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DevChannel.org: IPMI--What Is It and Why Are There No IPMI Tools for Linux?

Dec 09, 2002, 09:00 (3 Talkback[s])
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"Hey, did you know there are all these cool features on most modern server motherboards that nobody uses? Lots of interesting stuff like remote power control without any extra hardware requirements. Most of them have been around on high end server motherboards for two or three years but there are still little or no Linux/FreeBSD/Unix tools to access them even now. This article will attempt to provide a general overview of what the IPMI standard is and then talk about the current state of IPMI capable tools for Linux/FreeBSD/Unix.

"IPMI as a standard is not new. It has been around since early 1998. Industry promoters included Intel, Hewlett-Packard, NEC, and Dell. Since then various companies have become adopters in order to implement the standard in their hardware. One of it's main goals was to enable cross platform server management by standardizing common abstraction layers above hardware management interfaces. The IPMI specification defined an abstracted message-based way to interface to platform management hardware as well as agreeing on a way to describe platform management devices and the services associated with them..."

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