Using BMC on my IBM Server

A while ago, I purchased a used IBM server that has been a very nice tool. Here’s the specs:
ibm x3455

I have it hooked up to a battery backup unit, which is connected with the USB cable. When the power goes out for a length of time, it powers the machine into a strange state that I cannot get it out of. The light on the front turns orange, and none of the buttons will reboot it. I have to pull the power cord and wait for it to power down. When I plug it back in, it works fine.

I found that the server does have a BMC built in that is supposed to allow for remote power control. There are several IPMI clients that I can install in Linux that should be able to control it. I was able to set the IP address for the console as well use the username and password in the BIOS of the machine.

First, I installed the IPMI Tools package.

sudo apt install freeipmi-tools

The remote console disconnects and does not allow me access.

$ipmiconsole -h -u root -p <password>
[SOL established]

[SOL session stolen]

[closing the connection]

I can get the status of the power on the machine with this command.

ipmipower -h -u root -p <password> -s

To turn it on:

ipmipower -h -u root -p <password> -n

For some reason, the power on command reports OK as if it works, but the machine doesn’t turn on. I can’t figure out what I am doing wrong.

So, I tried a different client. Here’s the output of several of the commands:

sudo apt install ipmitool
ipmitool -I lanplus -H -U root -P <password> chassis status
Error: Unable to establish IPMI v2 / RMCP+ session
ipmitool -I lan -H -U root -P <password> user list
ID  Name	     Callin  Link Auth	IPMI Msg   Channel Priv Limit
1                    true    false      false      NO ACCESS
2   root             true    true       true       ADMINISTRATOR
3                    true    false      false      NO ACCESS
4                    true    false      false      NO ACCESS
 ipmitool -I lan -H -U root -P <password> chassis status
System Power         : off
Power Overload       : false
Power Interlock      : inactive
Main Power Fault     : false
Power Control Fault  : false
Power Restore Policy : previous
Last Power Event     : 
Chassis Intrusion    : inactive
Front-Panel Lockout  : inactive
Drive Fault          : false
Cooling/Fan Fault    : false
$ ipmitool -I lan -H -U root -P <password> chassis power on
Chassis Power Control: Up/On

I found a debug parameter: -v. It didn’t give me anything helpful though

ipmitool -H -v -I lanplus -U root -P <password> chassis power on

This command gave me better output:
Running Get PICMG Properties my_addr 0x20, transit 0, target 0x20
Error response 0xc1 from Get PICMG Properities
Running Get VSO Capabilities my_addr 0x20, transit 0, target 0x20
Invalid completion code received: Invalid command
Discovered IPMB address 0x0
Chassis Power Control: Up/On

Here’s the version of what I am using:

$ ipmitool -V
ipmitool version 1.8.18

I tried to clear the event log, but that didn’t work:

ipmitool -H -v -I lanplus -U root -P <password> sel list last 3
ipmitool -H -v -I lanplus -U root -P <password> sel clear


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