The iDRAC6 Configuration Utility is a pre-boot configuration environment that allows you to view and set parameters for the iDRAC6 and for the managed server. Specifically, you can:
- View the firmware revision numbers for the iDRAC6 and Primary Backplane firmware
- Enable, or disable the iDRAC6 local area network
- Enable or disable IPMI Over LAN
- Configure LAN parameters
- Enable or disable Auto-Discovery and configure the Provisioning Server
- Configure Virtual Media
- Configure Smart Card
- Change the administrative username and password
- Reset the iDRAC6 configuration to the factory defaults
- View System Event Log (SEL) messages or clear messages from the log
- Configure LCD
- Configure System Services
The tasks you can perform using iDRAC6 configuration utility can also be performed using other utilities provided by the iDRAC6 or Dell OpenManage software, including the Web-based interface, the SM-CLP command line
interface, and the local and remote RACADM command line interface.
Starting the iDRAC6 Configuration Utility
- Turn on or restart the server by pressing the power button on the front of the server.
- When you see the Press for Remote Access Setup within 5 sec..... message, immediately press .
NOTE: If your operating system begins to load before you press , allow the system to finish booting, then restart your server and try again.
The iDRAC6 Configuration Utility window is displayed. The first two lines provide information about the iDRAC6 firmware and primary backplane firmware revisions. The revision levels can be useful in determining whether a firmware upgrade is needed.
The iDRAC6 firmware is the portion of the information concerned with external interfaces, such as the Web-based interface, SM-CLP, and Web interfaces. The primary backplane firmware is the portion of the firmware that interfaces with and monitors the server hardware environment.
Using the iDRAC6 Configuration Utility
- Beneath the firmware revision messages, the remainder of the iDRAC6 Configuration Utility is a menu of items that you can access by using and .
- If a menu item leads to a submenu or an editable text field, press to access the item and to leave it when you have finished configuring it.
- If an item has selectable values, such as Yes/No or Enabled/Disabled, press , , or to choose a value.
- If an item is not editable, it is displayed in blue. Some items become editable depending upon other selections you make.
- The bottom line of the screen displays instructions for the current item. You can press to display help for the current item.
- When you have finished using the iDRAC6 Configuration Utility, press to view the exit menu, where you can choose to save or discard your changes or return to the utility. The following sections describe the iDRAC6 Configuration Utility menu items.
iDRAC6 LANUse , , and the spacebar to select between On and Off.
The iDRAC6 LAN is enabled in the default configuration. The LAN must be enabled to permit the use of iDRAC6 facilities, such as the Web-based interface, Telnet/SSH, Virtual Console, and Virtual Media.
If you choose to disable the LAN the following warning is displayed:
iDRAC6 Out-of-Band interface will be disabled if the LAN Channel is OFF.
Press any key to clear the message and continue.
The message informs you that in addition to facilities that you access by connecting to the iDRAC6 HTTP, HTTPS, Telnet, or SSH ports directly, out-of-band management network traffic, such as IPMI messages sent to the iDRAC6 from a management station, are not received when the LAN is disabled. The local RACADM interface remains available and can be used to reconfigure the iDRAC6 LAN.
IPMI Over LAN
Press , and the spacebar to choose between On and Off. When Off is selected, the iDRAC6 will not accept IPMI messages arriving over the LAN interface.
If you choose Off, the following warning is displayed:
iDRAC6 Out-of-Band IPMI interface will be disabled if IPMI Over LAN is OFF.
Press any key to clear the message and continue.
Press to display the LAN Parameters submenu. When you have finished configuring the LAN parameters, press to return to the previous menu.
Virtual Media Configuration
Press to select Detached, Attached, or Auto-Attached. When you select Attached, the Virtual Media devices are attached to the USB bus, making them available for use during Virtual Console sessions.
If you select Detached, users cannot access Virtual Media devices during Virtual Console sessions.
NOTE: To use a USB Flash Drive with the Virtual Media feature, the USB Flash Drive Emulation Type must be set to Hard disk in the BIOS Setup Utility. The BIOS Setup Utility is accessed by pressing during server start-up. If the USB Flash Drive Emulation Type is set to Auto, the Flash Drive will appear as a floppy drive to the system.
Press to select Enabled or Disabled.
Enabled - vFlash is available for partition management.
Disabled - vFlash is not available for partition management.
CAUTION: vFlash cannot be disabled if one or more partitions are in-use or is attached.
