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Intel Intelligent Power Node Manager… where’s the on-off switch?

by on Jul.16, 2009, under Storage

Intel Intelligent Power Node Manager… where’s the on-off switch?

One of the recurring themes that I&aposve been noticing from end-users who are testing or evaluating Intel Intelligent Power Node Manager (or Node Manager) – the question is "How do we turn it on or off?"  To put it simply – when you have a Node Manager capable platform – you can simply put it to work and let your power policies decide when to enable/disable the features…

So let me step things back a bit and talk about the technology itself first.The platform is based on the Xeon 5500 Series Chipset (codename Tylersburg-EP) server boardXeon 5500 Series Processors (codename Nehalem EP)Node Manager Enabled Firmware with the Manageability Engine Server chassis components that meet IPMI 2.0 specifications for monitoring (e.g. thermal monitoring)PMBUS Power Supply – this communicates with the Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) for platform power usageFor those of you wanting to get your hands on this technology TODAY – check out the Intel Server linueup:Intel (codename Willowbrook) which is optimized for IPDC deployment, and supports IPMI 2.0, Intel Intelligent Power Node Manager, and can also support the Data Center Manageability Interface (DCMI) 1.0 specification.Intel (codename Urbanna) is the mainstream Enterprise platform which support IPMI 2.0 and Intel Intelligent Power Node ManagerBoth platforms work in conjunction with Intel (IntelOk – so that reads like a bunch of marketing stuff… but here&aposs the &aposguts&apos of the technology…When you purchase a Node Manager enabled server, there are a few simple steps to take to set things up to monitor/manage your server.Most likely you&aposll need to setup your BMC, Intel provides a CD based implementation to help with this in our servers – it&aposs called the Intel Deployment Assistant.The BMC needs an ip address, netmask, and default gateway setup – and according to IPMI specifications – you can also set the administrative (user) access rights if you would like to tighten down security a bit.Here&aposs a great demo video showcasing some of the Node Manager Intel DCM use cases:How many of you have done IPMI management before?

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