My UPS started complaining about the batteries being bad, but that is to be expected since they are five years old by now.
Here are some photos for reference on how the batteries should be connected.
Using IPMI it’s possible to get some remote management features without having a DRAC card in the server. At least remote power control and serial over LAN are available.
Setting up IPMI using ipmitool:
Change ip, netmask and defgw to match your network.
ipmitool lan set 1 ipsrc static ipmitool lan set 1 ipaddr 10.1.2.3 ipmitool lan set 1 netmask 255.255.255.0 ipmitool lan set 1 defgw 10.1.2.1 ipmitool lan set 1 auth callback md5 ipmitool lan set 1 auth operator md5 ipmitool lan set 1 auth admin md5 ipmitool lan set 1 auth user md5 ipmitool lan set 1 access on ipmitool lan set 1 arp respond on # If needed configure vlan id ipmitool lan set 1 vlan id 100
ipmitool user set name 2 admin ipmitool user set password 2 SecretPassword1 ipmitool user enable 2 ipmitool user priv 2 4 1 ipmitool user priv 2 4 2 # List enabled users ipmitool user list 1 ipmitool user list 2
Enable serial over lan
ipmitool sol set privilege-level admin 1 ipmitool sol set force-encryption true 1 ipmitool sol set force-authentication true 1 ipmitool sol set non-volatile-bit-rate 57.6 1 ipmitool sol set volatile-bit-rate 57.6 1 ipmitool sol set enabled true 1 ipmitool sol payload enable 1 2
To connect to the serial over lan console use the following command:
ipmitool -I lanplus -H 10.1.2.3 -U admin -P SecretPassword1 sol activate
The serial console supports some escape sequences, which can be checked by typing ~?
Supported escape sequences: ~. - terminate connection ~^Z - suspend ipmitool ~^X - suspend ipmitool, but don't restore tty on restart ~B - send break ~? - this message ~~ - send the escape character by typing it twice (Note that escapes are only recognized immediately after newline.)
Examples of common operations
ipmitool -H 10.1.2.3 -U admin -P SecretPassword1 chassis power reset
ipmitool chassis identify
All except serial over lan should work on all servers with IPMI.
Serial over LAN requires IPMI 2.0.
I needed a fiber connection to my HP 2824 switch, but it would not allow me to use non HP SFPs.
So what did I do? I reflashed a D-Link DEM-311GT using the EEPROM data from an HP SFP using a Raspberry Pi (and an old broken switch as a breakout board for the SFP).
The EEPROM in the SFP is just an ordinary I2C EEPROM (basically the same as is used for the EDID in monitors).
There was one problem though: the DEM-311GT SFP was write protected, so I had to solder a wire to the write-protect pin to make it writeable.
Today I received the PCBs from Elecrow.
Version 2 of the cardsystem (yellow card) and the green 10x10cm card with three designs (connectioncard for cardsystem, TinySTM32 and USBSupply).
So I decided to try reflowing the ethernet phy to make sure that nothing is shorted.
After doing so the ethernet phy started replying to management commands 🙂
Altough I think that it might have shorted nRST and TX_EN together because the basic status register is always indicating jabber detection, and when i try to manually de-assert TX_EN the LAN8720A resets.
Another problem is that it will only detect a link if I set the switchport to 10Mbit.
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