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ASMB3-SOL PLUS
Server Management Board

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  • Page 1 ASMB3-SOL PLUS Server Management Board...
  • Page 2 Product warranty or service will not be extended if: (1) the product is repaired, modified or altered, unless such repair, modification of alteration is authorized in writing by ASUS; or (2) the serial number of the product is defaced or missing.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Phoenix BIOS setup ... 2-13 Running the ASMC2 utility ... 2-18 2.5.1 Configuring the LAN controller ... 2-20 2.5.2 Using ASWM to update the ASMB3-SOL PLUS firmware ..2-22 Software installation ... 2-23 2.6.1 Installing the ARC ... 2-23 2.6.2 Launching ARC ... 2-24...
  • Page 4: Contents

    Updating the remote server BIOS file ... 3-16 3.1.10 Controlling the remote server power ... 3-17 3.1.11 Viewing PET information ... 3-18 ASUS Host Management Controller Setup ... 3-21 3.2.1 Installing and launching the ASUS Host Management Controller Setup utility ...3-21 3.2.2 Command fields ...
  • Page 5: Notices

    Notices Federal Communications Commission Statement This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: • This device may not cause harmful interference, and • This device must accept any interference received including interference that may cause undesired operation.
  • Page 6: Safety Information

    Safety information Electrical safety • To prevent electrical shock hazard, disconnect the power cable from the electrical outlet before relocating the server. • When adding or removing devices to or from the server, ensure that the power cables for the devices are unplugged before the signal cables are connected.
  • Page 7: About This Guide

    Refer to the following sources for additional information and for product and software updates. ASUS websites The ASUS website provides updated information on ASUS hardware and software products. Refer to the ASUS contact information. Optional documentation Your product package may include optional documentation, such as warranty flyers, that may have been added by your dealer.
  • Page 8: Conventions Used In This Guide

    Conventions used in this guide To make sure that you perform certain tasks properly, take note of the following symbols used throughout this manual. DANGER/WARNING: Information to prevent injury to yourself when trying to complete a task. CAUTION: Information to prevent damage to the components when trying to complete a task.
  • Page 9: Asmb3-sol Plus Specifications Summary

    Remote BIOS update Short Message Service (SMS) Remote Console Redirection (text mode) Serial-Over-LAN (SOL) Remote reboot Upgradeable firmware Platform Event Trap (PET) Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) ASUS Remote Console (ARC) ASUS Host Management Controller Utility (DOS-based)
  • Page 11: Chapter 1: Product Introduction

    This chapter describes the server management board features and the new technologies it supports. Chapter 1: Product introduction...
  • Page 12: Welcome

    With ARC, you can monitor the remote server CPU(s) temperature(s), system temperature, fan rotations, and power supply voltages. The ASMB3-SOL PLUS records each remote server system event for accurate and efficient troubleshooting. ARC allows you to update the remote server system BIOS file when it gets outdated or corrupted.
  • Page 13: Board Layout

    The ASUS ASMB3-SOL PLUS comes in a BMC package. The illustration below shows the major components of the server management board. heartbeat LED indicators The ASMB3-SOL PLUS board comes with a BMC heartbeat LED. Refer to the table below for the LED indications. Name LED1...
  • Page 14: Network And Smart Phone Setup

    Network and smart phone setup The ASMB3-SOL PLUS server management board installed on the remote server connects to a local/central server via direct LAN connection or through a network hub. Below are the supported server management configurations. Direct LAN connection...
  • Page 15: Chapter 2: Installation

    This chapter provides instructions on how to install the board to the server system and install the utilities that the board supports. Chapter 2: Installation...
  • Page 16: Before You Proceed

    Before you proceed Take note of the following precautions before you install the server management board to the remote server system. • Unplug the server system power cord from the wall socket before touching any component. • Use a grounded wrist strap or touch a safely grounded object or to a metal object, such as the power supply case, before handling components to avoid damaging them due to static electricity.
  • Page 17 For direct LAN configuration, connect the other end of the LAN cable to the local/central server LAN port. For connection to a network hub or router, connect the other end of the LAN cable to the network hub or router. ASUS ASMB3-SOL PLUS...
  • Page 18 To uninstall the board: Simultaneously push the BMC socket retaining clips outward until the board tilts up. Carefully pull the board out from the BMC socket, then set aside. Chapter 2: Installation...
  • Page 19: Firmware Update And Ip Configuration

    Firmware update and IP configuration You need to update the IPMI and ASMB3-SOL PLUS firmware before you start using the ASMB3-SOL PLUS board. 2.3.1 LAN firmware update IPMI firmware should be updated before the update of ASMB3-SOL PLUS firmware. Otherwise, the board may not function properly.
  • Page 20: Asmb3-sol Plus Firmware Update

