Monday Feb 23, 2009

Missing BMC Driver in OpenSolaris

Perhaps you've noticed that your unable to issue IPMI commands to the local BMC interface under OpenSolaris?

# ipmitool chassis status
Could not open bmc device: No such file or directory
# 

Apparently the BMC driver is an encumbered piece of code. See Bug ID 6799081.

I downloaded the latest Solaris Express Community Edition (SXCE) and copied over the driver.

# cp /media/SOL_11_X86/Solaris_11/Product/SUNWckr/reloc/kernel/drv/amd64/bmc /kernel/drv/amd64
# cp /media/SOL_11_X86/Solaris_11/Product/SUNWckr/reloc/kernel/drv/bmc /kernel/drv
# cp /media/SOL_11_X86/Solaris_11/Product/SUNWckr/reloc/kernel/drv/bmc.conf /kernel/drv

Rebooted the system and ran devfsadm...problem solved.

# devfsadm
# ipmitool chassis status
System Power         : on
Power Overload       : false
Power Interlock      : inactive
Main Power Fault     : false
Power Control Fault  : false
Power Restore Policy : always-off
Last Power Event     : 
Chassis Intrusion    : inactive
Front-Panel Lockout  : inactive
Drive Fault          : false
Cooling/Fan Fault    : false
#
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