[Beowulf] Re: Any industry-standards that allow automated BIOS modifications and dumping? IPMI cannot do it, can it?
hahn at mcmaster.ca
Thu Oct 22 17:08:13 EDT 2009
> there sometime!...shouldn't this be an enterprise-level concern not
> just HPC? I mean what if you have 200 Windows machines and wanted to
> turn hyperthreading off in the BIOS.
first, you don't really depend solely on the bios for HT. next,
those 200 boxes are probably spread out, and possibly not remote-managable in
the first case. next, business IT support normally has a drone class,
whose existence is predicated on doing this sort of thing. at least
at my HPC organization, there are no drones (flatter hierarchy - not that
we're just superior ;)
I would love a documented bios setting interface, but I don't think
it's salient on the radar of the mass market.
>> bios-serial-redirection and serial-over-lan can let you do it manually.
> I know about SOL but what's the "bios-serial-redirection". Is that the
> same or a different system?
bioses can have a setting which enables interaction with the bios (at post
time) through a serial port. that serial port may also be redirected over
the lan. these are semi-independent features (the first mainly concerns
the bios; the latter mainly the bmc that implements ipmi.)
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