The Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) is designed to make server administrators more productive and improve the overall availability of Dell servers. iDRAC7 alerts administrators to server issues, helps them perform remote server management, and reduces the need for physical access to the server.
Since the iDRAC with Lifecycle Controller Firmware version update 188.8.131.52 [release date: 05 April 2015], provides support for using a single iDRAC firmware across Dell 12th and 13th generation PowerEdge servers, iDRAC7 and iDRAC8 are functionally the same.
iDRAC7 with Lifecycle Controller technology is part of a larger datacenter solution that helps keep business critical applications and workloads available at all times. The technology allows administrators to deploy, monitor, manage, configure, update, troubleshoot and remediate Dell servers from any location, and without the use of agents. It accomplishes this regardless of operating system or hypervisor presence or state.
If you need help setting up or managing your iDRAC and Lifecycle Controller, refer to the knowledge base article Out of The Box Setup Information for Dell 12G & 13G PowerEdge Servers or the How to Setup and Manage Your iDRAC or CMC for Dell PowerEdge 9G, 10G, 11G, 12G and Blade Chassis Servers article.
If your iDRAC becomes slow or unresponsive, refer to the knowledge base article Additional iDRAC Troubleshooting for assistance.