Supermicro A1SRM-2558F not issuing IPs from LAN's DHCP



  • Hi all,

    I'm having an odd issue here, I'm trying to get PfSense to work with a Supermicro A1SRM-2558F, it does install on a 30GB SSD, even it can be installed on a SanDisk 8GB USB Key, but the issue relies on the LAN side/interface (igb1), since I'm not able to get any IP from the DHCP server using the default config or even when I configure the interface with my own settings:

    IP: 192.168.50.1/24  DHCP Scope: 192.168.50.200-240

    I tried using 3 different switches from Cisco SMB, HP, Dell, all of them are managed with default settings, no VLANs nor LACP configured, I also tried using a Windows 10 client with a static IP (192.168.50.112/24) to try to connect to the pfSense web interface without any positive results.

    However I can get an IP from the WAN interface (igb0) which is 10.0.0.0/24, I even installed PfSense 2.3.1 and updated it from the CLI to 2.3.4 without any fuss, also tried to use igb1 as WAN and igb0/2 as LAN and the result is the very same.

    The best part is that I have 3 servers just like this and all 3 are presenting the same behavior, so before opening a RMA for all of them with Supermicro I figured I can ask you guys if there's something I can tweak or modify in order to get one of these servers as my gateway/firewall in my homelab.

    I'll appreciate any pointers.

    Thanks,



  • Sounds like the pfSense interfaces aren't being assigned properly.

    1.) The 2558F has an IPMI interface. On the IPMI "System Information" screen you should see a list of interfaces, BMC, LAN1, LAN2, etc. and the associated MAC addresses.
    2.) HINT: The IPMI/BMC interface doesn't negotiate well with some switches and likes being nailed up to 100M Half Duplex if you have connectivity issues with IPMI.
    3.) Assuming the 2558 and 2758 are similar, except for the CPU, LAN1 is the lower left port, LAN2 is the lower right, LAN3 upper left, LAN4 upper right. BMC (IPMI) is stacked over some USB ports.
    4.) On the pfSense console, go to selection 8) Shell, and type: dmesg| grep igb
    5.) Match the MAC addresses LAN1/igb0, LAN2/igb1, etc.
    6.) Make sure pfSense, Supermicro and your fingers are assigning WAN and LAN interfaces appropriately



  • @NetworkGuy:

    Sounds like the pfSense interfaces aren't being assigned properly.

    1.) The 2558F has an IPMI interface. On the IPMI "System Information" screen you should see a list of interfaces, BMC, LAN1, LAN2, etc. and the associated MAC addresses.
    2.) HINT: The IPMI/BMC interface doesn't negotiate well with some switches and likes being nailed up to 100M Half Duplex if you have connectivity issues with IPMI.
    3.) Assuming the 2558 and 2758 are similar, except for the CPU, LAN1 is the lower left port, LAN2 is the lower right, LAN3 upper left, LAN4 upper right. BMC (IPMI) is stacked over some USB ports.
    4.) On the pfSense console, go to selection 8) Shell, and type: dmesg| grep igb
    5.) Match the MAC addresses LAN1/igb0, LAN2/igb1, etc.
    6.) Make sure pfSense, Supermicro and your fingers are assigning WAN and LAN interfaces appropriately

    Thanks,

    I solved this by updating the BIOS and cleared the CMOS on the A1SRM-2558F, here's more information since I opened a thread in Reddit:

    https://www.reddit.com/r/PFSENSE/comments/6y0m39/supermicro_a1srm2558f_not_issuing_ips_from_lans/


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