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Dell PowerEdge Server Start-up guide - From 9th to 14th generation





You have just unboxed your brand new PowerEdge server and now it is time to install it in its rack, get its iDRAC setup and install the operating system to be able to integrate it into your infrastructure. This guide is here to help you through all the steps needed, providing as well the best practices to ensure an optimal configuration and perforamce, as well as making maintenance and management as easy as possible.

This article starts with how to set up and configure a 14th generation (14G) PowerEdge server, which is the latest generation. For information on How to setup and manage the iDRAC for older generations of servers, take a look at the bottom of this page for 13G, 12G, 11G, 10G, and 9G. You're not sure about the generation of your server? Take a look at our article on how to identify your server's generation.

Note: To discover the latest generation of PowerEdge servers, visit www.dellemc.com/servers.

Dell PowerEdge 14G servers

The PowerEdge 14G is the latest generation of servers released in July 2017. The complete list of new features as well as the steps required to configure your new server to make the most of all its features are explained below.


Steps to get started:

  1. Installing the system in its new location
  2. Configuring the iDRAC for better system management
  3. Logging in the iDRAC web interface
  4. Configuring the LifeCycle Controller (LCC)
  5. Installating an Operating System
  6. Learn more about Systems Management

Additional Features and Resources:

  1. Update Strategies
  2. Embedded Hardware Diagnostic
  3. Embedded SupportAssist
  4. Additional Resources

Getting Started Guides for 9th or 13th generation servers


1. Setting up the system

  1. Unpack the system

  2. Install the system into the rack. How to physically install a server in a rack or tower mode is explained in the article SLN305548

  3. Connect the peripherals to the system

  4. Connect the power and turn on the system. It can be done by pressing the power button or by using the iDRAC


2. Configure the iDRAC

The Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) is designed to make system administrators more productive and improve the overall availability of Dell systems. The iDRAC alerts administrators about system issues, helps them perform remote system management and reduces the need for physical access to the system.

The initial configuration of the iDRAC 9 and the LifeCycle Controller is explained step by step in this article.


3. Log in to iDRAC

To login into the iDRAC Web User Interface, the first step is to open a browser and enter the address IP, the address by default is 192.168.0.120. There are also others ways to connect to the iDRAC using command line protocols (SSH, RACADM).

The login screen will be displayed. If you have opted for secure default access to iDRAC, the iDRAC secure default password is available on the back of the system Information tag. If you have not opted for secure default access to iDRAC, then the default username and password are "root" and "calvin".

The Secure Password will be located on a sticker on the underside of the system tag with the Service Tag information. If the default password on the sticker is blank, it means that the default password is "calvin". "root" remains the username.


Fig. 1: Sticker with secure default password

Note: In the iDRAC settings, it is possible to enable directory log in (Microsoft AD or LDAP).

For more information about logging in to the iDRAC and iDRAC licenses, see the latest Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller User's Guide at Dell.com/idracmanuals.


4. Configure and Launch the LifeCycle Controller (LCC)

Dell Lifecycle Controller is an advanced embedded systems management technology that enables remote server management using integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC). Using Lifecycle Controller, you can update the firmware using a local or Dell-based firmware repository. The OS Deployment wizard available in Lifecycle Controller enables you to deploy an operating system.

To access the LCC, please press F10 during startup. The lifecycle controller shares an IP address with one of the server network cards. The IP address has to be configured at least once to use the update and the OS installation feature. This page explains how to the initial set up of the Lifecycle Controller.



5. Installation of an Operating System

The embedded LifeCycle Controller simplifies the installation of the Operating System with the "OS Deployment" feature. When using this feature, drivers are pre-loaded before the installation process. The OS is smoothly installed as all components are well recognized by the OS.

Find all details in the dedicated article How to install the operating system on a Dell PowerEdge Server? - SLN129177


6. Learn more about Systems Management

Dell delivers management solutions that help IT Administrators effectively deploy, update, monitor, and manage IT assets. OpenManage solutions and tools allow you to quickly respond to problems by helping them to manage Dell EMC servers effectively and efficiently; in physical, virtual, local, and remote environments, operating in-band and out-of-band (agent-free). Learn more here.


7. Update Strategies

Dell PowerEdge servers offer a wide variety of options for keeping firmware and drivers up to date. Whether you want to update a single driver on a single system, or if you want to update all your systems at once, Dell provides many useful tools to simplify the process.

For more information read the dedicated How-To article Tutorial to Update a PowerEdge - SLN300662.



8. Embedded Hardware Diagnostic

The Hardware Diagnostics is embedded in the Lifecycle Controller and has a physical (as opposed to logical) view of the attached hardware, so it can identify hardware problems that the operating system and other online tools cannot identify.

Find all details in the dedicated article How to Run Hardware Diagnostics on your PowerEdge Server - SLN283546.


9. Embedded SupportAssist

Starting with the 14th generation of PowerEdge servers, SupportAssist is now embedded in the integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC). When registered, SupportAssist automatically identifies hardware faults, creates a case, and initiates contact from Dell EMC to the customer.

For the registration read the dedicated article PowerEdge 14G - How to register the iDRAC embedded SupportAssist? - SLN306712

For troubleshooting, you can export the SupportAssist Collection (link to SLN306712) through the iDRAC web interface even without a registration.


10. Additional Resources

qrl.dell.com is an online application that provides videos to handle the server's components.
The videos and documents include a wide range of topics, such as:
  • Step-by-step videos, including overviews of system internals and externals, as well as detailed, concise, task-oriented videos
  • Reference materials, including searchable Owner’s Manual content, LCD diagnostics, and an electrical overview

11. Previous generation servers

How to identify the generation of a server is explained in the article SLN294897


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Article ID: SLN285802

Last Date Modified: 01/23/2018 03:02 AM


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