Malfunctioning servers are more than a nuisance — they often result in upset customers, employees, and/or lost money. One of the most critical jobs of IT is to ensure that the servers are functioning properly and wonderfully and will continue to do so. IPMI (Intelligent Platform Management Interface) seeks to become the new standard for this task. Today, I’m going to go tell you about this marvelous technology which has enabled sys admins to remotely monitor their herd back at the server farm. And despite the variety of servers within their flock, they can effectively monitor all the beasts from a single interface. We will show its advantages over traditional diagnostic software and give a brief rundown of how it functions. I’ll also tell you a few of the drawbacks that this growing technology has.