    2.3.2 ASMB3-SOL PLUS firmware update Repeat the step 1-4 in the previous sub-section. On reboot, the main menu appears.Select ASMB3-SOL PLUS Firmware Update, and press <Enter> to enter the sub-menu. ASUS Server RS162-E4/RX4 System FreeDOS command prompt ESB2 ASF Firmware Update...
  • Page 21: Configure Bmc Ip Source Static Ip

    ASUS Server RS162-E4/RX4 System FreeDOS command prompt ESB2 ASF Firmware Update ESB2 IPMI Firmware Update ASMB3-SOL PLUS Firmware Update Configure BMC IP Source Static IP Configure BMC IP Source DHCP A confirmation message appears, asking if you want to configure the BMC IP source static IP now.
  • Page 22: Configure Bmc Ip Source Dhcp

    ASUS Server RS162-E4/RX4 System FreeDOS command prompt ESB2 ASF Firmware Update ESB2 IPMI Firmware Update ASMB3-SOL PLUS Firmware Update Configure BMC IP Source Static IP Configure BMC IP Source DHCP A confirmation message appears, asking if you want to configure the BMC IP source static IP now.
  • Page 23: Bios Configuration

    You need to adjust the settings in the BIOS setup of the remote server for correct configuration and connection to the central server. Update the remote server BIOS file following the instructions in the motherboard/system user guide. Visit the ASUS website (www.asus.com) to download the latest BIOS file for the motherboard. 2.4.1...
  • Page 24: Ipmi Configuration

    You must configure the network settings of both the remote server and the local/ central server to establish communication for remote server control and monitoring. Prepare the support CD and a bootable floppy disk to configure the network settings. Running the BIOS IPMI configuration To configure the IPMI in the BIOS: Restart the remote server, then press <Del>...
  • Page 25 15 seconds to read all the BMC SEL records. Server Total number of entries: SEL Entry Number: v02.58 (C)Copyright 1985-2004, American Megatrends, Inc. ASUS ASMB3-SOL PLUS BIOS SETUP UTILITY [N/A] Use +/- to traverse the event log. Select Screen...
  • Page 26 LAN Setting Allows you to set the BMC LAN Parameter settings. Local IP Address Subnet Mask Gateway Address DHCP Mode Local IP Address • • • Subnet Mask • • • Gateway Address • • • v02.58 (C)Copyright 1985-2004, American Megatrends, Inc. DHCP Mode Allows you to get IP from DHCP server or static.
  • Page 27: Phoenix Bios Setup

    Use this sub-menu to adjust the remote server LAN settings or view the System Event Log (SEL). When finished, press <F10> to save your changes and exit the BIOS setup. ASUS ASMB3-SOL PLUS PhoenixBIOS Setup Utility Security Boot Exit [On-board COM B] [57.6K]...
  • Page 28 Running the BIOS IPMI configuration To configure the IPMI in the BIOS: Restart the remote server, then press <Del> during POST to enter the BIOS setup. Go to the Server menu, then select the IPMI Configuration sub-menu. Use this sub-menu to configure the IPMI settings. When finished, press <F10>...
  • Page 29 Configuration options: [No Action] [Reset] [Power Off] [Power Cycle] Date Format to show [MM DD YYYY] Allows you to choose the date format to be displayed. Configuration options: [MM DD YYYY] [DD MM YYYY] [YYYY DD MM] ASUS ASMB3-SOL PLUS 2-15...
  • Page 30 Date Separator [/] Allows you to choose which character to use in date entries. Configuration options: [.] [/] Scroll down to display more items. Main Advanced Server System Event Log System Event Log (list mode) DHCP IP Address Help Select Item ↑↓...
  • Page 31 Select Menu →← DHCP Allows you to enable or disable DHCP. IP Address Allows you to provide information to set the BMC IP address. ASUS ASMB3-SOL PLUS PhoenixBIOS Setup Utility Security Boot Exit System Event Log (list mode) Sensor Type...
  • Page 32: Running The Asmc2 Utility

    Running the ASMC2 utility The ASUS Server Management Card 2.0 (ASMC2) Utility allows you to know the MAC address of the server motherboard and to set the IP address. This utility is available from the support CD that came with the package.
  • Page 33 ASUS ASMB3-SOL PLUS Description Update the ASMB3-SOL PLUS firmware Save the SDR data to file Update the SDR data from file Send IPMI command...
  • Page 34: Configuring The Lan Controller

    2.5.1 Configuring the LAN controller Before you can establish connection to the ASMB3-SOL PLUS board, you must configure the LAN port for server management used by the remote server to connect to the local/central server. To configure the LAN port of the remote server: On the prompt, type asmc2 -init_asmb, then press <Enter>.
  • Page 35 11. Configure the ASMB3-SOL PLUS baud rate (asmc2 -sol_baud 57600). Make sure that the ASMB3-SOL PLUS baud rate is the same as the Remote Access baud rate that you previously set in the BIOS. See section 2.4 BIOS remote console for details.
  • Page 36: Using Aswm To Update The Asmb3-sol Plus Firmware

