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How to set up and manage your iDRAC 6 & Lifecycle Controller for Dell PowerEdge 11G servers


Table of Contents:

  1. Setup and Manage Your iDRAC
  2. Understanding and Configuring Your Lifecycle Controller


Article Summary: This article provides information on how to setup and manage your iDRAC 6 & Lifecycle Controller for 11G PowerEdge Servers.


Note: Dell 11G Servers include the following models: T110, T110 II, R210, R210 II, R310, T310, R410, T410, R415, R510, R515, R610, T610, R710, T710, R715, R810, R815, R910, M610x, M610, M710, M710HD, M810 and M915

1: Setup and Manage Your iDRAC

DRAC Default:

Username = root

Password = calvin


Getting Started With Your Integrated Dell™ Remote Access Controller 6 (iDRAC6)

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 those that want a more in depth introduction to the iDRAC6 please visit the following links:

Do I have an iDRAC installed?

The Following Systems ship by default with an iDRAC: R710, T610, R610, R810, R910

The following systems, T:110, R:210, R:310, T:310 , R:410, T:410, R:510 ship with the following options:

  • BMC, IPMI2.0 compliant (Baseboard Management Controller)

  • Dell™ OpenManage™

  • 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.

DRAC 2
Figure 1: Determine if iDRAC Is Installed


Determine the Features Available for Your iDRAC

There are 3 different versions of the iDRAC with varying levels of functionality (All 11G systems ship by default with a "Baseboard Management Controller" BMC)

  • iDRAC Express

  • iDRAC Enterprise

  • iDRAC Enterprise with VFlash



Configuring Your System to Use an iDRAC6

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")

  1. Turn on or restart your system.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

    1. Using the down-arrow key, select LAN Parameters, and press <Enter>.

    2. Using the up-arrow and down-arrow keys, select IP Address Source.

    3. Using the right-arrow and left-arrow keys, select DHCP, Auto Config or Static.

    4. If you selected Static, configure the IP Address, Subnet Mask, and Default Gateway settings.

    5. Press <Esc>.

  4. Press <Esc>.

  5. Select Save Changes and Exit.

    Dell iDRAC6 Walkthrough Demo



Accessing the web interface
  1. 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.

  2. 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>.

  3. 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>.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.



Login to the iDRAC
  1. 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.

  2. 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.

    Note: For Active Directory users, if you have specified the domain name as a part of the Username, select This iDRAC from the drop-down menu
  3. Click OK or press <Enter>.


Using vFlash

The Dell vFlash media card provides additional functionality to customers who already have an iDRAC6 enterprise card. Dell vFlash media is a Dell-branded 8 GB secure digital (SD) card that inserts into the iDRAC6 enterprise daughter card. This white paper discusses how to set up an use the vFlash. Using Dell™ vFlash



Keep your iDRAC up to date

The current version of the Dell Remote Access Controller is: iDRAC6 – v1.80 Monolithic (standalone servers); v3.32 Modular (Blades) - Released in November 2011

For instructions on how to upgrade Dell iDRAC firmware visit:

Newest Features for v1.7 Firefox 3.6 support Hardware and firmware inventory Faster Web GUI performance Option to add User Work Notes in logs Virtual Console can now be launched without Active Directory or Single Sign-On (from https://mydrac/console)


Information on Troubleshooting DRAC Issues can be found here:Troubleshooting iDRAC6 Issues


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2: Understanding and Configuring Your Lifecycle Controller

Dell Lifecycle Controller simplifies server lifecycle management— from provisioning, deployment, patching and updating to servicing and user customization—for servers located both locally and remotely.

It was delivered as part of the Dell Remote Access Controller or iDRAC (Express, Enterprise and vFlash) starting with Dell PowerEdge 11G servers.

More information regarding the Dell Lifecycle Controller can be found here: Lifecycle Controller.

Lifecycle Controller reduces the time and number of steps taken to accomplish tasks, reduces potential for error, enhances server and application uptime and security, and results in more efficient IT management.

Developed on the industry standard Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) platform and Web Services for Management (WSMan) interfaces, Lifecycle Controller provides an open environment for console integration that also allows for custom scripting for Lifecycle Controller.

Leading systems management consoles (e.g., Microsoft® System Center Configuration Manager, BMC Software BladeLogic® Operations Manager, Symantec™ Deployment Solution, Dell™ Management Console) have integrated Dell Lifecycle Controller, thus offering its features and capabilities to existing infrastructures where those consoles are installed.



Why did Dell develop Lifecycle Controller?

When Dell examined common management tasks and the inefficiencies associated with them, we discovered something interesting, it wasn’t the tools that were making management tasks take so long, it was how they were delivered. The most common activities like provisioning, deploying, and updating required multiple tools, multiple forms of media and scouring the Web for the latest enablement tools, including drivers and firmware.

This traditional delivery model resulted in inefficient use of time, a potential for error and potential exposure to security risks.

The following Videos will give you a real insight into the power of the "Lifecycle Controller".



Dell Repository Manager

Dell Repository Manager (DRM) is an application that allows IT Admins to more easily manage system updates. Repository Manager provides a searchable interface used to create custom collections known as bundles and repositories of Dell Update Packages (DUPs).

These bundles and repositories allow for the deployment of multiple firmware updates at once.

Get more installation information, white papers, videos and more Dell Repository Manager.



Repository Manager How To Videos

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Article ID: SLN85572

Last Date Modified: 06/18/2015 09:02 AM


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