C H A P T E R  6

Using IPMI

This chapter describes the Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) functionality and lists the supported IPMI commands. It includes the following sections:

About IPMI

The Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) is an open-standard hardware management interface specification that defines a specific way for embedded management subsystems to communicate. IPMI information is exchanged through the service processor (SP), an IPMI-compliant hardware component. Using low-level hardware intelligence instead of the operating system has two main benefits: First, this configuration allows for out-of-band server management, and second, the operating system is not burdened with transporting system status data.

You can manage your server with the IPMI v.1.5/2.0 on your server or stand-alone server, which runs a daemon to do the following:

Your Sun Fire X4150 server is IPMI v2.0 compliant. You can access IPMI functionality through the command line with the IPMItool utility either in-band or out-of-band. Additionally, you can generate an IPMI-specific trap from the web interface or manage the server’s IPMI functions from any external management solution that is IPMI v1.81 or v2.0 compliant. For more information about the IPMI v2.0 specification, go to:



IPMItool is a simple command-line interface that is useful for managing IPMI-enabled devices. You can use this utility to perform IPMI functions with a kernel device driver or over a LAN interface. IPMItool enables you to manage system field-replaceable units (FRUs), monitor system health, and monitor and manage system environmentals, independent of the operating system.

Download this tool from http://ipmitool.sourceforge.net/, or locate IPMItool and its related documentation on your server Tools and Drivers CD.

When IPMItool is installed, it includes a man page. To view it, enter:

man ipmitool

If your client machine has a default installation of Solaris 10, you can find a preinstalled version of IPMItool in the following directory:/usr/sfw/bin. The binary file is called ipmitool.


Your server includes a number of IPMI-compliant sensors. Some sensors measure voltages, and temperature ranges, and others are capable of monitoring switches, such as the chassis interlocks, which detect whether the chassis cover is open or shut. For a complete list of sensors, see your platform supplement. To obtain sensor information on specific sensors, enter the following command:

ipmitool -H ipaddressof the SP -U username -P password [sensor|sdr]

The sensors can activate system fault lights, and register events in the system event log (SEL). To see the system event log from the IPMItool, at the prompt, enter the following command:

ipmitool -H ipaddress of the SP -U root -P password sel list

Depending on where IPMItool is installed from, the -P option might be missing. In such a case, do not type the -P in the previous command, and enter the password when prompted.

Supported IPMI 2.0 Commands

TABLE 6-2 lists the supported IPMI 2.0 commands.

For details on individual commands, see the IPMI Intelligent Platform Management Interface Design Specification, v2.0. A copy is available at:


TABLE 6-1 Supported IPMI 2.0 Commands




Send a RAW IPMI request and print response


Send an I2C Master Write-Read command and print response


Configure LAN channels


Get chassis status and set power state


Shortcut to chassis power commands


Send predefined events to MC


Management Controller status and global enables


Print Sensor Data Repository entries and readings


Print detailed sensor information


Print built-in FRU and scan SDR for FRU locators


Print system event log (SEL)


Configure platform event filtering (PEF)


Configure and connect IPMIv2.0 Serial-over-LAN


Configure and connect with Tyan IPMIv1.5 Serial-over-LAN


Configure IPMIv1.5 Serial-over-LAN


Configure Management Controller users


Configure Management Controller channels


Print session information


OEM commands for Sun servers


OEM commands for Kontron devices


Run a PICMG/ACTA extended cmd


Update IPMC using Kontron OEM Firmware Update Manager


Run list of commands from file


Set runtime variable for shell and exec

TABLE 6-2 Supported IPMI 2.0 Commands

Supported IPMI 2.0 Commands

General Commands

Get Device ID

Cold Reset

Get Self Test Results

Set/Get ACPI Power State

Reset/Set/Get Watchdog Timer

Set/Get BMC Global Enables

Clear/Get Message Flags

Enable Message Channel Receive

Get/Send Message

Read Event Message Buffer

Get Channel Authentication Capabilities

Get Session Challenge

Activate/Close Session

Set Session Privilege Level

Get Session Info

Set/Get Channel Access

Get Channel Info

Set/Get User Access

Set/Get User Name

Set User Password

Master Write-Read

Set/Get System Boot Options

Set/Get Event Receiver IPMI

System Interface Support



Serial Over LAN


  • Multiple Payloads
  • Enhanced Authentication
  • Encryption


PEF and Alerting Commands

Get PEF Capabilities

Arm PEF Postpone Timer

Set/Get PEF Configuration Parameters

Set/Get Last Processed Event ID

Alert Immediate

PET Acknowledge


Sensor Device Commands

Get Sensor Reading Factors

Set/Get Sensor Hysteresis

Set/Get Sensor Threshold

Set/Get Sensor Event Enable

Get Sensor Reading


FRU Device Commands

Get FRU Inventory Area Info

Read/Write FRU Data SDR Device

Get SDR Repository Info

Get SDR Repository Allocation

Reserve SDR Repository

Get/Add SDR

Clear SDR Repository

Get SDR Repository Time

Run Initialization Agent


SEL Device Commands

Get SEL Info

Get SEL Allocation Info

Reserve SEL

Get/Add SEL Entry

Clear SEL

Set/Get SEL Time


LAN Device Commands

Get LAN Configuration Parameters


Serial/Modem Device Commands

Set/Get Serial Modem Configuration

Set Serial Modem MUX

Get TAP Response Codes

Serial/Modem Connection Active


Set/Get User Callback Options


Event Commands

Get Event Count

Set/Get Event Destination

Set/Get Event Reception State

Send ICMB Event Message