Intelligent Platform Management Interface



  • bmc/ipmi seems to prefer to be on primary network interface, using a DIFFERENT ip from the actual network


ipmitool commands

Configuring IPMI

Set network to dhcp

ipmitool lan set 1 ipsrc dhcp

Set network to static

ipmitool lan set 1 ipsrc static 

Managing users

List users

ipmitool user list 1

Change password

2 is usually ADMIN

ipmitool user set password 2


Reading status

( also see http://sources.redhat.com/cluster/wiki/IPMI_FencingConfig)

Simple status check

ipmitool -I lanplus -H <IPADDR> -U root -P changeme chassis status

Get some hints about commands

ipmitool -I open help


List all sensors

ipmitool -I lanplus -H <IPADDR> -U root -P changeme sdr elist full


 ipmitool -I lanplus -H <IPADDR> -U root -P changeme sensor

Check ipmi network settings

ipmitool -I open lan print 1

Check lan/network configuration

ipmitool -I open lan print

Serial console over LAN

ipmitool -U root -I lanplus -H sol activate

Boot a remote box

ipmitool -U root -I lanplus -H chassis power on


Sensor information

ipmitool -I open sensor

PSU status

ipmitool -I open sdr type "Power Supply" Status


Shut down a remote box

ipmitool -U root -I lanplus -H chassis power off
ipmittool -U root -H -E shell

On freeBsd

kldload ipmi



ipmitool user list

Get User Access command failed (channel 14, user 1): Invalid data field in request.

Unable to send IPMI presence ping packet

yeah, could be anything again

IPMI LAN send command failed

Unable to send IPMI presence ping packet

Change ip address

ipmitool lan print 1
ipmitool lan set 1 ipaddr x.x.x.x
ipmitool lan set 1 defgw ipaddr x.x.x.x

IPMI command failed: Request data field length limit exceeded

If you're trying to set a password, try a more complex password.

ipmitool -v Get Auth Capabilities error

could be firmware/version issue

Error: Unable to establish IPMI v2 / RMCP+ session

Try -I lan instead of -I lanplus

Info: SOL payload already active on another session

Try sol deactivate

Set Session Privilege Level to ADMINISTRATOR failed: Unknown (0x80)

You're probably trying to connect as user, so try

ipmitool -L USER ....