    2.5.2 Using ASWM to update the ASMB3-SOL PLUS firmware You can use the ASUS System Web-based Management (ASWM) application to update the ASMB3-SOL PLUS firmware. To do this: Download the latest ASMB3-SOL PLUS firmware from the ASUS website (www.asus.com), then save the firmware file.
  • Page 37: Software Installation

    You can monitor, control, or manage the remote server from the local/central server using the ASUS Remote Console (ARC). The ARC is a web-based application available from the support CD that came with the ASMB3-SOL PLUS package. You must install the ARC on the local/central server to access the remote server.
  • Page 38: Launching Arc

    Follow the installation wizard instructions to install the utility. 2.6.2 Launching ARC To launch the ARC utility, click Start > All Programs > ASUS Remote Console > ASUS Remote Console from the Windows Double-click the ASUS Remote Console icon on the Windows 2-24 desktop.
  • Page 39: Chapter 3: Software Support

    This chapter tells you how to use the software applications that the server management board supports. Chapter 3: Software support...
  • Page 40: Asus Remote Console (arc)

    ASUS Remote Console (ARC) The ASUS Remote Console (ARC) is a web-based utility that allows you to monitor the remote host’s hardware information including temperatures, fan rotations, voltages, and power. This application also lets you instantly power on/off or reset the remote server.
  • Page 41: Arc Sections

    Click before the server connection to display available remote server information including the SDR (Sensor Data Record), FRU (Field Replaceable Unit), SEL (System Event Log), and Remote Console. ASUS ASMB3-SOL PLUS...
  • Page 42 Some remote server information (such as the SDR) contains several sensor groups such as Temperature, Voltage, and Fan. Click before the remote server information to display the sensor groups. Click before a sensor group to display individual sensors. For example, clicking before the sensor group Temperature displays the CPU1 and system temperatures.
  • Page 43: Event Window

    ASF specification. Status bar The Status bar located at the bottom of the ARC window displays the connection status to the remote server, connection duration, IP address of the remote server, and the progress of SDR/SEL/FRU information download. ASUS ASMB3-SOL PLUS...
  • Page 44: Connecting To The Remote Server

    3.1.2 Connecting to the remote server To connect to the remote server: From the menu bar, click Server, then select New. An Add new server connection window appears. Type the remote server name and IP address on the fields. Click Save Default to set the remote server connection as the default.
  • Page 45 The default connection request level authentication is HMAC-SHA1 with Administrator privileges. You may change these configuration according to your network settings or preference. Check the box before Enable Payload Encryption if you want to use • Advanced Encryption Standard (AES). ASUS ASMB3-SOL PLUS...
  • Page 46: Retrieving Sensor Information

    3.1.3 Retrieving sensor information The Sensor Data Record (SDR) provides remote server system information through available sensors including CPU/system/power temperatures, voltages, fan speeds, chassis intrusion, etc. The SDR also provides information on the sensor location (e.g. CPU1, CPU2, FAN1), event generation, and access information.
  • Page 47 The tab also displays the sensor record ID and SDR version. Click the Settings tab to adjust the sensor threshold values. Click on the up/down arrow button after each threshold value to adjust. Click OK to close the window. ASUS ASMB3-SOL PLUS...
  • Page 48: Displaying Fru Information

    3.1.4 Displaying FRU information The Field Replaceable Unit (FRU) information provides the manufacturer, product name, and/or serial number of various modules and components installed on the remote server. For example, the FRU feature can display the remote server motherboard name, model, and serial number. You can use this feature when retrieving information on a module or component installed on the remote server.
  • Page 49: Displaying System Event Logs

    Double-click an event to display an Event Information window. This window displays the sensor type and record ID, event message, current and threshold values, and other system event information. Click OK to close the window. ASUS ASMB3-SOL PLUS before the server connection, then 3-11...
  • Page 50: Using Remote Console

    3.1.6 Using Remote Console The Remote Console feature lets you see the remote server screen (text only) and is useful when you update the remote server BIOS file or adjust the BIOS settings. Refer to section 3.1.9 Updating the remote server BIOS file for details on remote BIOS update.
  • Page 51: Displaying All Remote Server Sensors

    Click All Sensors value. All remote server sensors are displayed on the Information window in graphical format. The color bar represents the upper/lower threshold values of each sensor. The green pointer indicates the current value of the sensor. ASUS ASMB3-SOL PLUS before the server name to open the 3-13...
  • Page 52: Adjusting The Monitoring Settings

