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Configuring the iDRAC6 Using the Web Interface

Summary: The iDRAC6 provides a Web interface that enables you to configure the iDRAC6 properties and users, perform remote management tasks, and troubleshoot a remote (managed) system forSee more

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For everyday systems management, use the iDRAC6 Web interface. This chapter provides information about how to perform common systems management tasks with the iDRAC6 Web interface and provides links to related information. Most Web interface configuration tasks can also be performed with RACADM commands or with Server Management-Command Line Protocol (SM-CLP) commands. Local RACADM commands are executed from the managed server. SM-CLP and SSH/Telnet RACADM commands are executed in a shell that can be accessed remotely with a Telnet or SSH connection.

CAUTION: When you refresh the browser by clicking "Refresh" or pressing F5, you may get logged out of the Web Graphical User Interface (GUI) session or be redirected to the "System Summary" page.

Accessing the Web Interface

To access the iDRAC6 Web interface, perform the following steps:

  1. Open a supported Web browser window.
    To access the Web interface using an IPv4 address, go to step 2.
    To access the Web interface using an IPv6 address, go to step 3.
  2. Access the Web interface using an IPv4 address; you must have IPv4 enabled:
    In the browser Address bar, type: https://<iDRAC-IPv4-address> Then, press <Enter>.
  3. Access the Web interface using an IPv6 address; you must have IPv6 enabled.
    In the browser Address bar, type: https://[<iDRAC-IPv6-address>] Then, press <Enter>.
  4. If the default HTTPS port number, port 443, has been changed, type: https://<iDRAC-IP-address>:<port-number> where iDRAC-IP-address is the IP address for the iDRAC6 and port-number is the HTTPS port number.
  5. In the Address field, type https://<iDRAC-IP-address> and press <Enter>.
    If the default HTTPS port number (port 443) has been changed, type: https://<iDRAC-IP-address>:<port-number> where iDRAC-IP-address is the IP address for the iDRAC6 and port-number is the HTTPS port number.
    The iDRAC6 Login window is displayed.


Logging In You can log in as either an iDRAC6 user or as a Microsoft Active Directory user. The default user name and password for an iDRAC6 user are root and calvin, respectively. You must have been granted Login to iDRAC privilege by the administrator to log in to iDRAC6.

To log in, perform the following steps:

  1. In the Username field, type one of the following:
  2. Your iDRAC6 user name. The user name for local users is case-sensitive. Examples are root, it_user, or john_doe.
  3. Your Active Directory user name. Active Directory names can be entered in any of the forms <username>, <domain>\<username>, <domain>/<username>, or <user>@<domain>. They are not case-sensitive. Examples are\john_doe,or JOHN_DOE@DELL.COM.
  4. In the Password field, type your iDRAC6 user password or Active Directory user password. Passwords are case-sensitive.
  5. From the Domain drop-down box, select This iDRAC for logging in as an iDRAC6 user, or select any of the available domains for logging in as a Active Directory user.
    NOTE: For Active Directory users, if you have specified the domain name as a part of the Username, select This iDRAC from the drop-down menu.
  6. Click OK or press <Enter>.


Logging Out

  1. In the upper-right corner of the main window, click Logout to close the session.
  2. Close the browser window.


NOTE: The Logout button does not appear until you log in.
NOTE: Closing the browser without logging out may cause the session to remain open until it times out. It is strongly recommended that you click the logout button to end the session; otherwise, the session may remain active until the session timeout is reached.
NOTE: Closing the iDRAC6 Web interface within Microsoft Internet Explorer using the close button ("x") at the top right corner of the window may generate an application error. To fix this issue, download the latest Cumulative Security Update for Internet Explorer from the Microsoft Support website, located at
CAUTION: If you have opened multiple Web GUI sessions either through or to access the same iDRAC6 from the same management station, and then log out of any one session, all the Web GUI sessions will be terminated.

