Users and Administrators can remotely power on, power off, power cycle and read the current status of power strips, UPS supplies and servers using the console servers.
- Serially connected PDUs can be managed using the embedded open source Powerman and pmpower tools through Management Console GUI (refer faq 231) or the CLI
- Serially connected PDUs can also be controlled directly the command line on their serial console (refer faq 242)
- Serial, USB and network attached UPSes can be managed using the embedded open source Network UPS Tools through GUI or the CLI (refer faq 301)
- Network attached power devices with HTTP/HTTPS browser interface can be securely accessed locally and remotely (in-band and out-of-band) using SDT Connector (refer faq 262)
- Servers with embedded service processors (like Dell's DRAC) can be power controlled using the browser based management tools that are supplied with the service processor (like Dell's Open Manage) (refer faq 280 and faq 290 )
- Devices with service processors or BMCs can also be managed using the embedded IPMI tools through the CLI or through the Management Console GUI as described below.
The IPMI proxy in the console server allows Administrators and authorized Users to remotely cycle power and reboot (even when the server's operating system is unresponsive). To set up networked server for IPMI power control, an Administrator must configure the embedded IPMI device to communicate:
- In Serial & Network: Network Hosts configure the BMC or service processor (e.g. "IBM-X-RSA") as a new managed Network Host and select RPC as the Device Type
- In Serial & Network: RPC Connections select the Host you have just added (the Host Name and Description fields will be filled automatically) and specify the IPMI Power Device Type (1.5 or 2.0)
- Enter Username Password and select if logging is to be undertaken. Click Apply. (These Serial & Network: RPC Connections functions were undertaken in the Power Settings menu pre V2.6).
The Manage:Power screen enables both Administrators and authorized Users to access and control configured serial port controlled power strips, and network attached servers and appliances with embedded IPMI service processors or BMCs:
- Select Manage: Power and the particular Target power device to be controlled
- Then initiate the desired Action to be taken by selecting the appropriate icon. You will only be presented with icons for those operations that are supported by the Target you have selected