Avid AS3000 Servers AKA GB101-HA - Updated

Avid have been shipping their AS3000 servers for a number of years (since 2011) as System Directors for their ISIS|7000 / 7500 as well as various servers used within their Interplay PAM / MAM product (Media Engine / Media Indexers etc). Other than the odd Avid KB articles (see update below) and the AS3000 setup guide there is little information about the product and its specifications and drivers etc.

Avid obviously don't make their own servers and in the case of the AS3000 it is actually made by AIC, and it appears to be the bare bones enclosure GB101-HA that is used for the AS3000.
The AIC site has a number of useful documents and might hold some clues for you should you need a little more detail for technical troubleshooting or getting replacements parts for units that are now out of support.


While the AS3000 has not been shipped for a while and has had it End of Life announced it is a still found in use in a majority of Interplay environments. There are a number of articles that describe instaling RAM as well as updating BIOS revisions..I have drawn some of the important ones together below.

AS3000 Setup Guide - This is a general document that will help you navigate through the initial setup of the server. 

Installing additional RAM in AS3000: - While 48GB can be physically installed into the server only 32GB is addressable by 2008R2 Svr. 

Update to BIOS 2.40 - Most AS3000 servers will have shipped with the 1.90 revision. Avid is recommending that servers BIOS is updated to 2.40, as well as updating BMC and sensors checks. The documentation for choosing the right autoexec is rather vague and I triggered the updates manually by selecting the right batch file.  

Using the IPMI port
The AS3000 has an IPMI interface allowing for remote monitoring of the systems environment and allowing it to be turned on and off remotely. Information on this is scant at best and the username and password not as described. in some documentation. Heres my findings.

The IPMI port is the bottom left port when looking at the rear of the server. Labelled as port 3 on the rear 
The IP address for the port is assigned within the BIOS under the BMC settings. It can be made DHCP or Static. The Mac address of the port can also be seen here. 

NOTE: To access the BIOS press the delete key during the boot stage.

Once the IP address has been assigned type the IP address into a browser and you will be asked for a username and password. Most manuals say that this is U=admin and PW=admin. This is NOT the case. Use U=root and PW=superuser to gain access to the interface.

Server Health and Remote Control are perhaps the most useful sections to monitor here.