USING THE IPMI
Each server comes by default with IPMI access.
IPMI access is given to our customers on a “custom access level” basis, meaning, NO administrator user is given unless the client has a specific reason for requesting it.
This avoids mistakes made by customers on configuring the IPMI, and rendering it useless without the intervention of an administrator in the Data Center.
IPMI is very useful in cases where you dont know why the server is down, this is a very important part of any system’s administrator’s daily tasks.
There are many things that can go wrong, from kernel Panic, DDoS attacks, upgrade failures, etc, all which can render a server useless.
Having IPMI access gives you the ability to work on the server as if you were sitting right in front of it.
With this being said, IPMI interfaces HAVE to stay safe. For this reason, IPMI interfaces use ONLY RFC-1918 address space, in other words, traffic that is NOT routable on the internet, at least not if yo are a serious host.
Once you are connected to the VPN server, you then can access the IPMI interface of your Dedicated Server.
Each server you have, will have its own IPMI interface and the provisioning email contains the access details for the IPMI.
In this case, we will use a test server.
1. Once connected to the VPN server, open your browser and point it o the IPMI’s URL given in the provisioning email.
You need to use your credentials.
2. Click on “Remote Control” —–> Console redirection as shown in the following image.
3. You must then accept all the warnings.
4. Once you accept all the warnings, you will be able to access the IPMI “REMOTE CONSOLE”
This will give you the server’s prompt
From here on out, you can work on the server as if you were sitting in front of it.
From here you can do anything you would normally do on your server locally, change root password, reset it, fuch iptables rules, anything at all can be done from here.