Article Summary: This article provides information on how to setup and manage your iDRAC 6 & Lifecycle Controller for 11G PowerEdge Servers.
iDRAC Default credentials:
Username = root
Password = calvin
The iDRAC6 enables you to remotely monitor, troubleshoot, and repair a Dell system even when the system is down.
The iDRAC6 offers a rich set of features like console redirection, virtual media, virtual KVM, Smart Card authentication, and single sign-on.
The management station is the system from which an administrator remotely manages a Dell system that has an iDRAC6.
The systems that are monitored in this way are called managed systems.
Optionally, you can install Dell™ OpenManage™ software on the management station as well as the managed system.
Without the managed system software, you cannot use the RACADM locally, and the iDRAC6 cannot capture the last crash screen.
For full details on the iDRAC, click here for the iDRAC User Guide.
The Following Systems ship by default with an iDRAC: R710, T610, R610, R810, R910
The following systems, T110, R210, R310, T310 , R410, T410, R510 ship with the following options:
BMC, IPMI2.0 compliant (Baseboard Management Controller)
Unified Server Configurator
LifeCycle Controller enabled via optional: iDRAC6 Express, iDRAC6 Enterprise and vFlash
To confirm that you have an iDRAC installed, check for the following entry (Figure 1 (English only)). It will appear near the end of the POST process.
Figure 1: Determine if iDRAC Is Installed
To configure your system to use an iDRAC6, use the iDRAC6 Configuration Utility.
To run the iDRAC6 Configuration Utility: (before starting, its always a good idea to update your system Firmware, check out how in "Step 6: Keep your iDRAC up to date")
Turn on or restart your system.
Press <Ctrl><E> when prompted during POST. If your operating system begins to load before you press <Ctrl><E>, allow the system to finish booting, and then restart your system and try again.
Configure the Lan On Motherboard (Network Card). Use the arrow keys to select LAN Parameters and press <Enter>. NIC Selection is displayed. Use the arrow keys to select one of the following NIC modes:
Dedicated — Select this option to enable the remote access device to utilize the dedicated network interface available on the iDRAC6 Enterprise. This interface is not shared with the host operating system and routes the management traffic to a separate physical network, enabling it to be separated from the application traffic. This option is available only if an iDRAC6 Enterprise is installed in the system. After you install the iDRAC6 Enterprise card, ensure that you change the NIC Selection to Dedicated. This can be done either through the iDRAC6 Configuration Utility, the iDRAC6 Web Interface, or through RACADM.
Shared — Select this option to share the network interface with the host operating system. The remote access device network interface is fully functional when the host operating system is configured for NIC teaming. The remote access device receives data through NIC 1 and NIC 2, but transmits data only through NIC 1. If NIC 1 fails, the remote access device will not be accessible. Basic Installation of the iDRAC6 35
Shared with Failover LOM2 — Select this option to share the network interface with the host operating system. The remote access device network interface is fully functional when the host operating system is configured for NIC teaming. The remote access device receives data through NIC 1 and NIC 2, but transmits data only through NIC 1. If NIC 1 fails, the remote access device fails over to NIC 2 for all data transmission. The remote access device continues to use NIC 2 for data
transmission. If NIC 2 fails, the remote access device fails over all data transmission back to NIC 1 if the failure in NIC1 has been corrected.
Shared with Failover All LOMs — Select this option to share the network interface with the host operating system. The remote access device network interface is fully functional when the host operating system is configured for NIC teaming. The remote access device receives data through NIC 1, NIC 2, NIC 3, and NIC 4; but it transmits data only through NIC 1. If NIC 1 fails, the remote access device fails over all data transmission to NIC 2. If NIC 2 fails, the remote access device fails over all data transmission to NIC 3. If NIC 3 fails, the remote access device fails over all data transmission to NIC 4. If NIC 4 fails, the remote access device fails over all data transmission back to NIC 1, only if NIC 1 failure is corrected
Configure the network controller LAN parameters to use DHCP or a Static IP address source.
Using the down-arrow key, select LAN Parameters, and press <Enter>.
Using the up-arrow and down-arrow keys, select IP Address Source.
Using the right-arrow and left-arrow keys, select DHCP, Auto Config or Static.
If you selected Static, configure the IP Address, Subnet Mask, and Default Gateway settings.
Select Save Changes and Exit.
Dell iDRAC6 Walkthrough Demo
Accessing the Web Interface. To access the iDRAC6 Web interface, perform the following steps: Open a supported Web browser window. To access the Web interface using an IPv4 address, go to step 2. To access the Web interface using an IPv6 address, go to step 3.
Access the Web interface using an IPv4 address; you must have IPv4 enabled: In the browser Address bar, type: https://<iDRAC-IPv4-address> Then, press <Enter>.
Access the Web interface using an IPv6 address; you must have IPv6 enabled. In the browser Address bar, type: https://[<iDRAC-IPv6-address>Then, press <Enter>.
If the default HTTPS port number, port 443, has been changed, type:https://<iDRAC-IP-address>:<port-number> where iDRAC-IP-address is the IP address for the iDRAC6 and port-number is the HTTPS port number.
In the Address field, type https://<iDRAC-IP-address> and press <Enter>. If the default HTTPS port number (port 443) has been changed, type: https://<iDRAC-IP-address>:<port-number> where iDRAC-IP-address is the IP address for the iDRAC6 and port-number is the HTTPS port number. The iDRAC6 Login window is displayed. Configuring the iDRAC6 Using the Web Interface 47 Logging In You can log in as either an iDRAC6 user or as a Microsoft Active Directory user. The default user name and password for an iDRAC6 user are root and calvin, respectively. You must have been granted Login to iDRAC privilege by the administrator to log in to iDRAC6.
In the Username field, type one of the following:
Your iDRAC6 user name. The user name for local users is case-sensitive. Examples are root, it_user, or john_doe.
Your Active Directory user name. Active Directory names can be entered in any of the forms <username>, <domain>\<username>, <domain>/<username>, or
<user>@<domain>. They are not case-sensitive. Examples are dell.com\john_doe,or JOHN_DOE@DELL.COM.
In the Password field, type your iDRAC6 user password or Active Directory user password. Passwords are case-sensitive.
From the Domain drop-down box, select This iDRAC for logging in as an iDRAC6 user, or select any of the available domains for logging in as a Active Directory user.
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Last Date Modified: 07/04/2017 05:26 AM