ASRock Rack EPC621D4I-2M Remote Management
The ASRock Rack EPC621D4I-2M uses an Aspeed AST2500 chip to provide IPMI functions over HTML5 interface.
Default login information is as follows:
- Username: admin
- Password: admin
After logging in, we see system information and IPMI options along the left side.
We will continue on with IPMI screens.
Here one can see that ASRock is using a MegaRAC SP-X package that is the company’s newer offering. We like this new firmware as it offers a few new features including a HTML5 iKVM capability as well as a more mobile-friendly UI.
ASRock Rack provides iKVM functionality for remote management with their motherboards while competitors like Dell EMC, HPE, and Lenovo charge for this feature. Remove iKVM is one of the number one most useful troubleshooting tools and is a high-value inclusion here.
ASRock Rack EPC621D4I-2M Motherboard BIOS
The ASRock Rack Remote management solution provides the remote administrator with the information they need to manage servers far away from the home office. From the Remote Control Tab, one can launch KVM and directly control the server, including the BIOS. The ASRock EPC621D4I-2M uses a standard AMI (Aptio) BIOS.
As we scan through a few BIOS screens, this is a very standard interface for this class of product. Here are a few sample screenshots:
For those that are accustomed to using this type of server, the BIOS here will seem extremely familiar. The ability to remotely flip settings and diagnose issues at this level, as a feature included with the platform instead of as an add-on, is a great feature.
Next, let’s take a quick look at the ASRock Rack EPC621D4I-2M motherboard specifications.