Several readers each week read articles about Supermicro IPMIview and various mentions each week and want to give it a try but cannot find where to download the program. I will note, many things like KVM consoles will not work with IPMI 2.0 from other vendors, but you can see the machines using its search feature so the utility is very useful. It turns out that Supermicro’s website does not do a great job of pointing one to the newest IPMIView version so that they can download it.
Over the weekend I experienced an oddly inaccessible network share on a Windows Home Server instance running in Hyper-V using Windows Server 2008 R2. Unfortunately I was not at my desk at the time but did have 3G access and a laptop. As I am a big proponent of KVM-over-IP and remote power cycle features of many server boards, this was a great chance to demonstrate a use-case.
The ability to remotely monitor servers utilizing IPMI 2.0 is a key differentiator between server grade hardware and consumer hardware. Supermicro’s IPMIview software is an often overlooked piece of software that makes managing multiple servers remotely a simple task. While there is a simple web interface that Supermicro uses on many of its boards, the IPMI 2.0 features, including KVM-over-IP can also be accessed through a utility that Supermicro provides. For those users with multiple systems, IPMIview allows for up to twenty machines to be managed and monitored at a time from a remote PC. Best of all, with the KVM-over-IP features, remote temperature and fan speed monitoring, [...]