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November 25, 2012

Reset Supermicro IPMI Password to Default – Physical Access – ipmicfg

Generally speaking, the default username and password for Supermicro IPMI is ADMIN / ADMIN. Since Supermicro platforms are plentiful, it is best practice to change the default, especially if you are going to colo the server. All too often, the server runs in the field fine for a year or two, then comes the need to perform some maintenance. When the time comes, it is easy to have forgotten the username and password. This just happens. In fact, I had a machine at home that had a 643 day uptime (Supermicro X8ST3-F if you were wondering) that I recently had to log into. I could not remember the password for the life of me. This guide will show you how to use ipmicfg to reset a lost [...]

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July 2, 2012

Supermicro X9DRD-7LN4F Dual Intel Xeon E5-2600 Motherboard (LGA2011)

The Supermicro X9DRD-7LN4F is yet another board from Supermicro for the dual Intel Xeon E5-2600 LGA2011 range of motherboards. Supermicro has an extensive dual LGA 2011 range at this point so a user does need to take care to select the right board for their application and chassis. Along with Tyan there is an ocean of choice now in the dual LGA 2011 category. The Supermicro X9DRD-7LN4F motherboard got my attention as it has a good cooling layout and six PCIe 3.0 x8 slots.

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June 5, 2012

Supermicro X9DA7 & X9DAi Dual Intel Xeon E5-2600 Workstation Motherboards

Supermicro is releasing a new dual LGA 2011 workstation motherboard which is very much a competitor to the ASUS Z9PE-D8 and EVGA SR-X Classified although it is clearly targeted at systems integrators who are also using a Supermicro workstation chassis. Since the EVGA SR-X Classified and ASUS Z9PE-D8 will not overclock the Intel Xeon E5-2600 series CPUs much if at all, those boards are now more comparable to the Supermicro offering. Let’s take a look at what Supermicro’s workstation lineup offers.

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May 3, 2012

Gigabyte Server Motherboard IPMI Walkthrough – Part 2

This piece is the second part of the series walking through the Gigabyte server motherboard IPMI 2.0 remote management features powered by Avocent. In the Gigabyte Server Motherboard IPMI Walkthrough – Part 1 piece, we looked at features such as the network, user authentication and other setup areas around the Avocent MergePoint solution used by Gigabyte including the GA-7PESH1 Dual Intel Xeon E5 Motherboard that was recently reviewed on STH. In this piece, we are going to look at the features around sensor monitoring as well as features such as KVM-over-IP and remotely mounting disk images. Let’s take a look.

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