    3.1.8 Adjusting the monitoring settings The ARC application allows you to adjust the remote server monitoring settings including SEL polling, SDR reading, ASF, and PET. To adjust the monitoring settings: Click Server on the menu bar, then select General Setting from the drop-down menu.
  • Page 53 Enabling the Short Message Service (SMS) feature The Short Message Service or SMS feature allows you to receive Platform Event Trap (PET) information on your smart phone (ASUS P505). You must install Microsoft Visit www.microsoft.com to download Microsoft To enable the SMS feature:...
  • Page 54: Updating The Remote Server Bios File

    3.1.9 Updating the remote server BIOS file The ASMB3-SOL PLUS features a remote BIOS file update capability that allows you to update the BIOS file of the remote server when the file gets outdated or corrupted. Make sure to download and save the latest BIOS file for the remote server motherboard.
  • Page 55: Controlling The Remote Server Power

    Click Yes when the Confirm power down window appears. The remote server is turned off. Click OK to close the window. Use the same instructions as reference when powering up or resetting the remote server. ASUS ASMB3-SOL PLUS Power Down 3-17...
  • Page 56: Viewing Pet Information

    3.1.11 Viewing PET information The Platform Event Trap or PET is an SNMP trap used for system management alerts. When the ARC receives a PET, it displays a pop-up window notifying you of the alert and its source (IP address). Right-click the window to close. You need to install an SNMP service to the remote server to receive PET information.
  • Page 57 Double-click Management and Monitoring Tools. Select Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP). Click OK. ASUS ASMB3-SOL PLUS 3-19...
  • Page 58 On the Services tab, click the Add button to display a Service Settings window. Type a name on the Description of service field (i.e. ASUS ARC). Type the IP address of the local/central server, then set the External and Internal Port number to 162.
  • Page 59: Asus Host Management Controller Setup

    ASUS Host Management Controller Setup The ASUS Host Management Controller Setup utility provides precise configuration and basic functions including System Event Log (SEL) generation and System Data Record (SDR) reading in DOS mode. This utility also supplies configuration sequences for the type of host interface as well as direct real-time monitoring of system information including CPU temperature(s), fan speeds and system voltages.
  • Page 60: Command Fields

    3.2.2 Command fields The utility menu bar has five commands: Initial, View, Set, Monitor and Help. You can select a command using the left or right arrow button on the keyboard. After selecting a command, use the down arrow key to display available options. Select a command, then press <Enter>...
  • Page 61 Use the down arrow key to display the next sensor data record. Press <Esc> to return to the main screen. ASUS ASMB3-SOL PLUS 3-23...
  • Page 62 To view the BMC information: Select BMC Info from the View command option, then press <Enter>. A list of BMC information appears on the left pane. Use the down arrow button to select a BMC information. The BMC information is displayed in the right pane. Press <Esc>...
  • Page 63: Set

    To set the BMC Timer: Select BMC Timer from the Set command option, then press <Enter>. Set the BMC IPMI timer to the current system time. When finished, press <Esc> to return to the main screen. ASUS ASMB3-SOL PLUS 3-25...
  • Page 64: Monitor

    3.2.6 Monitor The Monitor command displays real-time data on the remote server system and CPU temperatures, voltages, and fan speeds. To display a remote server information: Select a sensor from the Monitor command options, then press <Enter>. A list of server information appears on the left pane. Use the down arrow button to select a monitor information.
  • Page 65 The Appendix shows the location of the LAN port for server management and BMC socket on several motherboards. This section also presents common problems that you may encounter when installing or using the server management board. Appendix: Reference information...
  • Page 66: Appendix: Reference Information

    LAN port for server management The ASUS server motherboards that support the ASMB3-SOL PLUS comes with two LAN (RJ-45) ports: one for network connection and the other for server management. For easy identification, the LAN port for server management is the LAN1 port* (usually near the VGA port).
  • Page 67: Bmc Socket

    BMC socket The ASUS server motherboards that support the ASMB-LE comes with a Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) socket. Refer to the illustrations below to locate the BMC socket on different server motherboards. KFN4-DRE motherboard REAR_FAN4 ATXPWR1 PS/2KBMS PRI_IDE1 PSUSMB1 T: Mouse...
  • Page 68: Converting Decimal To Hexadecimal

    Converting decimal to hexadecimal Divide the decimal number by 16 and you will get a quotient and a remainder. Divide the quotient by 16 again to get another quotient and another remainder. Repeatedly divide the quotient by 16 until the quotient is 0. Encoded all the remainders in the hexadecimal system.
  • Page 69: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting This troubleshooting guide provides answers to some common problems that you may encounter while installing and/or using ASUS ASMB3-SOL PLUS. These problems require simple troubleshooting that you can perform by yourself. Contact the Wireless LAN Technical Support if you encounter problems not mentioned in this section.
  • Page 70 Appendix: Reference information...

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