Intel VPro/AMT? IPMI?

Mar 1, 2008

I'm in the market for a new server for colocation, and to save myself some of the headaches I've had with my current one, I'd like it to have a good remote management system, specifically one that operates independently of the operating system, or ideally one that can be accessed even if the machine is powered off. What exactly should I be looking for? I've read a lot about IPMI and Intel vPro and AMT, and I'm not quite clear on how they all fit together.

At the very least, I need something that will let me power-cycle the machine and remotely access its serial console. All the hardware environment monitoring things in IPMI sound useful, but not essential for my purposes. Anyway, it sounds like vPro is part of many (or all?) current Core 2 processors, or am I mistaken? I'm looking mainly at machines with Core 2 Duo or Quad, so can I expect they'd have that built-in, or would I need to specifically request it or look for some particular chipset or CPU?

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Intel VPro/AMT - Management Tool - Remote Installation Of Windows / Linux

May 21, 2008

good remote management solution.

As the Intel vPro chip set looks very nice and has all this, what we need (remote power management, hardware analysis/informations, kvm, etc) we bought one main board with that chip set.

We had now the problem to find a software which has a good support for the Intel vPro chip set. We found and tried:

Intel AMT Developer Kit
Microsoft System Configuration Manager 2007
SyAM Software

The onliest software, which was install able and connect able at the moment, was the Intel AMT Developer Kit. Software like LANDesk and MS SysConfigMgr needs Windows Server Versions with and without Windows Domain. We succeeded (after fixing the requirements of each software) to install everything, but no software is able to connect to the vPro chip. Only the Intel AMT Developer Kit does.

The Intel AMT Developer Kit looks on the first look enough anf powerful. We can power on, off, reset, we see hardware informations, we can enter also the bios over remote console. But as soon as we want to start remotely a cd, for example simple memtest86 image, it doesn't gives any display.

Does someone of you has good experience in this system?

Has someone some suggestions, what software else is existing?

We want to manage linux/unix based and windows as well.

With manage we mean, to install and to maintain.

If here is some company, which can help us, also if it costs some money, we would be glad to get in touch.

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I am using motherboard PDSMI+.

Ok, so this is what I did:

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2. I then install OpenIPMI-tools

I was able to successfully issue the command locally:
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When I create a user I specify the user has no access to change the network (IP) info.

But say the user has windows server, are they able to change the IP from there using IPMICFG.EXE?

This will determine how I create my VLANs.

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I have tried contacting Tyan about this, but after a few messages they stopped responding to my questions. I think they are convinced it is working with me....

The setup is;
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Settings IPMI card:
box:~# ./uh8l -d
BMC Utility on Linux For M3291 version 0.9.1
Copyright 2003-2006 TYAN Computer Corp.
IPMI Ver: 2.0 Firmware Rev: 0.11 Vendor ID: 6653 Pdt ID: 5161
DHCP Disable
BMC IP Address:
MAC Address: 00:E0:81:42:4C:51
Net Mask:
Gate Way:
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This server has on the IPMI shared port the address ...
When I try to ping the IPMI board from the server itself or from a different server I get an incomplete address in the ARP table;
? ( at <incomplete> on eth2

(Also after pinging it for 1 minute...)

If I use the IPMI utilities I am unable to contact the board and do anything with the server....
I tried several settings of the IPMI board, including DHCP / ARP on and off...

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