That’s New – IPMI and iLO in the vSphere Client

by bunchc on August 4, 2009

While playing in the “Lab” today I found a section in the vSphere client, under “Configuration” called “IPMI/iLO Settings”:

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Being an inquisitive fool, I clicked it and then properties:

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It seems this will let you get/set the IPMI or iLO settings for the server. Unfortunately my home lab does not support either.

  • bobsta

    Those settings are for DPM (Distributed Power Management) control in vSphere. When servers need to be “woken up” after being powered off because of a DPM event, it's preferable to use IPMI or iLO rather than Wake On LAN, which can be troublesome

  • http://professionalvmware.com professionalvmware

    Yup! And slick it is. Thanks for the insight.

  • http://wjpatton.com/ wpatton

    We have tested this extensively with HP c-Class 7000 Enclosures with HP 465 and 685 blades. It works exactly as promised. The settings for DPM with just a simple slider are a little rudimentary.

  • http://www.simonlong.co.uk Simon Long

    You can both IPMI or ILO for DPM as a wake-up protocol:
    http://www.vmware.com/pdf/vsphere4/r40/vsp_40_r

    Simon

  • http://www.demitasse.co.nz/ Alastair

    These settings are used with Distributed Power Management (DPM) to provide reliable ESX server power-on from standby.
    In vCentre 2.5 ESX servers in standby were woken up with Wkake on LAN (WOL) packets, very unreliable.
    With vCentre 4 the server's management processor does the task, WOL is still present as a last resort.

  • http://www.demitasse.co.nz/ Alastair

    Like Simon I didn't see the other comments until after I posted.

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    Great article! Thanks for give material about “IPMI and iLO”. Thanx alot for sharing this

  • Thomas00

    this article is ok

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