Supermicro 2U Twin2 6026TT-HIBQRF

10 Overall Score

IPMI 2.0

It seems like a lot of Supermicro’s line is coming along with IPMI built onto the mainboard. One sure indication that you are getting a mainboard with IPMI is the “F” suffix at the end. For example, the mainboard in this chassis is a Super X8DTT-HIBQF. “F” is the indicator that this is a IPMI enabled mainboard. We also tested out the 8XSIL-F in our last review. We know we sort of went over this in the last review, but a review wouldn’t be complete with out it. IPMI being included on the mainboard is a huge deal for a hosting provider. While switches are cheap, KVM over IP switches can be VERY pricey. 8 Ports usually range from ~1000 USD to ~2000 USD depending on what brand you get. 16 port, and 32 port is even more expensive. So to have that sort of functionality built on board is very significant.

Main Page

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This is the main screen you come apon when your first log into your IPMI console. Username and Password defaults for this are “ADMIN”, “ADMIN”. Once you log in you get a simple webpage. There is usually a picture on this screen of whats on the console, we’re not sure if this is a beta BIOS or if they got rid of that.

Server Health

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You can pretty much view whats going on with your server from these 3 screens. Voltages, Tempatures, Fan speeds. Everything a system admin would like to know on the spot if he is experiencing server related problems.

Configuration

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This is all of your configuration. One of the cool things about the Supermicro IPMI, and why we personally prefer it over traditional KVM over IP solutions is because of the ability to add and remove alerts. If a tempature gets too high, you can set up an alert to send you an email so you can see whats going on with your servers 24/7 365 without having to monitor it 24/7 365. From the configuration tab you can setup everything for your LDAP and Active Directory settings. You can also add remove users and set permissions for access to the IPMI module.

Remote Control

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Remote control says it all, full KVM over IP access, Full remote media mounting, and power control. We have to say, after using these IPMI modules, and using some of the other solutions from Avocent. we personally like these a little better. From other external KVM over IP’s that we’ve used, the mouse movements are not always synced like they should be. It can be frustrating while learning how to effectively maneuver them. With the IPMI module, the mouse is 100% synced up in Linux, and Windows. Power control says it all; server lockup, push the reset button right? You can do all of this through the remote control section of the IPMI. You can even pull the power from the server like you would have too with a hard lockup. They’ve really thought of it all.

Maintenance

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From here you can upgrade the IPMI firmware, or even reset the IPMI unit. This is a standalone unit, and does not affect a running server.

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One Comment on "Supermicro 2U Twin2 6026TT-HIBQRF"

  1. Gerardo September 16, 2012 at 10:45 am - Reply

    Great review, would love to see the images as none are showing up on the post.

    We are actually looking at these units as our next purchase.

    Thanks again for the detailed review.

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