IPMI Ingester#

The IPMI Ingester collects Sensor Data Record (SDR) and System Event Log (SEL) records from any number of IPMI devices.

The configuration file provides a simple host/port, username, and password field for connecting to each IPMI device. SEL and SDR records are ingested in a JSON-encoded schema. For example:

    "Type": "SDR",
    "Target": "",
    "Data": {
        "+3.3VSB": {
            "Type": "Voltage",
            "Reading": "3.26",
            "Units": "Volts",
            "Status": "ok"
        "+5VSB": {...},
        "12V": {...}

    "Target": "",
    "Type": "SEL",
    "Data": {
        "RecordID": 25,
        "RecordType": 2,
        "Timestamp": {
            "Value": 1506550240
        "GeneratorID": 32,
        "EvMRev": 4,
        "SensorType": 5,
        "SensorNumber": 81,
        "EventType": 111,
        "EventDir": 0,
        "EventData1": 240,
        "EventData2": 255,
        "EventData3": 255


To install the Debian package, make sure the Gravwell Debian repository is configured as described in the quickstart. Then run the following command as root:

apt update && apt install gravwell-ipmi

To install the Redhat package, make sure the Gravwell Redhat repository is configured as described in the quickstart. Then run the following command as root:

yum install gravwell-ipmi

To install via the standalone shell installer, download the installer from the downloads page, then run the following command as root, replacing X.X.X with the appropriate version:

bash gravwell_ipmi_installer_X.X.X.sh

You may be prompted for additional configuration during the installation.

The Docker image is available on Dockerhub.

Basic Configuration#

The IPMI ingester uses the unified global configuration block described in the ingester section. Like most other Gravwell ingesters, the IPMI ingester supports multiple upstream indexers, TLS, cleartext, and named pipe connections, a local cache, and local logging.

The configuration file is at /opt/gravwell/etc/ipmi.conf. The ingester will also read configuration snippets from its configuration overlay directory (/opt/gravwell/etc/impi.conf.d).

Configuration Options#

IPMI uses the default set of Global configuration options. IPMI devices are configured with an “IPMI” stanza and each stanza can support multiple IPMI devices that share the same credentials. For example:

[IPMI "Server 1"]

The IPMI stanza is simple, only taking one or more Targets (the IP:PORT of the IPMI device), username, password, tag, and a poll rate, in seconds. The default poll rate is 60 seconds. Optionally, you can set a source override to force the SRC field on all ingested entries to another IP. By default, the SRC field is set to the IP of the IPMI device.

Additionally, all IPMI stanzas can use the “Preprocessor” options, as described here.