Monthly Archives: November 2012

Rackable IPMI reset

Rackable half size servers pack unbelievable punch per $$$. However finding resources for these servers is almost impossible.

We came across a number of these and had a very hard time cracking the IPMI. Below are the steps to reset the password of the IPMI so you can gain access via the web console.

1. Power on the server and go into the bios and setup the BMC/IPMI LAN config.
2. Plug a cat 5 cable into IPMI port.
3. Load whatever flavour of linux you like onto the server.
4. log into the server and make sure the ipmi drivers are loaded, if there aren’t then ->

modprobe ipmi_msghandler
modprobe ipmi_devintf
modprobe ipmi_si

run lsmod, and make sure the modules have loaded.

then simply run

ipmitool -I open lan set 1 password NEWPASSWORD
ipmitool -I open user set password 2 NEWPASSWORD

this should reset both of the passwords for the root user to NEWPASSWORD

open a web browser and point it to the IPMI IP address you setup in Step 1.

Log in with your new credentials!!!