The KVM on my supermicro motherboard seems to have crashed or is otherwise not answering network requests on it's assigned IP address. I need to try to restart the KVM (not the server). Is this possible to do with the ipmitool utility from inside the host operating system? Or do I have to restart the entire machine?

I'd like to avoid restarting the entire machine if possible. I've used ipmitool in the past to reset the admin password on the KVM, but I can't seem to find how to restart the KVM. It only seems to have options to restart the host OS.

The host is running FreeBSD but it should be the same ipmitool as is available in Linux, so I've tagged it as both.

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Try the following ipmitool command:

ipmitool mc reset cold

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