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Dell EMC Systems Management Tools And Documentation Installation Guide Version 9.3

IPMI Tools

Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) tool is a utility for managing and configuring devices that support the Intelligent Platform Management Interface. IPMI is an open standard for monitoring, logging, recovery, inventory, and control of hardware that is implemented independent of the main CPU, BIOS, and operating system. The IPMI tool program provides a simple command-line interface to this BMC. It features the ability to read the sensor data repository (SDR) and print sensor values, display the contents of the System Event Log (SEL), print Field Replaceable Unit (FRU) inventory information, read and set LAN configuration parameters, and perform remote chassis power control.

This program lets you manage IPMI functions of either the local system, by using a kernel device driver, or a remote system, using IPMI V1.5 and IPMI v2.0.

IPMI management of a local system interface requires a compatible IPMI kernel driver to be installed and configured. On Linux, the driver is called Open IPMI and it is included in standard distributions. On Solaris, the driver is called BMC and is included in Solaris 10. On Windows, it communicates through WMI driver. Management of a remote station requires the IPMI-over-LAN interface to be enabled and configured. Depending on the particular requirements of each system it may be possible to enable the LAN interface using IPMI tool over the system interface.

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