Supermicro SuperServer 5015M-UR
Posted on: 02/10/2007 06:00 AM


The BIOS on the SuperServer 5015M-UR is pretty standard fare. I selected a few shots that might interest you including the Advanced Chipset Control, Advanced Processor Options, the summary page and the Boot Priority Order. There are some noteworthy options on the Advanced Processor Options page including the ability to disable multi-core processing and no execute mode memory protection. There are additional shots in our gallery if you'd like more detail on the BIOS.

Intelligent Platform Management

Once your IPMI card is configured, you'll be able to access it from a web browser. The first thing I did was set the card to only accept SSL connections and reset the admin password to something complex.

The layout of the main screen is pretty well done. All of your specific sections are broken down by buttons on the left and the main window also includes a "Remote Console Preview" and the ability to either power on, power down or reset your server.

When you go to the Remote Control section and select "KVM Console", a separate window will load and the console will be displayed. The core requirement here is Java. In my opinion the performance is more than acceptable. I connected to the machine (while powered off) from work one day last week and powered it on and navigated the BIOS, made a few changes and booted the OS. Needless to say my co-workers were impressed and probably a tad jealous.

The System Health section will let you access tons of pertinent information including the event log and the plethora of hardware sensors.

The IPMI card offers a variety of security settings including IP Access Control which can be quite helpful in limiting who will have access to your system via this medium. A lot of datacenters will put cards such as these on a separate VLAN to add an extra layer of security.

The KVM Settings page will let you tweak several settings including the quality of the remote console access. This is largely dependent on the amount of available network bandwidth.

The maintenance tab will show you device information, event log data for the IPMI card itself (not from the motherboard) and will even let you upgrade the firmware.

The final picture to the right shows you the level of granularity in the security permissions for the device. You can create users and groups for access to the IPMI card and be very refined with respect to who has access to what features of the device.

Before we turn our attention to performance, I'd like to walk you all through the BIOS on the LSI SAS RAID controller so you can get a sense of how it's laid out and what features are available on this particular controller.

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