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Setting Up a Password for Intel® Server Management

Intel Server Management v5.x uses password authentication when launching management modules. The modules include Platform Instrumentation Control (PIC), Direct Platform Control (DPC), Client System Setup Utility (CSSU) and Command Line Interface (CLI).

As each of the above modules is launched, the user is shown a dialog box requesting a password to complete the module connection to the managed server. By default the password is set to a "null" value and the module may be launch by pressing the <Enter> key. Intel Server Management software follows the Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) specification to complete authenticated connections. Intel server boards contain a Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) ASIC. The BMC has an area of non-volatile memory which contains the user defined password. This password is independent of any operating system or BIOS password. When any of the Intel Server Management modules are launched they follow the IPMI specification handshaking protocol to check for a password and will not complete the connection if the verification is not completed.

To enter or change the BMC password, Two utilities can be used to achieved this function. They are contained on the server board System Resource CD. The utilities are the System Setup Utility (SSU) or the Server Configuration Wizard (SCW). These utilities allow the user to configure a LAN password. It is this password that Intel Server Management will use for connection authentication.

Instructions on How to Setup A Password

After booting from a System Resource CD:
1. Select Utilities from the top menu.
2. Select System Setup Utility from the drop down menu.

After the System Setup Utility has launched:
1. Select Platform Event Manager.
2. Select Configure LAN.
3. Enter a Password
4. Enter the same Password in the Verify Password box.

This applies to:

Intel® Server Board SE7501BR2
Intel® Server Board SE7501HG2
Intel® Server Board SE7501WV2

Solution ID: CS-009523
Last Modified: 02-Mar-2014
Date Created: 19-Feb-2004
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