Remote server management for HP Z2 series workstations

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Hi all,

Re: Z2-series HP workstations, "mini", "SFF", and "tower", do any of these have capability for remote server management such as IPMI?

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Not IPMI specifically but their datasheet states they support vPro/AMT so there is at least remote power control. Most likely remote KVM console will also be available. There is no dedicated out of band management port so management need to be on the same user network.
 
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Not IPMI specifically but their datasheet states they support vPro/AMT so there is at least remote power control. Most likely remote KVM console will also be available. There is no dedicated out of band management port so management need to be on the same user network.
I can't speak to the Z2 series, but having AMT doesnt mean it'll have remote console. My HP Z420 with E5-1650 has AMT, but it's only some very basic event log and power control, no remote console.
 
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I can't speak to the Z2 series, but having AMT doesnt mean it'll have remote console. My HP Z420 with E5-1650 has AMT, but it's only some very basic event log and power control, no remote console.
I wish I had discovered the first generation of Z-workstations when I first got into this. Fantastic value on the second hand market.

Edit: What's the noise of your Z420 like?
 
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Fantastic value on the second hand market.

Edit: What's the noise of your Z420 like?
Yep, especially ones like the z600 that can handle dual x5670 processors and 96GB of ecc reg memory pretty much like a deskside server, except quiet.

My z420 is quite quiet, even with the fans all set to 100% and full of 256GB of 32GB LRDIMMs. I don't utilize all the resources in that machine, but since the cooling is set to 100%, I wouldn't expect the sound to change.
 

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I can't speak to the Z2 series, but having AMT doesnt mean it'll have remote console. My HP Z420 with E5-1650 has AMT, but it's only some very basic event log and power control, no remote console.
Per Intel's website How To Create Intel® Active Management Technology KVM Solutions, KVM was introduced in AMT 6.0. If you login through the standard webpage at port 16992/16993, you will probably not see KVM. The same is true for my Lenovo M93p Tiny. Logging into the webpage doesn't reveal KVM even though it has AMT 9.x.

But using MeshCommander available at www.meshcommander.com allows me to connect through KVM.
 
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Per Intel's website How To Create Intel® Active Management Technology KVM Solutions, KVM was introduced in AMT 6.0. If you login through the standard webpage at port 16992/16993, you will probably not see KVM. The same is true for my Lenovo M93p Tiny. Logging into the webpage doesn't reveal KVM even though it has AMT 9.x.

But using MeshCommander available at www.meshcommander.com allows me to connect through KVM.
Hmmm interesting, I'll have to look into that. Although I use my Z420 as my main desktop with just a couple testing VMs, not my main server, so it's not a big deal to me either way.
 
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I wish I had discovered the first generation of Z-workstations when I first got into this. Fantastic value on the second hand market.

Edit: What's the noise of your Z420 like?
I have a Z600 and Z620 and I would avoid the 620, 640s. They require you to purchase a daughter board for the 2nd CPU. What's more you must have a special PCIe plate that contains a guide for the riser. Installing the riser also blocks the topmost PCIe Gen2 X1 slot (not to worry there are Gen3 slots on the Zx20s). 600s (PCIe Gen2 only), 820s, 840s are better because the second socket is part of the motherboard. My 600/620's fans at 100% are noticable and somewhat annoying but not 1 RU 40mm 15KRPM-unbearable.

What I don't like about the Zx20/Zx40 series the most is the PSU is custom and you can't install a generic one. This doesn't apply to the 400-series.
 
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I have a Z600 and Z620 and I would avoid the 620, 640s. They require you to purchase a daughter board for the 2nd CPU. What's more you must have a special PCIe plate that contains a guide for the riser. Installing the riser also blocks the topmost PCIe Gen2 X1 slot (not to worry there are Gen3 slots on the Zx20s). 600s (PCIe Gen2 only), 820s, 840s are better because the second socket is part of the motherboard. My 600/620's fans at 100% are noticable and somewhat annoying but not 1 RU 40mm 15KRPM-unbearable.

What I don't like about the Zx20/Zx40 series the most is the PSU is custom and you can't install a generic one. This doesn't apply to the 400-series.
Yep, that's what I disliked about some of the older Dell workstations too--that daughterboard setup.

I believe there are adapters for the power supply available from moddiy:
 

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No doubt those converters work, but these OE PSUs are custom form factors, as in thin and long; no way to install a standard power supply. Their tool less nature is their saving grace but barely.