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IPMIUTIL
  
 
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An easy-to-use fully-featured IPMI server management utility. 
  
 
== Owner ==
 
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* Name: <User:FASAcountName | Your name>
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* Name: Andy Cress
  
 
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* Email: arcress@users.sourceforge.net
  
 
== Current status ==
 
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* Targeted release: [Releases/14 | next]
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* Targeted release: Releases/14
* Last updated: (DATE)
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* Last updated: 11 June 2010
* Percentage of completion: XX%
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* Percentage of completion: 95%
  
 
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== Detailed Description ==
 
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IPMIUTIL performs a series of common IPMI server management functions to allow administrators to perform management functions without a learning curve.  It can gather FRU inventory data, SEL firmware log, sensors, watchdog, power control, health, monitoring, and has an SOL console.  It can write sensor thresholds, FRU asset tags, and supports a full IPMI configuration save/restore.  Ease-of-use examples with IPMIUTIL:  configuring the IPMI LAN requires a single command, and a soft-reboot can be easily performed instead of a hard reboot.  This utility can use various existing IPMI drivers, or run in driverless mode, which is useful for boot media or test environments.  The decoding of IPMI events includes a severity, and any events not recognized at least return the data, rather than just ‘Unknown’.  Features compared to other IPMI packages: http://ipmiutil.sourceforge.net/docs/ipmisw-compare.htm
  
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== Benefit to Fedora ==
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This is a new project for Fedora.  Previous IPMI management features in Fedora were oriented bottom-up, providing IPMI features, but requiring previous IPMI knowledge and many commands to accomplish common tasks.  IPMIUTIL detects defaults rather than requiring them as input.  It has an existing following of users who see its benefits over other IPMI projects.
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== Scope ==
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Upstream Project: http://ipmiutil.sourceforge.net/
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List of Bugs upstream: http://sourceforge.net/tracker/?group_id=116222&func=browse
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Features compared to other IPMI packages: http://ipmiutil.sourceforge.net/docs/ipmisw-compare.htm
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Additonal automated test scripts need to be added (<=5%)
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== How To Test ==
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Hardware:
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This utility should be tested both locally and via IPMI LAN to the target.
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There should be more than one vendor's IPMI firmware tested, for example: Intel, SuperMicro, Dell, etc.  It works with both standard servers and bladed ATCA servers. 
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Software:
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It runs with or without a driver on any IPMI-compliant server.  There is an existing unit test script in the project (unittest.sh) which checks minimal functionality for each area, and a more detailed automated test script is under development (testipmi.sh).  These scripts detect PASS/FAIL and abort if errors are encountered.  The scripts can be modified if desired to add additional tests.
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To test remote IPMI LAN capability via testipmi.sh, the target server should first be prepared by installing ipmiutil and doing:
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  # ipmiutil lan -e -I <bmc_ip> -u admin -p password
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  # service ipmiutil_asy start
  
 
== User Experience ==
 
== User Experience ==
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ipmiutil  = the command-line utility to perform various IPMI management functions, see man pages for details.
  
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checksel  = a daily cron script to manage the IPMI SEL, copying records to syslog, and clearing it if full.
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ipmi_port = a service to bind RMCP port 623 to prevent portmap from using it
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ipmiutil_asy = a service to listen for async bridge requests, like soft-reboot
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ipmiutil_wdt = a service to reset the IPMI watchdog every 60 seconds
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libipmiutil.a = a library built in the source tree to build custom apps
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ipmi_sample  = a sample custom app using libipmiutil.a
  
 
== Dependencies ==
 
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Does not depend on any external software packages, but will use any of several ipmi drivers, if running locally and the driver is loaded.    
  
 
== Contingency Plan ==
 
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None necessary.
  
