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ipmi authentication problem with DL380 G6

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ipmi authentication problem with DL380 G6

Hello All,


I am really struggling to get IPMI/iLO working on a Proliant DL380 G6 server. When I try to set the authentication using the open interface here's what I get:


# ipmitool  lan set 2 auth ADMIN MD5,PASSWORD
Mismatched data lengths: 1 != 5


(no data appears to come back when I put the full debug on)


The ipmitool version is 1.8.11 and the OS is SL 5.4.


Here's the lan interface config:


# ipmitool  lan print 2
Set in Progress         : Set Complete
Auth Type Support       :
Auth Type Enable        : Callback :
                        : User     :
                        : Operator :
                        : Admin    : MD2 PASSWORD OEM
                        : OEM      : NONE MD2 PASSWORD
IP Address Source       : Static Address
IP Address              :
Subnet Mask             :
MAC Address             : 18:a9:05:64:7d:e4
BMC ARP Control         : ARP Responses Enabled, Gratuitous ARP Disabled
Gratituous ARP Intrvl   : 0.0 seconds
Default Gateway IP      :
802.1q VLAN ID          : Disabled
802.1q VLAN Priority    : 0
Cipher Suite Priv Max   : Not Available

I am assuming the fact that the "Auth Type Support" field is blank is signigicant.


When I try to connect using ipmitool via the lan interface none of the authenctication types work e.g.


ipmitool -I lan  -H -U root -P XXXXXX lan print 2
Authentication type NONE not supported

Also I can get a response when I try to login to iLO via ssh but the (password ?) authentication seems to fail:


# ssh -vvvv ipmi08 -l root

. . .

debug3: authmethod_lookup password
debug3: remaining preferred: ,password
debug3: authmethod_is_enabled password
debug1: Next authentication method: password
root@ipmi08's password:
debug3: packet_send2: adding 64 (len 57 padlen 7 extra_pad 64)
debug2: we sent a password packet, wait for reply
debug1: Authentications that can continue: password,publickey
Permission denied, please try again.


So it appears not to be a network problem.


Hope someone can help with this. I've scoured the net for answers but just ended up going around in circles.

Also I had a go at reading the enormous IPMI spec manual but it wasn't much help.


Let me know if you need more info.


many thanks in advance,