Accessing IPMI and Changing IPMI Password¶
By default, the IPMI port is configured to be a DHCP client. When connected to a network with DHCP, the IP address will appear in the lower right corner of the screen during boot.
The IPMI Username and Password were ADMIN/ADMIN.
Changing the IPMI Password¶
The IPMI password for Netgate appliances can be changed either through the browser-based IPMI console or using ipmitool directly in pfSense.
IPMI Web Console¶
To change the IPMI password, begin by accessing the IPMI GUI using a web browser and the IPMI IP Address. Log in to the IPMI console.
Configuration -> Users.
Highlight the Administrator and click
Check the box by
Change Password, enter the new password and confirm it by typing it a second time, then click
OKon the message window that says “Modified user successfully.”
If you do not have access to the IPMI web interface, ipmitool is packaged with pfSense by default and can be used to change the password through the pfSense graphical interface or logged into the firewall over SSH as the root user.
Command Promptand load the IPMI kernel module. Enter the following command and click
List the IPMI users available. By default, Netgate appliances use the user name ADMIN. Be aware that the username is case-sensitive.
ipmitool user list
That should return:ID Name Callin Link Auth IPMI Msg Channel Priv Limit 1 true false false Unknown (0x00) 2 ADMIN true false false Unknown (0x00) 3 true false false Unknown (0x00) 4 true false false Unknown (0x00) 5 true false false Unknown (0x00) 6 true false false Unknown (0x00) 7 true false false Unknown (0x00) 8 true false false Unknown (0x00) 9 true false false Unknown (0x00) 10 true false false Unknown (0x00)
Reset the password for the necessary user. The default ADMIN user will be User ID 2, and the example below sets the password to NETGATE.
ipmitool user set password 2 NETGATE
If successful, the output will be:Set User Password command successful (user 2)
Unload the IPMI kernel module since we’re done with it: