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, Events and Security sensors
• Caches sensors for use over slow connections
• Supported devices include Xserve LOM, Supermicro, Dell DRAC, HP iLO2, IBM RSA and Sun ILOM
• Group your servers 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 1.2
• Clear server IPMI event log
• View server time and last reload time
• Reload current / all servers from new settings menu
• Stability / crash fixes
• UI behaviour enhancements
• IPMI connection stability
More features coming in next release!
Very handy remote management app
I got my first motherboard with IPMI a few months ago, and didn’t pay it much attention until recently. The Web interface bundled with the board was terrible, but the IPMI interface itself seemed semi-standard – so I went hunting for an app and found Luminous, and couldn’t be happier.
Luminous doesn’t have an especially complicated UI, nor does it need one. You add your server and configure its details, and once connected, you’re presented with a remarkably straightforward set of information and a couple buttons to reboot or shut off the server. I got all the information I needed about my new server (temperature and fan speed, mostly) within seconds of being connected.
Luminous also features the ability to group servers, which I didn’t really explore, having only the one board with IPMI ;)
The only downside was the difficulty in figuring out what settings to use to establish the IPMI connection in the first place. I wound up stepping through IPMI protocol versions and cipher suites until I found the combination that let me connect to my particular motherboard. I can’t really fault Luminous for this, though – my understanding is that such details are very board- and manufacturer-specific, and there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Once it’s working, though, it’s a breeze.
All in all, Luminous is worth more than the $10 I paid for it – and I hope the developer keeps on going with more features!
Good replacement for Server Monitor
I bought my Xserve a few months before they were discontinued, and one of the selling points was the LOM port and capabilities. When Apple discontinued the Server Monitor and Server Admin apps and made the wholesale change to the current Server app version, they abandoned the users who needed or wanted an easy, GUI interface for managing the LOM functions. This app fits that need perfectly. I have used it on a few occasions when I needed to reboot remotely. Sometimes the VNC/Screen Share option just won’t cut it and I need to do a hard reboot. I am sure that there are command-line gurus who can manage without it, but I am not one of those, so it has been very useful to me.