So I purchased a couple of Supermicro servers with IPMI built in. They’re wonderful little IP-KVMs that allow you to access the machines via IP and also offer the ability to mount local media (CD-ROM, ISO, etc) and install an OS or software patch over the network from your local desktop.
The only problem is, I purchased these from eBay and as you know, nothing is ever perfect on eBay when it comes to computer gear. The IPMI interfaces were admin locked. In other words, I had no idea what the username / password combination was!
The kicker is you can’t change the IPMI passwords in BIOs, much less reset them! If you’re like me, you’re not going to want to install an OS, then the IPMI tools just to reset the password! It’s annoying.
So, rather than have you experience the pain I experienced, I whipped up a USB Flash Image that you can boot into and it will automatically reset the IPMI to the default username / password combination.
The image is a 512 MB USB stick, but you can use any flash drive larger than that.
Download the image here: CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD FLASH IMAGE
- Unzip the image zip
- Write the image to your USB drive using any USB Imaging tool. I personally like: Passmark ImageUSB
- Insert into the USB port of your Supermicro Computer and make sure the boot device is set to USB first in BIOs.
- The Computer will boot up, reset the IPMI password, wait 2 minutes for the IPMI to actually finish resetting the passwords and accounts, list the accounts available (which should only be ADMIN) and you’re good to go!
- No Keyboard or user interaction needed!
- The Default Username / Pass combination is now: ADMIN / ADMIN
If this helped you save some pain (and it should have, consider buying my daughter a bag of lollipops or just write a nice comment here!)