Category Archives: dx360 M2

dx360 m2 BIOS settings

As part of SC’10 Sumavi will be installing the IBM iDataplex demo rack.  As such, I got a pair of iDataplex dx360s to install.  I fired them up and they both started running.  The cool thing about these machines is that they are much quieter than what I remember.  The BIOS updates or something must have fixed this.  So kudos to that.

The other cool thing about the iDataplex dx360 M2 is that I can just plug it into my wall and it starts booting right away.

But here’s the suckiness:

  • Booting up takes forever.  This is the same as the HP BL460c G6s I just had.  For some reason the industry has decided that longer boot up times may save time somewhere else.
  • The BIOS updates are well… not as fast.  There were a few times I was waiting.

So those are my initial impressions.  Now, the first cool thing to do is the BIOS settings:

ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/systems/support/system_x/dx360m2_dx360m3-cmos-settings-v1.2.txt

While the boot up will still be slow, with these options in place it seems to go much faster.  Since PXE booting is how you manage these things then its a pretty good setup.

IPMI Settings

On a node to set IPMI settings:
ipmitool lan set 1 ipaddr 10.10.0.101
ipmitool lan set 1 netmask 255.255.0.0
ipmitool lan set 1 arp respond on
ipmitool user set password 1 admin
ipmitool lan set 1 access on
ipmitool lan set 1 user
ipmitool lan set 1 auth ADMIN PASSWORD
ipmitool user enable 1

To access it now remotely:
ipmitool -H 10.10.0.101 -P admin chassis status

Some more stuff I had to do on another system that was a Penguin machine:

ipmitool user list 2

ipmitool user priv 2 4 2  (sets userid 2 to permission4 (which is administrator) on channel 2)