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bcarnegie
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Pinned topic IBM USB Remote NDIS Network Device

‏2011-10-25T20:32:04Z |
What exactly is this for? I haven't been able to find out a definate answer (even after using google). Can it be disabled if I am just using the onboard broadcom nics instead?
Updated on 2012-11-20T06:44:07Z at 2012-11-20T06:44:07Z by SystemAdmin
  • skyron
    skyron
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    Re: IBM USB Remote NDIS Network Device

    ‏2011-10-26T06:53:47Z  
    It is used for internal management for the Bladecenter, for management connection from Blade to Management module. You can just let it be, it won't connect to your external network.

    Blog: https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/mydeveloperworks/blogs/skyron?lang=en
  • bcarnegie
    bcarnegie
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    Re: IBM USB Remote NDIS Network Device

    ‏2011-10-26T14:26:13Z  
    • skyron
    • ‏2011-10-26T06:53:47Z
    It is used for internal management for the Bladecenter, for management connection from Blade to Management module. You can just let it be, it won't connect to your external network.

    Blog: https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/mydeveloperworks/blogs/skyron?lang=en
    I see it in servers that are not blades. Can it be disabled without any impact? Is there a link i can read that tells me exactly what it does?
  • gez
    gez
    71 Posts

    Re: IBM USB Remote NDIS Network Device

    ‏2011-10-26T19:32:28Z  
    • bcarnegie
    • ‏2011-10-26T14:26:13Z
    I see it in servers that are not blades. Can it be disabled without any impact? Is there a link i can read that tells me exactly what it does?
    The IBM USB Remote NDIS Network Device is used for inband management of the IMM. Its the interface the OS uses to talk with the IMM. For example, if you wanted to update the imm firmware with the windows/linux exe/bin file, this interface would need to be up, and the proper ipmi drivers loaded. Disabling it should not cause any functional impact other than the OS not being able to talk to the IMM. Though, I can't think of any reason why you would want to disable it...
  • bcarnegie
    bcarnegie
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    Re: IBM USB Remote NDIS Network Device

    ‏2011-10-26T19:45:44Z  
    • gez
    • ‏2011-10-26T19:32:28Z
    The IBM USB Remote NDIS Network Device is used for inband management of the IMM. Its the interface the OS uses to talk with the IMM. For example, if you wanted to update the imm firmware with the windows/linux exe/bin file, this interface would need to be up, and the proper ipmi drivers loaded. Disabling it should not cause any functional impact other than the OS not being able to talk to the IMM. Though, I can't think of any reason why you would want to disable it...
    excellent, thats what I was looking for.

    Thanks
    Brent
  • SystemAdmin
    SystemAdmin
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    Re: IBM USB Remote NDIS Network Device

    ‏2012-11-20T06:44:07Z  
    • bcarnegie
    • ‏2011-10-26T19:45:44Z
    excellent, thats what I was looking for.

    Thanks
    Brent
    So doesn't that mean if it is disabled, that the easy firmware update process using IBM UpdateXpress System Pack Installer (UXSPI) will fail?

    In which case it's better left alone....