Dell | How to enable IPMI

Remote power!


IPMI or “Intelligent Platform Management Interface” is a remote management mechanism in use by most server manufacturers. It’s used to interact with the physical components of a server though the abstration of the IPMI language.

1) Log into the IDRAC interface and confirm that current state of IPMI - default credentials are :

username : root
password : calvin


Select “IDRAC Settings”


In this case, it’s already enabled.

2) Enable the IPMI component from the server IDRAC.


3) Test the IPMI feature from a remote host using ipmitool.

The commands used :

ipmitool  -I lanplus -H -U root -P calvin power status
ipmitool  -I lanplus -H -U root -P calvin sensor reading "Ambient Temp" "FAN 1 RPM" "FAN 2 RPM" "FAN 3 RPM"

Other useful commands (be careful as these will shutdown/power on a server):

ipmitool  -I lanplus -H -U root -P calvin power on
ipmitool  -I lanplus -H -U root -P calvin power off

That’s it!

Laurent Dumont
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