TCS unable to connect to IMM IPMI with empty password - IBM Systems


RETAIN tip: H211096


If the password of the Integrated Management Module (IMM) Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) account is empty, then ToolsCenter Suite (TCS), Advanced Settings Utility (ASU), and Dynamic System Analysis (DSA) fail to connect to the IMM through IPMI.

The following error message occurs:

  'Fail to connect to the IMM, authority fail' system:blade[6]

Affected configurations

The system is configured with at least one of the following:

This tip is not system specific.

This tip is not option specific.

Note: This does not imply that the network operating system will work under all combinations of hardware and software.

Please see the compatibility page for more information:


This behavior will be corrected in a future release of ASU.

The target date for this release is fourth quarter 2013.

The file is or will be available by selecting the appropriate Product Group, type of System, Product name, Product machine type, and Operating system on IBM Support's Fix Central web page, at the following URL:


Create the IMM IPMI account with a non-empty password.

Additional information

The current ASU will use 'PASSW0RD' as password to connect to IMM through IPMI when the IPMI account password is empty, resulting in the issue described.

The future release of ASU version 13D will set the password according to the user definition, whether it is empty or not.

The TCS and DSA will follow the ASU fix.

Applicable countries and regions


Document id:  MIGR-5093948
Last modified:  2013-10-24
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