The Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) specification is a standard which defines a set of common interfaces to a computer system which system administrators can use to monitor system health and manage the system. IPMI 2.0 defines both a mandatory system interface and an optional LAN interface. The iLO 3 management processor supports both interfaces.
The IPMI specification defines a standardized interface for platform management. The IPMI specification defines the following types of platform management:
Monitoring of system information, such as fans, temperatures, and power supplies
Recovery capabilities, such as system resets and power on/off operations
Logging capabilities, for abnormal events such as over temperature readings or fan failures
Inventory capabilities, such as identifying failed hardware components
IPMI commands are usually sent to the management processor using a third-party or open source utility, such as IPMITOOL, IPMIUTIL, OpenIPMI or FreeIPMI.
When issuing "raw" commands, an understanding of the IPMI specification is required. For additional information, see the IPMI specification on the following Intel® website http://www.intel.com/design/servers/ipmi/tools.htm.