Help Me Choose: iDRAC7 systems management technology
iDRAC7 helps you manage Dell servers in physical, virtual, local and remote environments, operating in-band or out-of-band, with or without a systems management software agent. iDRAC7 alerts you to server problems, enabling remote server management and reducing your need to physically visit the server.
Dell Lifecycle Controller
The Lifecycle Controller is delivered through 2GB of managed and persistent storage, eliminating the media-based delivery of system management tools and utilities. Lifecycle Controller's delivery model simplifies the server lifecycle management experience, from provisioning to deployment, patching/updates, service, as well as user customization. It also reduces the time to accomplish tasks, reduces potential for error, improves security and can result in more efficient enterprise management by enabling agent-free systems management. When utilizing iDRAC7 with Lifecycle Controller, it is not necessary to also install the OpenManage Server Administrator software agent.
OpenManage Essentials – Server Configuration Management
OpenManage Essentials –Server Configuration Management (ConfigMgmt) capabilities focus on the automation of PowerEdge server bare-metal deployment, quick and consistent replication of server configurations, and an automated maintenance process that helps ensure PowerEdge configurations remain in compliance with a customer’s pre-defined baseline setting.
Standardized templates and processes are utilized to easily, accurately and rapidly replicate server configurations and OS deployments, reducing the possibility of errors and ensuring server availability. Server configuration can be done as a single process –even before the server is ever turned on – to speed time to productivity.
Pre-requisites to utilization and access to the functionality and benefits of OpenManage Essentials Server Configuration Management are the purchase of iDRAC with Lifecycle Controller Enterprise or Express and the installation of the OpenManage Essentials console software. OpenManage Essentials is available as a no-charge software download from www.dell.com/OME.
Choosing an iDRAC7 option
When choosing one of the four iDRAC7 options, consider how you want to manage your server.
• iDRAC7 Enterprise – “I want to manage the server as if I were there.”
• iDRAC7 Express for Blades – “I want the features of Express with virtual console access to my blades.”
• iDRAC7 Express – “I want embedded tools, console integration, simplified remote access.”
• Basic Management with IPMI – “I want basic, low-cost server management.”
• OpenManage Essentials Server Configuration Management - “I want to automate PowerEdge server bare metal deployment, replication of server configurations and maintenance operations."
- The iDRAC7 Enterprise is an upgrade option for all servers 200 series and above. When purchased at point of sale, you can also buy either an 8GB or 16GB vFlash card.
Note: Virtual Console is only available with iDRAC7 Enterprise. The only exception is Express for Blades, which allows for a single user Virtual Console with remote launch.
- The iDRAC7 Express is offered as an upgrade for 200–500 series servers and is standard with 600–900 series servers.
- Express for Blades is an option on all blades.
|Server Lines||200-500 |
|iDRAC7 Express for Blades||-||-|
|vFlash SD card (8 or 16GB)|
After Point of Sale — Upgrade Options
New with Dell's 12th-generation servers, you can evaluate and purchase upgrades from Dell — right from your iDRAC web GUI. Depending on the server series, you may need to install hardware to obtain full-feature functionality.
For 200–500 series: If you are evaluating iDRAC7 Enterprise, certain features are not available, as they require a hardware component to enable, such as dedicated NIC and vFlash for partitions. All other features can be enabled via a software license key. No server reboot is required. Log out of iDRAC and log back in for the changes to take effect. If you purchase an upgrade, there are several options available, depending on if you need the features that require the hardware card. If you do, you can order the card without the vFlash or order it with the 8GB or 16GB version.
Note: Installing the iDRAC Ports card requires you to turn off the server.
For 600 series and above: You have a choice of ordering the software license or the license with either size SD card. Note that both the dedicated NIC port and the SD slot for the vFlash are present on the system, but neither is active until the license key has been activated. You can buy an SD card locally of any size (say 16, 32 or higher). You can create multiple partitions on the SD card, but individual partition size is limited to 4GB.
The tables below list some of the high-level features of iDRAC7 Enterprise, Express for Blades, Express and Basic Management.
|OpenManage Essentials - Server Configuration Management (ConfigMgmt) is available with iDRAC7 Enterprise, iDRAC7 Express for Blades and iDRAC7 Express. The functionality of OpenManage Essentials Server ConfigMgmt is the same across all levels of iDRAC7.|
Note: Also requires installation of the OpenManage Essential console software, available as a no-charge download from www.dell.com/OME
|Automate bare-metal deployment and replication of PowerEdge server hardware configuration(s) |
Maintain PowerEdge server hardware configuration(s) with pre-defined baseline(s), detect drift, and enforce consistency
iDRAC7 Express for Blades
Basic Management (IPMI)
iDRAC7 Express for Blades
|Interface and Standards Support|
|SNMP and IPMI Discovery||-|
|RACADM command-line (SSH & local)||-|
|RACADM command-line (remote)||-|
|NTP and time zone support||-|
|Shared/failover network modes (rack and tower only)|
|Dedicated NIC 1Gbps||-||-||*||*|
|Security and Authentication|
|“Generic” LDAP support||-||-||-|
|PK Authentication (for SSH)||-||-||-|
|Remote Management and Remediation|
|Remote firmware update||*|
|Server power control|
|Serial-over-LAN (with proxy)|
|Serial-over-LAN (no proxy)||-|
|Last crash screen capture||-|
|Last crash video capture/ playback||-||-||-|
|Boot video capture/ playback||-||-||-|
|Virtual Console sharing*||-||-||-|
|Remote Virtual Console Launch||-||-||-|
|Virtual Console Chat||-||-||-|
|Remote File Share||-||-||-|
|Virtual Flash Partitions||-||-||-|
|Monitoring and Power|
|Sensor monitoring & alerting|
|SNMP Alerts (v1, v2)||-|
|Historical power counters||-|
|Real-time power monitoring||-|
|Real-time power graphing||-|
|Real-time power capping||-||-||-|
|Enterprise Group Power Management||-||-||-|
|System Event Log||*|
|Lifecycle Controller Log||*|
|Unified Server Configurator||*|
|One to Many Hardware Configuration (WSman or RACADM)||-|
|Asset Inventory Export||-|
|Remote Services (via WSMAN)||-|
|System Back up and Restore||-||-||-|