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By Andrew Hamer-Adams

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Luminous monitors, groups and controls IPMI equipped servers and devices. It offers many of the features once offered by Server Monitor.

• Power on/off your devices
• Monitor Temperature, Fan, Voltage, Current, Power Supply, Processor, Interconnect and Security sensors
• Caches sensors for use over slow connections
• Supported devices include Xserve LOM, Dell DRAC, HP iLO2, IBM RSA and Sun ILOM
• Group your devices using categories
• Compatible with protocols IPMI v1.5 and IPMI v2.0

The IPMI protocol requires full access to UDP port 623.

What's New in Version 1.1

Enhanced stability with slow IPMI connections
Added the ability view events
Increased stability, further bug fixes


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Customer Reviews

Simple IPMI-based monitoring for servers

This is a simple, effective tool for monitoring server health and basic operations like powering a server on or off via IPMI. Although the description does not specifically list it as compatible, I use Luminous to monitor a Supermicro motherboard that supports IPMI 2.0. While it does not give you the full range of options that IPMI supports--e.g., it can’t open a virtual console and allow you to install an operating system remotely--Luminous is quick and gives you access to important health information on your system, such as temperatures, fan speeds, and voltages. (It also doesn’t insist upon trying to install Java, which is what I get if I use Safari to access my server’s BMC.) The app may be a little pricey compared with usual App Store pricing, and I was hesitant to buy it without any reviews—that’s why I’m writing this one. If you want some simple control and monitoring over IPMI, Luminous will get the job done.

Okay little utility for those seeking GUI based IPMITOOL...

This is nice little IPMITOOL GUI interface.. It attached to my supermicro and Sun systems without too much trouble - still trying to decipher the cypher levels, if that's not too terrible a pun..

Things I like:
VERY SIMPLE interface - right to the point for most of what you want - power, temps, etc..

Things that could be improved somewhat:
TEMPLATES - can I create my own vs. using the provided set for servers I don't own?
CIPHERS - a hint list or RTFM reference on how to figure out what your server desires here might be useful for the more ignorant of us.. ;-0

SOL - Serial Over Lan would be TOTALLY AWESOME enhancement.. May not help windows admins, but for Solaris(and derivatives), Linux and the like a working serial console would be very nice..

To be Determined:
Scaling - how many large servers can I effectively monitor? Still testing that - pointing this tool at an Oracle enterprise server (T5-8) seemed to work just fine, but took a LONG TIME to cache the results - updates to the cached list of sensors/status seem quick enough, but at what point will I have too many too keep current?

Overall, I like it and look forward to enhancements!!

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  • $9.99
  • Category: Utilities
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.1
  • Size: 2.0 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: OS X 10.7 or later, 64-bit processor

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