[Beowulf] recommendation on crash cart for a cluster room: full cluster KVM is not an option I suppose?

Skylar Thompson skylar at cs.earlham.edu
Sat Oct 3 13:00:03 EDT 2009

Rahul Nabar wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 2, 2009 at 10:13 PM, Skylar Thompson <skylar at cs.earlham.edu> wrote:
>>> THanks Joe! I've been reading about IPMI and also talking to my vendor
>>> about it. Sure, our machines also have IPMI support!
>>> Question: What's the difference between SOL and IPMI. Is one a subset
>>> of the other?
>> SOL is provided by IPMI v1.5+, so it's a part of IPMI itself.
> Last two days I was playing with ipmitool to connect to the machines.
> Is this the typical tool or do people have any other open source
> sugesstions to use.
> ipmitool seems to have a rich set of features for querying the BMC's
> etc. but I didn't see many SOL sections. Is ipmitool what people use
> to watch a redirected console as well or anything else? I couldn't
> find any good SOL howtos or tutorials on google other than the
> vendor-specific ones. ANy pointers?
> I did find this one from a fellow Beowulfer but this seems quite dated now.....
> http://buttersideup.com/docs/howto/IPMI_on_Debian.html
That's what we use. You'd do something like "ipmitool -a -H hostname -U
username -I lanplus sol activate" will do the trick.

-- Skylar Thompson (skylar at cs.earlham.edu)
-- http://www.cs.earlham.edu/~skylar/

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