Testing Disks Remotely using IPMI and Device Redirection
Diagnosing hard disk issues typically requires booting into DOS and using IDE mode in the bios. This is challenging when you don't have a DOS floppy disk or the server is at a remote location.
Seagate's SeaTools for DOS is a useful utility for hard disk testing. Using IPMI, I can download the ISO image to my local workstation and redirect it to boot a remote server.
It was necessary to change the SATA mode to "IDE" to allow the SeaTools utility to locate the disks.
Remote Hard Disk Drive Testing
Unfortunate, but good to know.