Using the Virtual Media Function on iDRAC6, iDRAC7, iDRAC8 and iDRAC9
This shows how to use the virtual media for Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) 6, 7, 8, or 9.
Summary:This shows how to use the virtual media for Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) 6, 7, 8, or 9.
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The virtual media function allows the remote usage of software image files (ISO files). ISO files can be used for installing operating systems or updating servers. This article provides information about using the virtual media function of the Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) 6, 7, 8 and 9.
Benefits of using the virtual media function are:
Updating all server firmware using the matching bootable image (ISO file) for your server.
Click on Virtual Media and then select the device that you want to pass through. In this example, Map CD/DVD is selected for the usage of an image (ISO file).
Figure8: iDRAC8 Select Media
Select the drive of the local system or the image file that you want to pass through by clicking on Browse.
Figure9: iDRAC8 Select source
If you want to pass through an image, select the file and click on Open.
Figure10: iDRAC8 Select file
Click on Map Device for finishing the source selection. The selected device is now visible in the operating system and can be used as boot source if supported.
Figure11: iDRAC8 Mapping the source device
For booting from the selected device, you can click on Next Boot and choose Virtual CD/DVD/ISO. After a restart, the server starts from this source automatically.
Figure 12: iDRAC8 Next Boot Selection
Map a Removable Disk (USB Key Mapping)
Note: USB drive mapping requires the use of Java connection mode.
Mapping a Removable Disk allows you to mount a USB drive on the remote server and use the files.
Click on Virtual Media and select the device that you want to pass through. In the example image (Figure 13), Map Removable Disk is chosen.
Figure 13: iDRAC8 Select Media
Select the drive of the local USB drive and then select Map Device.
Figure 14: iDRAC8 Select USB Drive
Once the USB drive is mapped, the drive appears in the server's device list.
Figure 15: iDRAC8 Server Device List
iDRAC6 and iDRAC7 (firmware versions 1.00.00 to 1.20.20)
Follow these directions to use the virtual media function on an iDRAC6 or iDRAC7 (firmware version 1.00.00 to 1.20.20):
Open the Virtual Console from the iDRAC web interface.
Figure 16: iDRAC6 and iDRAC7 Virtual Console
Click on Virtual Media and choose Launch Virtual Media.
Figure 17: iDRAC6 and iDRAC7 Launch Virtual Media
Now you see the management window. Click on Add Image to open the image selection window.
Figure 18: iDRAC6 and iDRAC7 Management Window
Select the image (ISO file) that you want to use as virtual media and then click Open.
Figure 19: iDRAC6 and iDRAC7 Image file selection
Check the Mapped checkbox to associate the selected file as a virtual device and pass it through to the server. The selected device is now visible in the operating system and can be used as boot source if supported. Restart the server and press F11 to enter the boot manager.
Figure 20: iDRAC6 and iDRAC7 Mapping the image file
Warning: Do not close the management window as long as you want to use the file and device association.
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How to use the iDRAC Virtual Media Function
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