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Enterprise-class servers define high-demand, high-availability technology and accessibility. If your servers have a problem, you need to know about it and you need the tools to deal with it. Immediately.

Enter the Dell Remote Access Card (DRAC), a premium solution specifically designed to meet the needs of network managers who require full-featured remote command of their servers. DRAC is a combination of hardware and software. Every server that you would like to monitor remotely requires a DRAC.

Now in its fifth generation, DRAC 5 is based on industry-standard technologies that Dell has implemented With DRAC, it’s easier than ever to maximize your server uptime and minimize workflow interruption in the event of a problem.

Like previous versions, DRAC 5 provides immediate notification to remote administrators in the event of a change in server status. And like previous versions, the new DRAC 5 allows you to power on, power off, or power cycle your DellTM  PowerEdgeTM  servers regardless of their status – even if the OS is in a state of irretrievable lock.

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Hands-on control. Across the network

Dell, guided by our direct relationships with customers, has improved the DRAC features and functionality so that it is the next best thing to being there.

Consider DRAC’s Virtual Media feature. Virtual Media allows a user to supply a CD, DVD or floppy in the system at their location and command the remote server to read it as though it were the local device on the server.

And because DRAC permits remote console operation, you can configure that server effortlessly as well. Want to reinstall a complete OS from scratch using CDs on a computer half a mile away from your PowerEdge server? DRAC makes it possible.

With DRAC 5, Virtual Media is more secure than ever. We’ve integrated encrypted browser connectivity via SSL (Secure Sockets Layer), thus ensuring private packet transmission during remote management. In combination with secure authentication and integrated with Active Directory, this should help ensure that you, and only you, are in command of your PowerEdge.

Also available only with the latest DRAC: a persistent 16 MB virtual flash. Consider this an emergency PowerEdge tool kit – it’s a section of memory, independent of the rest of the server, which stores anything you please, such as an emergency boot image or diagnostic tools.

Maintaining standards of excellence

All of these unique features are consistent with industry standards. DRAC now supports the Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI) 2.0 standard and IPMI tools. Also new for DRAC: SM-CLP (SMASH Command Line Protocol) support.

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