Reset a Supermicro IPMICFG password
How to reset a Supermicro IPMICFG password from inside Windows
You may encounter a situation where you need to reset the admin password associated with your Supermicro IPMI interface.
In my circumstance I had just picked up a 6028TR-HTFR off of eBay for a good deal and all four nodes had unknown passwords.
This method will require physical access to the server and this How To will cover how to accomplish the reset leveraging a Windows OS. At the bottom of this article I have linked to additional reading which contains methods for Linux as well as resetting via USB boot.
Steps to reset a Supermicro IPMICFG password – Windows method:
- Download the latest IPMICFG utility released by Supermicro
- Copy the extracted contents to your server
- Open a command window as administrator (this will not work from a normal command window)
- Change directory to the ipmicfg-win.exe appropriate for your architecture (32-bit or 64-bit)
- Get the user ID of the IPMI user whose password you want to set:
ipmicfg-win.exe -user list
- Set a new password for that user:
ipmicfg-win.exe -user setpwd 2 your_password_here
- Login to the IPMI web GUI using the password you just set.
Full example of how to reset a Supermicro IPMICFG password:
*I only have one note on this and that is that the ADMIN username is case sensitive in my experience. If ipmicfg-win.exe -user list returns ADMIN, you cannot login with admin.
IPMICFG-WIN.exe command parameters reference:
Usage: IPMICFG params (Example: IPMICFG -m 192.168.1.123) -m Show IP and MAC. -m IP Set IP (format: ###.###.###.###). -a MAC Set MAC (format: ##:##:##:##:##:##). -k Show Subnet Mask. -k Mask Set Subnet Mask (format: ###.###.###.###). -dhcp Get the DHCP status. -dhcp on Enable the DHCP. -dhcp off Disable the DHCP. -g Show Gateway IP. -g IP Set Gateway IP (format: ###.###.###.###). -r BMC cold reset. option: -d | Detected IPMI device for BMC reset. -garp on Enable the Gratuitous ARP. -garp off Disable the Gratuitous ARP. -fd Reset to the factory default. option: -d | Detected IPMI device for BMC reset. -fdl Reset to the factory default. (Clean LAN) option: -d | Detected IPMI device for BMC reset. -fde Reset to the factory default. (Clean FRU & LAN) option: -d | Detected IPMI device for BMC reset. -ver Get Firmware revision. -vlan Get VLAN status. -vlan on <vlan tag> Enable the VLAN and set the VLAN tag. If VLANtag is not given it uses previously saved value. -vlan off Disable the VLAN. -selftest Checking and reporting on the basic health of BMC. -raw Send a RAW IPMI request and print response. Format: NetFn Cmd [Data1 ... DataN] -fru info Show FRU inventory area Info. -fru list Show all FRU values. -fru cthelp Show chassis type code. -fru help Show help of FRU Write. -fru <field> Show FRU field value. -fru <field> <value> Write FRU. -fru 1m Update FRU Product Manufacturer from DMITable. -fru 1p Update FRU Product Prodcut Name from DMITable. -fru 1s Update FRU Product S/N from DMITable. -fru 2m Update FRU Board Manufacturer from DMITable. -fru 2p Update FRU Board Product Name from DMITable. -fru 2s Update FRU Board S/N from DMITable. -fru 3s Update FRU Chassis S/N from DMITable. -fru backup <file> Backup FRU to file <Binary format>. -fru restore <file> Restore FRU from file <Binary format>. -fru tbackup <file> Backup FRU to file <Text format>. -fru trestore <file> Restore FRU from file <Text format>. -fru ver <v1> <v2> Get/Set FRU version. (v1 v2 are BCD format) -sel info Show SEL info. -sel list Show SEL records. -sel del Delete all SEL records. -sel raw Show SEL raw data. -sdr [full] Show SDR records and reading. -sdr del <sdr id> Delete SDR record. -sdr ver <v1> <v2> Get/Set SDR version. (v1 v2 are BCD format) -nm nmsdr Display NM SDR. -nm seltime Get SEL time. -nm deviceid Get ME Device ID. -nm reset Reboots ME. -nm reset2default Force ME reset to Default. -nm updatemode Force ME to Update Mode. -nm selftest Get Self Test Results. -nm listimagesinfo List ME Images information. -nm oemgetpower OEM Power command for ME. -nm oemgettemp OEM Temp. command for ME. -nm pstate Get Max allowed CPU P-State. -nm tstate Get Max allowed CPU T-State. -nm cpumemtemp Get CPU/Memory temperature. -nm hostcpudata Get host CPU data. -fan Get Fan Mode. -fan <mode> Set Fan Mode. -pminfo Power supply PMBus health. -psfruinfo Power supply FRU health. -psbbpinfo Battery backup power status. -autodischarge <module> <day> Set auto discharge by days. -discharge <module> Manually discharge battery. -user list List user privilege information. -user help Show user privilege code. -user add <user id> <user name> Add user. <password> <privilege> -user del <user id> Delete user. -user level <user id> <privilege> Update user privilege. -user setpwd <user id> <password> Update user password. -conf upload <file> <option> Upload IPMI configuration form binary file. option: -p | Bypass warning message. -conf download <file> Download IPMI configuration to binary file. -conf tupload <file> <option> Upload IPMI configuration from text file. option: -p | Bypass warning message. -conf tdownload <file> Download IPMI configuration to text file. -clrint Clear chassis intrusion. -reset <index> Reset System and force to boot from device. -soft <index> Initiate a soft-shutdown for OS and force to boot from device. -recoverbiosinfo Get recovery BIOS information. -nvme list Display the existing NVME SSD list. -nvme info <aoc> <slot> NVME SSD information. -nvme locate <aoc> <slot> Locate NVME SSD. -nvme stoplocate <aoc> <slot> Stop locate NVME SSD. -nvme eject <aoc> <slot> Eject NVME SSD. -tp info Get MCU Info. -tp info <type> Get MCU Type Info. (type: 1 - 3) -tp nodeid Get Node ID.
Is it possible to reset the password on a SuperMicro IPMI interface?
after following your steps, and running CMD as administrator, I get an error on step 5 of your list, it says, “driveCan not find a valid IPMI device” (please note, that it literally says, “driverCan…” it’s not a typo on my part.
I have the problem that the ipmicfg-win.exe (32- and/or 64-bit) just freezes up and does squat.
Not yet tried it in failsafe mode, but it appears that this version (IPMICFG_1.33.2_build.220126) isn’t compatible with my server (H8DGi(6)(-F)), or I’ve missed something, and judging from the crack-heads that designed the manuals, I wouldn’t put it past me if I did.
Also, this (and others) tutorial doesn’t say anything about failsafe mode or reasons why it wouldn’t work or behave like this.
I found the culprit, although I think the programmers could’ve taken that extra and very crucial step to add some error coding.
The .dll file that came with it needs to be put in the Windows\System (and possibly in SysWow64) folder.
After that it worked like a charm and I was able to reset the password.
You ever get this figured out? I’m having the exact same problem on the same board. Thanks!