Support for Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller 7 (iDRAC7)

Summary: Dell integrated Dell Remote Access Controller 7, iDRAC7, provides comprehensive, embedded management across the PowerEdge family of servers, automation that lets your organizationSee more

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Support for the Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller 7

  • Agent-free local and remote embedded server management
  • Automate with RESTFul API with Redfish support
  • Deploy, update, monitor, and maintain your server

The iDRAC provides comprehensive, embedded management across the PowerEdge family of servers, automation that lets your organization grow, and security that ensures peace of mind. From the variety of tools and technologies in the OpenManage portfolio, you can build a management solution that matches your needs, and by leveraging iDRAC, ensures optimal server management.

iDRAC7 has reached both the End of Sale as of February 2017 and End of Software Maintenance as of February 2020. The last release of iDRAC7 firmware is version 2.65.65.65. Learn more >
 

Dell EMC iDRAC7

Benefits of iDRAC7

Increased Availability: Early notification of potential or actual failures that help prevent a server failure or reduce recovery time after failure.
Improved Productivity and Lower Total Cost of Ownership: Extending the reach of administrators to larger numbers of distant servers can make IT staff more productive while driving down operational costs such as travel.
Secure Environment: By providing secure access to remote servers, administrators can perform critical management functions while maintaining server and network security.
Enhanced Embedded Management through Lifecycle Controller: Lifecycle Controller provides deployment and simplified serviceability through Lifecycle Controller GUI for local deployment and Remote Services (WS-Management) interfaces for remote deployment integrated with Dell OpenManage Essentials and partner consoles.
 
 

Dell EMC iDRAC7

Licensing for iDRAC7

iDRAC7 features are available based on the type of the license, for complete listing of licensed features, expand the following feature list:

iDRAC7 Licensed Features

Feature iDRAC7 Basic iDRAC7 Express iDRAC7 Express for Blades iDRAC7 Enterprise
Interfaces / Standards
IPMI 2.0 Yes Yes Yes Yes
DCMI 1.5 No No No No
Web-based GUI No Yes Yes Yes
RACADM command line (local/remote) No Yes Yes Yes
Redfish Yes Yes Yes Yes
SMASH-CLP (SSH-only) No Yes Yes Yes
Telnet No Yes Yes Yes
SSH No Yes Yes Yes
WSMAN Yes Yes Yes Yes
Network Time Protocol No Yes Yes Yes
Connectivity
Shared NIC (LOM) Yes Yes N/A Yes
Dedicated NIC1 No No Yes Yes
VLAN tagging Yes Yes Yes Yes
IPv4 Yes Yes Yes Yes
IPv6 No Yes Yes Yes
DHCP No No No No
Dynamic DNS No Yes Yes Yes
OS pass-through No No No No
Front panel USB No No No No
Security
Role-based authority Yes Yes Yes Yes
Local users Yes Yes Yes Yes
SSL encryption Yes Yes Yes Yes
IP blocking No No No No
Directory services (AD, LDAP) No No No Yes
Two-factor authentication (smart card) No No No Yes
Single sign-On (kerberos) No No No Yes
PK authentication (for SSH) No No No No
Remote Presence
Power control Yes4 Yes Yes Yes
Boot control No No No No
Serial-over-LAN Yes Yes Yes Yes
Virtual Media No No Yes Yes
Virtual Folders No No No Yes
Remote File Share No No No Yes
Virtual Console No No Single user Yes
VNC connection to OS No No No Yes
Quality/bandwidth control No No No No
Virtual Console collaboration (up to six simultaneous users) No No No No
Virtual Console chat No No No Yes
Virtual Flash partitions No No No Yes

Power and Thermal

Automatic power on after loss No No No No
Real-time power meter Yes Yes Yes Yes
Power thresholds and alerts (includes headroom) No No No No
Real-time power graphing No Yes Yes Yes
Historical power counters Yes Yes Yes Yes
Power capping No No No Yes
Power Center integration No No No No
Temperature monitoring No No No No
Temperature graphing No No No No

Health Monitoring

Full agent-free monitoring No No No No
Predictive failure monitoring No No No No
SNMPv1, v2, and v3 (traps and gets) No Yes Yes Yes
Email Alerting No Yes Yes Yes
Configurable thresholds No No No No
Fan monitoring Yes Yes Yes Yes
Power Supply monitoring No Yes Yes Yes
Memory monitoring No No No No
CPU monitoring No No No No
RAID monitoring No No No No
NIC monitoring No No No No
HD monitoring (enclosure) No No No No
Out of Band Performance Monitoring No No No No

