I want to install an OS on a server using IPMI. How do you know the IP address to connect to using IPMI? I have the server plucked into the wall through an Ethernet cable and it should be assigned an IP address from DHCP. I will be connecting from a Mac.

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    – hookenz
    May 6, 2014 at 20:57

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Look into the IP assignments on the DHCP server to find out the assigned address.

I usually connect a KVM (Keyboard Video Mouse, often as a switch) as a first step to configure IPMI with a static address.

  • KVM = keyboard video mouse?
    – Celeritas
    May 6, 2014 at 17:31
  • I got it working now, but I've never seen a KVM with an Ethernet port before?
    – Celeritas
    May 6, 2014 at 19:03
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    he meant boot the server with the monito/keyboard attached and look in the settings and assign a static ip to it through the bios ;)
    – art3mis
    May 6, 2014 at 19:58
  • @art3mis: No, not necessarily. KVMs with KVM over IP, as often offered by IPMI/management subsystems, are also available as standalone products. These days I think it's mostly used by hosters offering very cheap non-VPS root servers where consumer grade hardware is used instead of real server stuff with management capabilities. KVMoIP or not, I use this to configure the onboard management controller if it's not alreay pre-configured by the supplier.
    – Sven
    May 6, 2014 at 21:18

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