Decrease Supermicro IPMI Fan Threshold

• How-To   • Server

I like quiet (slow) fans. I like Supermicro’s X10SL7 motherboard. I like how I get email notifications from the IPMI when something is wrong. I do not like how I get warnings because the IPMI fan threshold is 900 RPM. The bad thing is this is not directly configurable through the IPMI user interface or client. That’s where we need IPMITOOL tool to let us lower this annoying little warning.

1. Install IPMITOOL on a Linux machine on the same network as your IPMI. This is possible via command line or manually downloading it. I used Ubuntu 14.04.

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$ sudo apt-get install ipmitool

2. Run the command

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$ ipmitool -I lan -U ADMIN -H 10.0.0.4 sensor thresh FAN1 lower 150 225 300

Replacing:

  • ADMIN with the IPMI username
  • 10.0.0.4 with your own IPMI address
  • FAN1 with the desired FAN (FANA, FAN1, FAN2, FAN3, FAN4)
  • 150 with the lower non-recoverable value
  • 225 with the lower critical value
  • 300 with the lower non-critical value

3. Reboot the machine if necessary (most likely)

ipmi-new-threshold
Lowered the threshold down to 200 RPM

If that doesn’t work, there are other tools you can try out. None of these seemed to work for me on Windows or Linux, they just froze. Doing this before install ESXi would’ve been easier as it would connect directly to the IPMI instead of having to go through the LAN. The worst thing about these is that documentation is there but in a glossary format so you have to read the whole thing to understand it, there aren’t little guides for just connecting or changing specific features.

  • IPMIUTIL: Comes in Windows as well. Needs some Intel/Windows IPMI drivers I could never figure out.
  • FreeIPMI: The most popular IPMI utility. Also the most confusing to me.
  • OpenIPMI: I didn’t try this one out, but there’s always this option if the others don’t work.

Credits: karpr2 @ http://forums.nas4free.org/viewtopic.php?f=60&t=5739