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How do you monitor Xserve 2009 with Mountain?

6522 Views 23 Replies Latest reply: Dec 23, 2013 6:45 AM by Andreas fromTheLowFrequencies RSS
  • iToaster Level 3 Level 3 (560 points)
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    Sep 24, 2012 2:09 PM (in response to Ralph Parker)

    Brilliant it's alive !!

    Thanks very much Ralph


    incase any one else is trying IPMI light ios app doesn't work over VPN

  • iToaster Level 3 Level 3 (560 points)
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    Sep 26, 2012 2:39 PM (in response to Brian Dieckman)

    maybe there is hope, 10.7.5 update

    Fixes an issue that made Xserve (Early 2009) servers inaccessible to Server Monitor and ipmitool.


  • Some Dude Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
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    Oct 2, 2012 7:20 AM (in response to Strontium90)

    FYI guys, after much research on my Early 2009 XServe.  LOM actually DOES work under Mountain Lion, provided that you had already configured it under Snow Leopard Server (or presumably Lion).  However, once configured, you cannot make any changes to it under Mountain Lion, there is no GUI and ipmitool is not to be found.  That should be easily fixable by Apple, if they get on the horse and ride.  My experience has proven this works, but you must monitor it with Server Monitor from the old Snow Leopard Server days.  In other words, I have an old Snow Leopard Server sitting around that will not get upgraded at all, and that one is perfect for monitoring the new Mountain Lion install on the XServe.  I've got it sending automatic emails upon any 'incident' it sees, etc. etc.  But again, no way to change settings.  Keep in mind, my experience makes perfect sense actually - LOM by its nature is totally un-associated with the OS.  It runs on a totally separate little Intel processor and communicates with the Ethernet port completely independent of the OS.  This is a Good Thing (TM).  It means that whatever foolishness Apple does, you can still monitor your LOM port, even on a clean install of ML, provided that the LOM port was configured once upon a time under an earlier GUI.  I know this gets confusing a bit, but when you peel back the onion, it's not that surprising.  Lastly, I am even able to use the wonderful iPhone app that someone mentioned called IPMITouch, and can remotely shut down, restart, etc. the XServe just like you would with Server Monitor.  You see all the variables, everything, it's perfect.  So my suggestion is that even for those who cannot keep a Snow Leopard Server around to use Server Monitor to monitor their LOM port on ML, just use the iPhone app.  You won't get the email notifications (unless configured previously with Server Monitor of course), but you can see what's up and do remote soft shutdowns, restarts, etc.


    I hope this helps someone, I've been spending WAY too much time on LOM lately.  Time to move on :-)



    Some Dude

  • Ralph Parker Calculating status...
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    Oct 2, 2012 5:23 PM (in response to Some Dude)

    Hey Dude,

    Thanks for sharing your experience. That type of info is exactly what I wanted to know, but with a single SLS machine, I didn't have the luxury of trial and error with an extra ML server. Until Apple has a way to actually configure the LOM port, I am a little hesitant to make the leap to ML in case my LAN requires a major overhaul that includes local IP changes at some point.

    Thanks again.

  • Some Dude Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
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    Oct 2, 2012 5:29 PM (in response to Ralph Parker)

    Ralph, I followed up in the other thread here, but essentially, I discovered after writing that last post that in the latest Server version 2.1.1 released last week for Mountain Lion, LOM can be configured in the GUI just fine, when you're either setting up the server the first time after installing it, or you can re-visit it anytime under the "Change Hostname" option under Network of the Server utility.  Now, monitoring it still appears to be only via IPMI Touch on the iPhone/iPod touch/iPad, unless you happen to have the luxury of an older SL Server running Server Monitor.  Then it will still be monitorable that way.  Hope this helps!

  • Ed Hammond Level 1 Level 1 (95 points)
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    Jan 3, 2013 8:24 AM (in response to Some Dude)

    If you are having issues configuring it using the server app, another option is to download the admin tools for 10.6, use pacifist to install just the server monitor app.  It won't let you double click and open the app on 10.8, but if you launch the terminal, and go into the app bundle Contents/MacOS folder and type "open Server\ Monitor "  This will open the app and allow you to configure the LOM on the local machine.

  • rodrigofromplantation Calculating status...
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    Jan 28, 2013 12:46 PM (in response to Strontium90)

    This is what actually worked out for me:


    - Logged in to one of my servers running 10.6.x

    - Compressed Server

    - Copied to the XServer Running ML 10.8.2

    - Proceed to configure the LOM via Server > Configure Local Machine


    Hope this works fo you too...

  • jimmyjay Calculating status...

    Didn't work for me. It opens and I can get to the settings. But when I submit, it comes back with an unexpected error. Bummer.

  • Andreas fromTheLowFrequencies Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 23, 2013 6:45 AM (in response to jimmyjay)

    Indeed. It seems there is no solution to this problem except to resort to a bit low level CLTs.

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