Last Updated: February 25, 2016
· xandout

ESXi ipmitool(works on any Linux system as well)

So I have my lab up and fairly stable and decided I needed to configure IPMI on my ESXi nodes.  Being lazy, I decided I did not want to shut my hosts down for any reason.  Given that ESXi does not have a package manager, or repo to my knowledge I knew I had to get ipmitool binaries on the machines.  I found a post here that pointed me in the right direction.


Files Needed

  • ipmitool sources
  • Linux ( I used Ubuntu 12.04.3)
  • build-essentials
  • 32 bit build libraries (gcc-multilib libc6-i386 libc6-dev-i386) Process I used

tar zxvf ipmitool-1.8.11.tar.gz

 cd ipmitool-1.8.11/

./configure CFLAGS=-m32 LDFLAGS=-static


Moving the files

scp ./src/ipmitool user@ip.of.esxi:/scratch/

Configuring IPMI

./ipmitool lan set 1 ipsrc static

./ipmitool lan set 1 ipaddr IP.FOR.ESXi.IPMI

./ipmitool lan set 1 defgw ipaddr DEF.GW

./ipmitool lan set 1 netmask

./ipmitool user set name 2 root

./ipmitool user set password 2 Pa$$w0rD

./ipmitool user enable 2

./ipmitool lan print 1

Once that is done, you can just wire it in and have fun.




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I had been following the same post you referenced by Ryan Chapman trying to compile an ESXi compatible build of ipmitool. I've been tearing my hair out as I'm not a Linux person nor a developer. Your pre-compiled binary of ipmitool seemed to be a godsend but it doesn't work for me. When I run it I get the following:

./ipmitool: /lib/ version `GLIBC_2.7' not found (required by ./ipmitool)

This is on ESXi 5.1 build 799733 as well as update 2 build 2000251. Any suggestions?

over 1 year ago ·

It looks like it would need to be recompiled to target an older GLib. I may try to get it running on that version of ESXi.

over 1 year ago ·

On ESX 5.1, I couldn't eliminate the shared libraries from being used until I added the configure option '--disable-ipmishell' which was causing '', etc. to be pulled in. Also, 'libc' was still a shared library, even after adding '-static-libgcc' to 'LDFLAGS'. So I had to build 'ipmitool' on a system that had a compatible '', where executing /lib/ gave the same version as the ESX host.
It finally did build and work though. Thanks!

over 1 year ago ·

Thanks Jeff!!!!

over 1 year ago ·