[Beowulf] Anyone having IPMI problems on Intel S3200 series motherboards?

Greg Lindahl lindahl at pbm.com
Wed Apr 15 13:59:47 PDT 2009

On Wed, Apr 15, 2009 at 04:51:57PM -0400, Perry E. Metzger wrote:

> Unfortunately, every once in a while, the IPMI BMCs on my test systems
> simply stop talking to the network. This isn't overly tragic since I can
> have a process go over to such a board when it detects that pings have
> stopped working and use a local IPMI command to cold rest the BMC, but
> it is still really Not The Right Thing.

Hey, you're lucky that you have a way to reset the BMC without power
cycling the box. It is not unusual for IPMI implementations to be much

> Also, I suspect every once in a
> great while I'll get a simultaneous OS and IPMI BMC failure and shoe
> leather will be needed to reset the box, which I don't like.

Belt and suspenders -- that's what remote-controlled power strips are
for. It doesn't sound like you'd see a double-failure very often.

-- greg

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