Lights Out Management with Scale HC3

  • Ever wished you had the ability to remotely monitor, manage, and power on or off your HC3 nodes outside the HC3 web interface? Also known as “out-of-band” or “remote” management, many nodes in the HC3 lineup have Lights Out Management (LOM) capabilities.

    The IPMI and iDRAC features are not available on all node lines and may require some disruptive and/or non-disruptive firmware updates and BIOS changes in order to access their management capabilities.

    IPMI (Intelligent Platform Management Interface) is a specification that provides management and monitoring capabilities independently of the firmware and operating system of the host. As an example, a node that may be powered off or otherwise unresponsive across a normal network connection could be remotely managed through IPMI instead.

    Dell’s iDRAC (integrated Dell Remote Access Controller) is a platform that uses the same ideas as IPMI but is proprietary to Dell. It is available on certain Dell lines and, in the case of Scale Computing’s HC3 node lines, is integrated into the motherboard. As with IPMI, an administrator has access to power management, system monitoring like temperature and fan speeds, remote console access, and more.

    More information and details on specific Scale HC3 models is available on our support portal using the following links (or by logging in and searching "lights out")

    Customer portal
    Partner portal

    For convenience, I've attached the Nov 2017 version of the doc here - but it's recommended you check the portal for any recent updates