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What is iDRAC?

The integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) with Lifecycle Controller is embedded within every Dell PowerEdge™ server and provides functionality that helps IT administrators deploy, update, monitor, and maintain Dell servers with no need for any additional software to be installed. The Dell iDRAC works regardless of operating system or hypervisor presence because from a pre-OS or bare-metal state, iDRAC is ready to work because it is embedded within each server from the factory.
If you are new to iDRAC with Lifecycle Controller, check out the "how to" videos we have on here.
The Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) is designed to make server administrators more productive and improve the overall availability of Dell servers. iDRAC alerts administrators to server issues, helps them perform remote server management, and reduces the need for physical access to the server.

iDRAC Service Module

The integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) Service Module is an optional, lightweight software application that can be installed on Dell 12th Generation Servers with iDRAC7 to provide additional systems management information. This lightweight agent runs in the host operating system and provides monitoring functionality similar to OpenManage Server Administrator (OMSA). This new offering bridges the gap between iDRAC's monitoring coverage and that which the full OMSA agent provides today. Some of the key features include:
  • Lifecycle Controller Log replication in OS log (for Server Hardware Information via the OS/Hypervisor Log itself)
  • Watchdog functions for dependent iDRAC monitoring functions:
    • Host name
    • OS Name
    • OS Version
The new iSM page in the iDRAC GUI can be used to select the monitoring functions required. For more installation information, please review the Dell iDRAC Service Module 1.0 Installation Guide. You can also take a look at this blog post about installing and configuring iSM.

Table 1: iDRAC7 and iDRAC 8 Manuals
DRAC8 and iDRAC7

Downloads and Release Notes

Current Version (25 June 2018)

Download main page

iDRAC7/12th Generation PowerEdge Download

iDRAC8 13th Generation PowerEdge Download

Table 2: User Guides

iDRAC7 (and 8) Documentation

iDRAC User’s Guide PDF

Redfish API Reference Guide PDF


Dell Lifecycle Controller GUI User's Guide PDF

Dell Lifecycle Controller Remote Services Quick Start Guide PDF

12/13G Lifecycle Controller Driver Pack (v 17.02.02)*

Article ID: SLN311149

Last Date Modified: 05/15/2019 02:46 PM

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