Using Multiple Browser Tabs and Windows

Different versions of Web browsers exhibit different behaviors when opening new tabs and windows. Microsoft Internet Explorer version 7 and version 8 have the option to open tabs and windows. A tab inherits characteristics of a recently opened tab. Press <Ctrl–T> to open a new tab from the active session and log in again. Press <Ctrl–N> to open a new browser window from the active session. You are logged in with already authenticated credentials. Closing a tab expires all iDRAC6 Web interface tabs. Also, if you log in with Power User privileges on one tab, and then log in as Administrator on another tab, then privileges of the first log in is acquired on both tabs. Tab behavior for Mozilla Firefox 3 is same as Microsoft Internet Explorer version 7 and version 8 .

Configuring the iDRAC6 NIC

This section assumes that the iDRAC6 has already been configured and is accessible on the network.

Configuring the Network and IPMI LAN Settings

NOTE: You must have Configure iDRAC permission to perform the following steps.
NOTE: Most DHCP servers require a server to store a client identifier token in its reservations table. The client (iDRAC, for example) must provide this token during DHCP negotiation. The iDRAC6 supplies the client identifier option using a one-byte interface number (0) followed by a six-byte MAC address.
NOTE: If you are running with Spanning Tree Protocol (STP) enabled, ensure that you also have PortFast or a similar technology turned on as follows: - On the ports for the switch connected to iDRAC6 - On the ports connected to the management station running an iDRAC Virtual

Console session

NOTE: You may see the following message if the system halts during POST: Strike the F1 key to continue, F2 to run the system setup program One possible reason for the error is a network storm event, which causes you to lose communication with the iDRAC6. After the network storm subsides, restart the system.


  1. Click iDRAC Settings® Network/Security® Network.
  2. On the Network page, you can enter Network settings, Common iDRAC6 settings, IPv4 settings, IPv6 settings, IPMI settings, and VLAN settings.
  3. After entering the required settings, click Apply.

The new settings made to the Network page are saved.

NOTE: Changes to the NIC IP address settings close all user sessions and users must reconnect to the iDRAC6 Web interface using the updated IP address settings. For all other changes the NIC must be reset, which may cause a brief loss in connectivity.

Configuring IP Filtering and IP Blocking

NOTE: You must have Configure iDRAC permission to perform the following steps.


  1. Click iDRAC Settings® Network/Security and then click the Network tab to open the Network page.
  2. Click Advanced Settings to configure the network security settings.
  3. After configuring the settings, click Apply. Saves any new settings that you made to the Network Security page.


Adding and Configuring iDRAC6 UsersTo manage your system with the iDRAC6 and maintain system security, create unique users with specific administrative permissions (or role-based authority).

To add and configure iDRAC6 users, perform the following steps:

NOTE: You must have Configure Users permission to configure an iDRAC user.


  1. Click iDRAC Settings® Network/Security® Users.
    NOTE: User 1 is reserved for the IPMI anonymous user and you cannot change this configuration.
  2. In the User ID column, click a user ID number.

    On the User Main Menu page, you can configure a user, view or upload a user certificate, upload a trusted certification authority (CA) certificate, view a trusted CA certificate, upload a Secure Shell (SSH) public key file or view or delete a specified SSH key or all SSH keys.

    If you select Configure User and click Next, the User Configuration page is displayed.
  3. On the User Configuration page, configure the following:
  4. The username, password, and access permissions for a new or existing iDRAC user. Table 6-3 describes General User Settings.
  5. The user’s IPMI privileges. Table 6-4 describes the IPMI User Privileges for configuring the user’s LAN privileges.
  6. The iDRAC user privileges. Table 6-5 describes the iDRAC User Privileges.
  7. The iDRAC Group access permissions. Table 6-6 describes the iDRAC Group Permissions.
  8. When completed, click Apply Changes.
  9. Click Go Back To Users Page to return to the Users Page.





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12 Mar 2021



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