Choose this option to initialize the vFlash card. Initialize operation erases existing data on the SD card and all existing partitions are removed. You cannot perform initialize operation if one or more partitions are in use or attached. This option is accessible only if a card of size greater than 256 MB is present in the iDRAC Enterprise card slot and if vFlash is enabled
Press to initialize the vFlash SD card.
The initialize operation mail fail due to the following reasons:
- SD card is currently not present.
- vFlash is currently in use by another process.
- vFlash is not enabled.
- SD card is write-protected.
- One or more partitions are currently in-use.
- One or more partitions are currently attached.
vFlash PropertiesPress to view the following vFlash SD card properties:
- Name - Displays the name of the vFlash SD card inserted into the server's vFlash SD card slot. If it is a Dell SD card, it displays vFlash SD Card. If it is a non-Dell SD card, it displays SD Card.
- Size - Displays the vFlash SD card size in gigabytes (GB).
- Available Space - Displays the unused space on the vFlash SD card in megabytes (MB). This space is available to create more partitions on the vFlash SD card. For SD cards, the available space is displayed as 256MB. rite Protected - Displays whether the vFlash SD card is write-protected or not.
- Health - Displays the overall health of the vFlash SD card. This can be:
Press to exit.
Smart Card Logon
Press to select Enabled or Disabled. This option configures the Smart Card Logon feature. The available options are Enabled, Disabled, and Enabled with RACADM.
NOTE: When you select Enabled or Enabled with RACADM, IPMI Over LAN will be switched off and blocked for editing.
System Services Configuration
Press to select Enabled or Disabled. See the Dell Lifecycle Controller User Guide available on the Dell Support Website at dell.com/support/manuals for more information.
NOTE: Modifying this option will restart the server when you Save and Exit to apply the new settings.
NOTE: If you choose to restore to factory defaults, the settings for System Services does not change.
Cancel System Services
Press to select No or Yes.
When you select Yes, all Unified Server Configurator sessions are closed and the server is restarted when you Save and Exit to apply the new settings
Collect System Inventory on Restart
Select Enabled to allow the collection of inventory during boot. See the Dell Lifecycle Controller User Guide available on the Dell Support Website at dell.com/support/manuals for more information.
NOTE: Modifying this option restarts the server after you have saved your settings and exited from the iDRAC6 Configuration Utility.
NOTE: If you choose to restore to factory defaults, the settings for Collect System Inventory on Restart does not change.
Press to display the LCD Configuration submenu. When you have finished configuring the LCD parameters, press to return to the previous menu.
LAN User Configuration
The LAN user is the iDRAC6 administrator account, which is root by default.
Press to display the LAN User Configuration submenu. When you have finished configuring the LAN user, press to return to the previous menu.
Reset to Default
Use the Reset to Default menu item to reset all of the iDRAC6 configuration items to the factory defaults. This may be required, for example, if you have forgotten the administrative user password or if you want to reconfigure the iDRAC6 from the default settings.
Press to select the item. The following warning message is displayed:
Resetting to factory defaults will restore remote Non- Volatile user settings. Continue?
< NO (Cancel) >
< YES (Continue) >
Select YES and press to reset the iDRAC6 to the defaults.
Any of the following error messages is displayed if this operation fails:
- Reset command was not successful. Please try later- iDRAC is busy.
- Failed to restore settings to default values - Timeout.
- Not able to send Reset command. Please try later- iDRAC is busy.
System Event Log MenuThe System Event Log Menu allows you to view System Event Log (SEL) messages and to clear the log messages. Press to display the System Event Log Menu. The system counts the log entries and then displays the total number of records and the most recent message. The SEL retains a maximum of 512 messages.
To view SEL messages, select View System Event Log and press . Use to move to the previous (older) message and to move to the next (newer) message. Enter a record number to jump to that record. Press when you are through viewing SEL messages.
To clear the SEL, select Clear the System Event Log and press . When you have finished with the SEL menu, press to return to the previous menu.
Exiting the iDRAC6 Configuration Utility
- When you have finished making changes to the iDRAC6 configuration, press the key to display the Exit menu.
- Select Save Changes and Exit and press to retain your changes. If this operation fails, one of the following message is displayed:
- iDRAC6 Communication Failure - Displayed if iDRAC is not accessible.
- Some of the settings cannot be applied - Displayed when few settings cannot be applied.
- Select Discard Changes and Exit and press to ignore any changes you made.
- Select Return to Setup and press to return to the iDRAC6 Configuration Utility.
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