Goodbye Intel - My Favorite Commands

Working at Intel has been a great experience. I wish I could have stayed longer, but in the end we decided to part ways. During my stay I learned lots of stuff. I would like to boil my experience down to my top Linux commands. The List git: Lots of git. syscfg: Managing bios settings from within Linux. Nice. (Intel platforms) setupbios: More bios settings from within Linux. (Dell platforms) puppet: I actually enjoy manually running puppet.

An IPMI SEL Viewing Shootout!

UPDATE (2015-02-18) Albert Chu from FreeIPMI commented that FreeIPMI does NOT attempt to decode OEM events by default. These are events that are OEM specific, so each motherboard may require a different interpretation. FreeIPMI has a --interpret-oem-data option and possibly in conjunction with the -W assumesystemevent option, to attempt to decode these. Unfortunately I no longer have the motherboard I originally ran these on. I might do a followup post with a new motherboard with similar “issues” and see how FreeIPMI compares to the other tools with these options.

7 Underused IPMItool Commands

IPMI is Awesome. But, it is underused. Most sysadmins don’t even enable it. If they do enable it, they probably enable it by manually going into the BIOS, and then probably only using the Web interface. LAME. There is no need to go to the BIOS to configure ipmi. You can use IPMItool to configure it in-band. This is my first underused command: (disclaimer: not all IPMI interfaces / bios versions / hardware platforms are equal.