Update

Remote agent-free update Yes3 Yes Yes Yes
Embedded update tools No No No No
Sync with repository (scheduled updates) No No No Yes
Auto-update No No No No

Deployment and Configuration

Embedded OS deployment tools No No No No
Embedded configuration tools (iDRAC Settings Utility) No No No No
Embedded configuration wizards (Lifecycle Controller wizards) No No No No
Auto-Discovery No Yes Yes Yes
Remote OS deployment No No No No
Embedded driver pack No No No No
Full configuration inventory No No No No
Inventory export No No No No
Remote configuration No Yes Yes Yes
Zero-touch configuration No No No No
System Retire/Repurpose No No No No
Diagnostics, Service, and Logging
Embedded diagnostic tools Yes Yes Yes Yes
Part Replacement No Yes Yes Yes
Server Configuration Backup No No No Yes
Server Configuration Restore No No No Yes
Easy Restore (system configuration) No No No No
Health LED / LCD No No No No
iDRAC Service Module (iSM) No Yes Yes Yes
SupportAssist Collection (embedded) No Yes Yes Yes
Crash screen capture5 No Yes Yes Yes
Crash video capture5 No No No Yes
Boot capture No No No Yes
Manual reset for iDRAC No No No No
Virtual NMI No No No No
OS watchdog No No No No
Embedded Health Report No No No No
System Event Log No Yes Yes Yes
Lifecycle Log No No No No
Work notes No No No No
Remote Syslog No No No Yes
License management No No No No
[1] Requires vFlash SD card media.
[2] 500 series and lower rack and tower servers require a hardware card to enable this feature; this hardware is offered at additional cost.
[3] Remote agent-free update feature is available only using IPMI.
[4] Available only using IPMI.
[5] Requires OMSA agent on target server.
iDRAC Licenses / Server Model 200-500 Series Rack / Tower / Modular 600+ Rack / Tower / Modular
Basic: Basic instrumentation with iDRAC web GUI, this is the default license included with 200-500 series rack and tower servers. Standard n/a
Express: All the features of Basic and expanded remote management and server lifecycle features, this is the default license included with 600+ series rack, tower, and modular servers. Upgrade Standard
Enterprise: All the features of Express and additional remote presence features with advanced, Enterprise-class, management capabilities. Upgrade Upgrade

An iDRAC license is a perpetual license that is valid for the life of a server, and can be bound to the Service Tag of only one server at a time. Upgraded iDRAC license can be included at time of server purchase or purchased separately and downloaded from Dell Digital Locker.

Trial License:
  • A 30-day evaluation Enterprise trial license is available to fully test and experience all the features to help with purchasing decision. Learn More and download >
Upgrade License:
  • To upgrade an iDRAC license, please contact your local Dell EMC sales representative.
Downloading an upgraded or replacing a lost license:
  • The iDRAC license can be downloaded from Dell Digital Locker. License keys will be stored online and can be downloaded if needed. If an existing license key in not available in the Dell Digital Locker or there is an issue with a license key, please contact Dell EMC Technical Support or Customer Care.

Managing iDRAC Licenses

iDRAC licenses can be managed on either an individual server basis or through the Dell EMC License Manager which is a one-to-many license and deployment tool.
  • Individual server
    Utilize iDRAC to manage the license for an individual server. iDRAC web interface, License tab can be utilized to import, export licenses or RACADM CLI License command can be utilized to manage licenses as described in the RACADM CLI Guide.
  • Group of servers
    Dell EMC License Manager is a one-to-many license deployment and reporting tool for OpenManage Enterprise Advanced, iDRAC, and CMC licenses. By using License Manager, you can download, bind, deploy, inventory and back up OpenManage Enterprise Advanced Licenses as well as iDRAC, CMC, and storage sled license. This tool can also inventory licensable systems to report the licensing status and features of the currently enabled management controller.
 