 
== Documentation ==
 
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* UserGuide http://ipmiutil.sourceforge.net/docs/UserGuide
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* Feature comparison http://ipmiutil.sourceforge.net/docs/ipmisw-compare.htm
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* List of Bugs upstream: http://sourceforge.net/tracker/?group_id=116222&func=browse
  
 
== Release Notes ==
 
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* Adds ipmiutil package for easy-to-use management on IPMI servers. Includes default detection of various parameters, making the provisioning and IPMI LAN remote connections much easier.  Includes optional services to automate IPMI management.
  
 
== Comments and Discussion ==
 
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* See Talk:Features/ipmiutil or http://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/ipmiutil-developers
  
 
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Contents

Feature Name

IPMIUTIL

Summary

An easy-to-use fully-featured IPMI server management utility.

Owner

  • Name: Andy Cress
  • Email: arcress@users.sourceforge.net

Current status

  • Targeted release: Releases/14
  • Last updated: 11 June 2010
  • Percentage of completion: 95%


Detailed Description

IPMIUTIL performs a series of common IPMI server management functions to allow administrators to perform management functions without a learning curve. It can gather FRU inventory data, SEL firmware log, sensors, watchdog, power control, health, monitoring, and has an SOL console. It can write sensor thresholds, FRU asset tags, and supports a full IPMI configuration save/restore. Ease-of-use examples with IPMIUTIL: configuring the IPMI LAN requires a single command, and a soft-reboot can be easily performed instead of a hard reboot. This utility can use various existing IPMI drivers, or run in driverless mode, which is useful for boot media or test environments. The decoding of IPMI events includes a severity, and any events not recognized at least return the data, rather than just ‘Unknown’. Features compared to other IPMI packages: http://ipmiutil.sourceforge.net/docs/ipmisw-compare.htm

Benefit to Fedora

This is a new project for Fedora. Previous IPMI management features in Fedora were oriented bottom-up, providing IPMI features, but requiring previous IPMI knowledge and many commands to accomplish common tasks. IPMIUTIL detects defaults rather than requiring them as input. It has an existing following of users who see its benefits over other IPMI projects.

Scope

Upstream Project: http://ipmiutil.sourceforge.net/ List of Bugs upstream: http://sourceforge.net/tracker/?group_id=116222&func=browse Features compared to other IPMI packages: http://ipmiutil.sourceforge.net/docs/ipmisw-compare.htm Additonal automated test scripts need to be added (<=5%)

How To Test

Hardware: This utility should be tested both locally and via IPMI LAN to the target. There should be more than one vendor's IPMI firmware tested, for example: Intel, SuperMicro, Dell, etc. It works with both standard servers and bladed ATCA servers. Software: It runs with or without a driver on any IPMI-compliant server. There is an existing unit test script in the project (unittest.sh) which checks minimal functionality for each area, and a more detailed automated test script is under development (testipmi.sh). These scripts detect PASS/FAIL and abort if errors are encountered. The scripts can be modified if desired to add additional tests. To test remote IPMI LAN capability via testipmi.sh, the target server should first be prepared by installing ipmiutil and doing:

 # ipmiutil lan -e -I <bmc_ip> -u admin -p password
 # service ipmiutil_asy start

User Experience

ipmiutil = the command-line utility to perform various IPMI management functions, see man pages for details.

checksel = a daily cron script to manage the IPMI SEL, copying records to syslog, and clearing it if full.

ipmi_port = a service to bind RMCP port 623 to prevent portmap from using it

ipmiutil_asy = a service to listen for async bridge requests, like soft-reboot

ipmiutil_wdt = a service to reset the IPMI watchdog every 60 seconds

libipmiutil.a = a library built in the source tree to build custom apps

ipmi_sample = a sample custom app using libipmiutil.a

Dependencies

Does not depend on any external software packages, but will use any of several ipmi drivers, if running locally and the driver is loaded.

Contingency Plan

None necessary.

Documentation

Release Notes

  • Adds ipmiutil package for easy-to-use management on IPMI servers. Includes default detection of various parameters, making the provisioning and IPMI LAN remote connections much easier. Includes optional services to automate IPMI management.

Comments and Discussion