IPMI (Intelligent Platform Management Interface) is an important tool for any server administrator. With IPMI, you can access the server as if you were physically sitting in front of it with full KVM (Keyboard Video Mouse) access. This is extremely useful in the event of a network misconfiguration, a need to access the system's BIOS, or to (re)install your own operating system. In this article, we will be going over how what IPMI is and how it can be accessed.
Note: IPMI is not available for GAM2 servers
IPMI is widely supported among many hardware vendors and is the standard for KVM access to a server. IPMI can be accessed without network connectivity, without SSH connectivity, and without operating system access. It gives you access to the server's BIOS and allows you to make configuration changes and (re)install operating systems.
With IPMI, if we were to lock ourselves out of our server by making an incorrect network configuration change or disabling SSH or RDP access, we would still be able to access our server and troubleshoot our issues.
Accessing IPMI from the OVHcloud Manager
Note: Although IPMI can be accessed from macOS, there are some compatibility issues. As a result, it is recommended to use a system running either Windows or Linux.
Before we begin, please ensure that Java is installed on your system. To download and install the latest version of Java, click here.
Start by logging in to the OVHcloud Manager. From the left-hand sidebar, choose the Dedicated Server you wish to access. Then, click on the IPMI tab. Click the From a java applet (KVM) button.
kvm.jnlp file when prompted. Then, open the Java applet to see the IPMI console.
IPMI is a very useful tool, whether you need to access your server due to a misconfiguration or you simply want to install your own operating system. To learn more about how to install your own operating system using IPMI, consult our article How to Install an OS with IPMI.