 

Dell EMC iDRAC7

Update to latest iDRAC7 Firmware

iDRAC7 has reached both the End of Sale as of February 2017 and End of Software Maintenance as of February 2020. The last release of iDRAC7 firmware is version 2.65.65.65.  
  • End of Sale Date
    • The last date to purchase a Dell EMC OEM PowerEdge server with iDRAC firmware through Dell EMC.
    • After this date, there are no planned feature release.
    • Security updates and bug fixes will be addressed on a as needed basis.
  • End of Software Maintenance Date
    • The last date for Dell EMC iDRAC Engineering to release any software maintenance releases or bug fixes.
    • After this date, iDRAC Engineering is no longer obligated to maintain or repair the firmware.
    • The planned End of Software Maintenance date is 3 years after the End of Sale date.
  • Hardware versus iDRAC Firmware Support
    • iDRAC hardware is covered under the server hardware contract.
    • Active hardware support contracts will continue to receive hardware support for the life of the contract.
    • iDRAC firmware support is not tied to the hardware support contract.
    • Released iDRAC firmware updates are available regardless of support contract.

Dell EMC recommends keeping your system up to date with the latest iDRAC7 firmware available. This ensures the best performance as well as the latest security updates and bug fixes. iDRAC updates do not require a reboot of the host, allowing for in place updates. The iDRAC7 firmware version for a server model may vary from other server models with iDRAC7. To download the latest iDRAC7 firmware for your system:

  • Navigate to Dell.com/support and select the server model or enter the service tag.
  • Select Drivers & Downloads tab
  • Select Category iDRAC with Lifecycle Controller
  • Optionally, select the Operating system for your system
  • Download the latest version provide for iDRAC with Lifecycle Controller firmware
 
 
 

Resources for iDRAC7

Community

Engage in the Systems Management community to find:

  • Boards to post questions and answers
  • Blogs to read and comment on articles
  • Idea exchanges to improve products and vote for ideas that other community members have posted
  • And more...

Documentation

Select your iDRAC7 firmware version, then the Documentation tab for the version specific documentation.

White Papers and Server Configuration Profiles (SCP) Files

In-Band iDRAC SNMP Alerts by using iDRAC Service Module


January 2017
14 page white paper
This White Paper provides information about the usage, configuration and troubleshooting of In-Band iDRAC SNMP Alerts in iDRAC Service Module v2.3 or later.

Read the white paper

iDRAC Service Module - iDRAC Access via Host Operating System


January 2017
17 page white paper
This White Paper provides information about the usage and troubleshooting of iDRAC Access via Host Operating System feature in iDRAC Service Module v2.3 or later.

Read the white paper

iDRAC CPU Hard Reset using iDRAC Service Module (minimum version 2.3.0)


July 2016
8 page white paper
This White Paper provides information about the usage and troubleshooting of iDRAC CPU Hard Reset feature in iDRAC Service Module v2.3 or later.

Read the white paper

In-Band iDRAC SNMP Alerts by using iDRAC Service Module


July 2016
13 page white paper
This White Paper provides information about the usage and troubleshooting of InBand iDRAC SNMP Alerts in iDRAC Service Module v2.3 or later.

Read the white paper

iDRAC Service Module - iDRAC Access via Host Operating System


July 2016
18 page white paper
This White Paper provides information about the usage and troubleshooting of iDRAC Access via the Host Operating System feature in iDRAC Service Module v2.3 or later.

Read the white paper

iDRAC Service Module 2.1 or later on Ubuntu & Debian Linux Operating Systems


September 2015
19 page white paper
This White Paper provides information about the usage and troubleshooting of iDRAC Service Module v2.1 or later on Ubuntu and Debian Linux Operating systems.

Read the white paper

iDRAC Service Module - Windows Management Instrumentation


April 2015
17 page white paper
This White paper is about using iDRAC Service Module to monitor the various hardware profiles through the Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) client interfaces such as Windows PowerShell, Windows Management Instrumentation Command-line, Windows Remote Management client (WINRM), WBEMTEST.

Read the white paper

Videos

iDRAC7 Lifecycle Controller videos playlist

 

iDRAC7 with Lifecycle Controller playlist of videos

Connect to iDRAC7 and Change default password

 

Be sure to change the default password on your equipment to something secure. How to connect to iDRAC7 and change the password either at the first run prompt, from the web UI or from the command line.

April 2020
Cause
Dell EMC
Resolution
Dell Technologies 2021

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11 Feb 2021

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