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fan control DL160 on debian (lenny)

 
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fan control DL160 on debian (lenny)

Hello all,

I am running debian (lenny) on a HP Proliant DL160 G5. The problem is that the fans keep running at full speed. I figured the only way to fix this is to install HPASM. I just can't get it to work. HP seems to provide a deb package for etch but not for lenny.

All I care about is that the fans will run at lower speed when the server is cold and does not need to be cooled.

Thanks in advance,
Tom
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Re: fan control DL160 on debian (lenny)

The ProLiant Support Pack (including hpasm) is not available for ProLiant 100 series. The 100 series have IPMI-style manageability. That means that no software is necessary for fan speed regulation. Assuming you have the OpenIPMI driver loaded, you can use IPMItool to read the sensors and get fan status:

ipmitool -I open all
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Re: fan control DL160 on debian (lenny)

I installed openipmi and ipmitool

ipmitool -I open all
gives:
Invalid command: all

ipmitool sensor
gives:
Could not open device at /dev/ipmi0 or /dev/ipmi/0 or /dev/ipmidev/0: No such file or directory
Get Device ID command failed
Unable to open SDR for reading

If I get this to work, how would i use it to slow down the fans?

Thanks,
Tom
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Re: fan control DL160 on debian (lenny)

I am experiencing exactly the same issue. Please advise
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Re: fan control DL160 on debian (lenny)

just install OpenIPMI
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Re: fan control DL160 on debian (lenny)

I got ipmi working, using modprobe on the following modules:

ipmi_msghandler
ipmi_devintf
ipmi_kcs_drv (2.4 kernels) or ipmi_si (2.6 kernels)

(ipmitool working, ipmiutil working even without the modules)

However, using the tools I can only read the sensor status. Is there any possibility to turn on the anutomatic fan control (temperature based)?

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Re: fan control DL160 on debian (lenny)

Did you check the bios settings? My Dl160s automatically turn the fans down even before loading an OS.
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Re: fan control DL160 on debian (lenny)

Sure,

after the BMC loads BIOS, it lowers the fan speed.

However, after loading lenny (etch, etchnhalf, Opensuse, Mandriva 2009.0 also) it starts running the fans at full speed.
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Re: fan control DL160 on debian (lenny)

I got the same problem .
The fans run at high speed on server2008 and
doesn't slow down .
Noise is very loud but the Hp support team
said that is "NORMAL" ...

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Re: fan control DL160 on debian (lenny)

No change even with MS Server 2003. According to our IT specialist, 1U and 2U servers usually have no fan controll and run full speed all the time.

Using IPMI i discovered no options to controll the fans. In the IPMI (?) section in the BIOS, there is a "Fan control" intem with setting locked to "Standard". Does anyone succeeded in changing the item?

m.

P.S.: Any success stories in IMPI over LAN connection? (using impitool -I lan or impitool -I lanplus)