Arima HDAMA Rev G BIOS query RE Baseboard Management Controller (BMC)

Discussion in 'BIOS Mods' started by theevolution, Feb 25, 2010.

  1. theevolution

    theevolution MDL Novice

    Feb 25, 2010
    Has anyone any experience with this MB and BIOS?
    I purchased one recently and it has BIOS 2.13.
    The MB connects to a BMC card. Does anyone know how to configure this card (e.g. Set IP address etc.)? I was expecting something on the BIOS but nothing there.
    Has this been added to 2.17? Don't want to risk a flash unless that is the fix.
    Any help greatly appreciated.
  2. sebus

    sebus MDL Guru

    Jul 23, 2008
    Risk a flash?
    How? What do you expect could happen?

  3. theevolution

    theevolution MDL Novice

    Feb 25, 2010
    LOL. The MB is still in it's 7 day try-b4-u-buy period so I am reluctant to make any updates but if I have to in order to check out the BMC functionality then I guess I'll have to.
    Does anyone know for sure that the latest BIOS supports the BMC?
  4. liamo

    liamo MDL Novice

    Mar 16, 2010
    success with rackable systems BMC card.

    I've figured out how the little 100MB Management port works....

    You can
    1. Telnet to port 9999 and setup the management interface
    2. Telnet to port 10001 and get the serial redirection over telnet - see the console when it's booting (cool!)
    3. While you are there on port 10001, hit <ctrl><shift><6> and you'll get a prompt. hit ? and you'll get a list of things you can do with the server (e.g. p = power on / off the server!)
    3. try to unsuccessfully browse to it! (unless you upgrade as per below!)

    The 100MB (LanTronix X-Port) port is actually a self contained linux server, with it's own flash and boot firmware. It runs the telnet and WWW services. It seems that rackable dont ship it with any web based files on it. However you can upgrade the LanTronix X-Port firmware and web files using the generic files from

    They have a 'deviceinstaller' utility which will find the card if IP has been obtained from DHCP, it will also do the upgrades etc. for you.

    Overview and documentation are located here for the LanTronix X-Port

    I upgraded to the latest firmware from the release candidate using the Device Installer, and although it said that every step had failed, it worked perfectly (gulp!). I then used it again to upgrade (install) the web-based management files. Note these files are only used for setting up and managing the X-Port, not the roamer card.

    Now, the rackable systems management card was a pain in the ar se to figure out. I finally came across the following buried away in an ftp server on the sgi website (rackable now own sgi).

    Right, finally the location for any drivers for the motherboard (nic cards etc) are to be found over here... rev.G