Using the IPMI tools in the S12 or S14 Smoothwall appliance

Article #: Product Castle
KB-79 S12, S14 Kenilworth onwards


Instructions on using the Intelligent platform management interface (IMPI) tools available in the Smoothwall S14 and S12 units.


The Smoothwall S14 and S12 units have a daughterboard which can be used to monitor, even if the motherboard is down. This allows monitoring and recovery, even if the appliance is powered off or down such as:

- Before the operating system has been booted

- when the system is powered down

- in the unlikely event of an operating system failure


To access these tools on the S14, you need to load a IPMI kernel module:

modprobe ipmi_devintf

This is not required on the S12

To set an IP and gateway on the IPMI LAN:

/usr/local/bin/ipmitool lan set 1 ipaddr

 /usr/local/bin/ipmitool lan set 1 netmask

/usr/local/bin/ipmitool lan set 1 defgw ipaddr

/usr/local/bin/ipmitool lan set 1 ipsrc static

Resetting the admin password:

/usr/local/bin/ipmitool user list

Note the ID number for the ADMIN user

/usr/local/bin/ipmitool user set password 2

No reboot is required to see the IPMI web UI


Last updated: Author: Contributions by:
12 September 2017 Suzanne Knight Lawrence Manning