPN connection is established follow the “IPMI IP address” link and enter IPMI credentials (IPMI username/password — see picture 3). In some cases you may be prompted for security exception and connection set up confirmation.
There is a number of tabs on the main page of IPMI web interface, which provide you with a range of available IPMI functions (see picture 4). Here you can also find power management options same as in your Client Area (see above).
Below we’ll focus on some common actions like running Console Redirection and mounting an ISO image to install OS.
Note that you might need to install Java Runtime updates to work with Console. Choose the appropriate installation package for your OS and download it directly from Java official web site.
Take these steps to install OS:
You can use the Console to monitor OS installation process.
Console interface allows you to manage your system by simply typing commands and also has some additional server administration tools.
To launch Console Redirection go to Remote Control menu, select Console Redirection and press Launch Console button. If you get a security warning like shown on the picture 7 select Keep and open the downloaded file to start Java application.
After some more confirmation requests you will see a Console window open. If the OS was successfully installed there will be normal system welcome screen (picture 8). Log in using credentials of the user you have created during the OS installation process.
Check out some useful tools like Virtual Keyboard, Macro at Virtual Media and Macro tabs. These might be helpful while some of the keyboard combinations are utilized by your local OS and you can’t use them for your remote server.
To close Console window press Exit at the top right corner of the window.