Dell CMC, A05

Dell Chassis Management Controller (CMC) Firmware version 1.01

The CMC provides the following management features:

* Dynamic Domain Name System (DNS) registration

* Remote system management and monitoring using a Web interface,
iKVM, or Telnet/SSH connection.

* Support for Microsoft(C) Active Directory(C) authentication — Centralizes
CMC user IDs and passwords in Active Directory using the Standard
Schema or an Extended Schema.

* Monitoring — Provides access to system information and status of

* Access to system event logs - Provides access to the hardware log and
CMC log.

* Dell OpenManage(TM) software integration - Enables you to launch the
CMC Web interface from Dell OpenManage Server Administrator or IT

* CMC alert — Alerts you to potential managed node issues through an email
message or SNMP trap.

* Remote power management - Provides remote power management
functions, such as shutdown and reset on any chassis component, from a
management console.

* Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) encryption — Provides secure remote system
management through the Web interface.

* Password-level security management — Prevents unauthorized access to a
remote system.

* Role-based authority — Provides assignable permissions for different
systems management tasks.

* Launch point for the Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC)
Web-based interface.

* Support for WS-Management.

The CMC provides the following security features:

* User authentication through Microsoft(C) Active Directory(C) (optional) or
hardware-stored user IDs and passwords.

* Role-based authority, which enables an administrator to configure specific
privileges for each user.

* User ID and password configuration through the Web-based interface or

* SMCLP CLI and Web-based interface operation, which supports 128-bit
SSL encryption and 40-bit SSL encryption (for countries where 128-bit is
not acceptable).
NOTE: Telnet does not support SSL encryption.

* Configurable IP ports (where applicable).

* Login failure limits per IP address, with login blocking from the IP address
when the limit is exceeded.

* Limited IP address range for clients connecting to the CMC.

* Secure Shell (SSH), which uses an encrypted layer for higher security.

* WS-Management requires client to provide the SSL CA certificate for secure
connection. The certificate can be extracted from CMC via remote racadm
tool with sslcertdownload or openssl tool with s_client -showcerts.

Fixes & Enhancements

Fixes and Enhancements in 1.01 over 1.0:
* Address CMC version information displayed on the CMC, iDRAC and
other OpenManage GUI's (IT Assistant and Server Administrator).

* Address possibility of both CMC's going active when under abnormal
network stress.

* Address possibility of a CMC failing over to standby CMC that was
not connected to the network.

* Address an issue where Changing AC limit does not alter server power

* Address issue where racadm getniccfg -m server-x (where x could be 1
to 16) was failing on a fully populated chassis.

* Address issue in a Redundant CMC environment where the health of the
CMC web server was not being monitored and hence failed to perform a
failover when required.

* Address issue on the CMC log page on the GUI where special characters
were causing the page to be malformed.


Version A05, A05


Chassis System Management

Release date

12 Mar 2008

Last Updated

07 Jul 2012


Available formats

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Installation instructions
Custom Instructions for CMC_1.01_A05__README.TXT:

1. Click the Download Now link to download the file.
2. If the File Download window appears, click Save to save the file to your hard drive.
3. View the file in your browser or using a standard text editor.

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1. Click the Download Now link to download the file.
2. When the File Download window appears, click Save to save the file to your hard drive.

Extract Files
1. Browse to the location where you downloaded the file and double-click the new file to unzip the download package.
2. Specify the location to unzip the files.
3. Click on the unzip button to extract files.
4. Use the CMC user interface or CLI (RACADM) tool to perform the CMC firmware update.

NOTE: The contents include the CMC readme file, CMC firmware image and the digital signature for the CMC firmware (CMC_1.01_A05__README.TXT, firmimg.cmc and firmimg.cmc.sign).

NOTE: Before a subsequent firmware update is performed on another module, such as a KVM or other CMC, you must verify the firmware update has been successfully completed. This can be done using racadm -s -m , or through the GUI, by checking "Firmware Update Progress" in the Update tab for that module.
Warning: Do not turn off your computer or disconnect from your power source while updating the BIOS or you may harm your computer. During the update, your computer will restart and you will briefly see a black screen.

This driver has been tested by both the independent software vendor (ISV) and Dell on the operating systems, graphics cards, and application supported by your device to ensure maximum compatibility and performance. Details

Dell recommends applying this update during your next scheduled update cycle. The update contains feature enhancements or changes that will help keep your system software current and compatible with other system modules (firmware, BIOS, drivers and software).