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Running SuperMicro IPMIView on MacOS

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/03/16

I wrote about SuperMicro mainboards and IPMIView recently, but that ran only on Windows and Linux. Since I focus my desktop mainly on MacOS, and never on Linux, I did not want to use the Windows IPMView (though it did work most of the time).

Not having a MacOS version sounded odd, as there was an iOS version:

[WayBack] ‎Supermicro IPMIView on the App Store “This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.”

A quick search made me find a few links:

The last one looked most promising, so I forked it.

Following the steps already made me write down a few notes for changes in the file.

But then I bumped into a strange error when wanting to use the KVM Console from IPMIView, as it threw the same error all the time:

".jre/Contents/Home/bin/java": error=2, No such file or directory

I made a quick note in [WayBack] KVM Console cannot start due to java not found · Issue #1 · jpluimers/ · GitHub:

When starting a KVM Console, you get this error: ".jre/Contents/Home/bin/java": error=2, No such file or directory

Try to fix this.

Later I dug a bit deeper, and managed to fix it in the script steps of the

git clone
mkdir -p Resources/IPMIView
pushd Resources/IPMIView/
tar -zxvf ~/Downloads/IPMIView*.tar.gz --strip=1
pushd jre/
mkdir -p Contents/Home/bin
pushd Contents/Home/bin
ln -s `which java` java
rsync -avlo ~/Applications/

Of course I ran into another problem on one of my SuperMicro machines: the KVM Console would consistently crash. Luckily that was solved by a IPMI Firmware Upgrade:

[WayBack] java – Supermicro IPMIView KVM Console does not work at all – Server Fault

The problem was the firmware for the IPMI on these boards was too old (not the same as the BIOS – updating the BIOS will not help in this case). Digging around SuperMicro’s site (never did get a reply from them), I found the Firmware Revision of 3.20 & was able to install it. On the IPMI device tab, under “Device Information”, you should see: Firmware Revision 3.20 IPMI Revision: 2.0 I can now see the KVM Console in both the IPMIView software


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