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How to reinstall OS using IPMI or PXE boot

How to reinstall OS using IPMI or PXE boot

How to reinstall OS (Linux or Windows) on Supermicro X9SCL-F server with IPMI?


In general, you have two options:  to reinstall your OS or to boot in rescue mode.

There are two ways to reinstall OS on Supermicro:

A. Install it from your ISO through Virtual Media of Supermicro IPMI.

B. Install it from our public PXE boot.


For security reasons IPMI access is only allowed from IP addresses explicitly authorized to do so by the account owner. 
Please refer to https://alnitech.com/whmcs/knowledgebase.php?action=displayarticle&id=40 on how to authorize specific IP addresses for IPMI access.


A. OS Installation from Virtual Media 

  1. Login to your IPMI (you should have IP address of IPMI and the credentials). To begin, open your favorite FireFox browser (we recommend) and go to
     
     HTTPS://YOUR_IPMI_IP/  

    then accept all warnings and error messages for SSL certificate and add an exception for the IP. After login you should see: this screenshot

  2. Click on Remote console preview image to start iKVM java application (you should have Java VM 1.6 installed) 

  • Click Virtual Media menu Item and select Virtual Media from drop down menu

    • if iKVM is unable to connect and shows an error message, reset it from the maintenance tab of IPMI home page or reset the IPMI module (it could take up to 2 minutes and you will not be able to connect to IPMI during this time).

  • Go to CDROM&ISO tab

  • Select ISO file in Logical Drive type drop down

  • Press Open Image

  • Select your ISO with your OS installer and press open

  • Click Plug In (click here to see screenshot)

Now your ISO is in the Virtual CDROM and ready to boot. 

    3. Click On RESET button from main page of IPMI (see screenshot 1).

    4. Go back to iKVM java application and periodically press the F11 key while server boots to pull up the boot menu.

    5. Select IPMI Virtual CDROM and press Enter (click here to see screenshot).

    6. Proceed with your favorite OS installation.

NOTE: Do not close java iKVM application during the OS installation process, it will “eject” your virtual CDROM.

 

B. OS Installation from Alnitech's PXE boot 

  1. Login to your IPMI (you should have IP address of IPMI and the credentials). To begin, open your favorite FireFox browser (we recommend) and go to

    HTTPS://YOUR_IPMI_IP/ 

    then accept all warnings and error messages for SSL certificate and add an exception for the IP. After login you should see: this screenshot.

  2. Start Java iKVM application by clicking on Remote Console Preview image.

  3. Press Reset button from the main page of IPMI.

  4. Go back to iKVM java application and press F12 to boot from network.

  5. Select the OS you want to install from our PXE boot menu and proceed with installation.



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