Dell PowerEdge - What is the default username and password for iDRAC?

Dell PowerEdge - What is the default username and password for iDRAC?

When a system that has an iDRAC ships from Dell. The iDRAC has a default user name and password setup either a default or a secure password.

Default iDRAC login

When the iDRAC (integrated Dell Remote Access Control) is not configured, the default credentials are.
  • Username: root
  • Password: calvin

Secure Password

For iDRAC9, a new feature called "secure password" is available during the purchase configuration.
  • 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 is 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 credentials root/calvin have to be used.

Pull out tab with iDRAC password.
Fig. 1: Sticker with secure default password

  1. Information tag (Top view)
  2. Information tag (Bottom view)
  3. OpenManage Mobile (OMM) label
  4. iDRAC MAC address and iDRAC secure password label

It is possible to reset the password through the iDRAC settings in the F2 menu at startup.
Also it is possible to reset the password to "factory default" with the following racadm command:

racadm racresetcfg -all

To reset the password to the legacy password, please use the following racadm command:

racadm racresetcfg -rc

Note: More tutorials about the iDRAC are available in the article SLN300677 - How-To Dell Server: iDRAC

What is the "Default Password Warning" on iDRAC? SEC0701

Default username and password of iDRAC is widely known to everyone. To change the default password, or any user can access the server and make changes using default credentials. With Default Password Warning feature in iDRAC, you are warned when iDRAC have default username and password (root/calvin).

Whenever a user, with the Configure User privilege, logs in to iDRAC or SSH/Telnet or executes racadm commands remotely and the default credentials are configured, a warning message is displayed (SEC0701). Because GUI and SSH/Telnet users logs in once per session they see a single warning message for each session. Because remote racadm users log in for every command, they see a warning message for every command.

While having default credentials makes iDRAC insecure, iDRAC can become even more insecure if it can be accessed from the Internet (or other large network where different trust boundaries exist) when the default credentials are configured. If any of the following items is configured the possibility exists that iDRAC could go from being inaccessible on the Internet to being accessible.

Whenever a user, with the Configure User privilege, logs in to iDRAC via Web GUI. The default credentials are configured, the Default Password Warning Message is displayed. From this page user can either change the password for root user or user can keep default password and proceed with iDRAC login. There will be an option to disable Default Password Warning feature on this page. This page will not be shown, if user changes the password for user "root" or disables the Default Password Warning feature.

iDRAC9 Change Password.

iDRAC7/8 Change Password.

Figure 2: Default Password Warning

Default Password Warning feature can be enabled or disabled from iDRAC Overview -> iDRAC Settings -> User Authentication -> Local Users page under the section titled "Default Password Warning."

I cannot remember the iDRAC Password

If the iDRAC password is lost, the solution is to reset the iDRAC to default setting. How to reset the iDRAC is explained in this article.

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Article ID: SLN306783

Last Date Modified: 01/17/2020 05:16 AM

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