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Dell EMC iDRAC Service Module 3.1 User’s Guide

FullPowerCycle

FullPowerCycle is a calling interface function that provides a way to reset the server auxiliary power. An increasing amount of server hardware runs on server auxiliary power; and troubleshooting of some server issues requires you to physically unplug the server power cord to reset the hardware running on auxiliary power. Forcing someone to physically unplug/plug the power cords leads to a significant cost and hassle for customers as well as support personnel.

The FullPowerCycle feature enables the administrator to connect or disconnect the auxiliary power remotely without visiting the data center. This feature is supported on and after 14th generation of Dell EMC PowerEdge servers.

When a Full Power Cycle Request is issued through this interface, the system power is not immediately affected. Instead, a flag is set that will be queried when the system transitions to S5. For FullPowerCycle feature to take effect, after issuing the request command you have to issue system shutdown command also. If the flag is set on S5 entry, the system will temporarily be forced into a lower power state, similar to removing and replacing AC. The flag can be cleared using the Cancel function any time the system is in the S0 state prior to the system entering the S5 state.

You can avail different options of FullPowerCycle on your system. Use the following commands to request, get status, and cancel the Full Power Cycle on your system:

For Windows Operating systems, shortcut menus are available for the FullPowerCycle Activate (request), FullPowerCycle Cancel and FullPowerCycle get status operations.

  • To request FullPowerCycle on your system, type ./Invoke-FullPowerCycle —status request.
    • NOTE: A message is displayed that the VirtualAC Power Cycle operation is triggered by the server operating system.
  • To get the status of the Full Power Cycle on your system, type ./Invoke-FullPowerCycle -status get.
  • To cancel the Full Power Cycle on your system, type ./Invoke-FullPowerCycle -status cancel.
    • NOTE: A message is displayed that the system is going for turn off at the scheduled date and time.
  • To request FullPowerCycle on Linux operating system, type /opt/dell/srvadmin/iSM/bin/Invoke-FullPowerCycle request
  • To cancle FullPowerCycle on Linux operating system, type /opt/dell/srvadmin/iSM/bin/Invoke-FullPowerCycle cancel
  • To get FullPowerCycle status on Linux operating system, type /opt/dell/srvadmin/iSM/bin/Invoke-FullPowerCycle get-status

Following messages are displayed after each successful FullPowerCycle operation on operating system log and LCL.

Request message: "The Full Power Cycle operation is triggered by the server operating system (OS) user <user name> from the OS on date <date>. However, the server components will be AC power cycled when the server is shut down".

Cancel Message: "The Full Power Cycle operation is successfully cancelled by the server operating system (OS) user <user name> from the OS on date <date>".

  • NOTE: FullPowerCycle feature is not available for ESXi and Citrix XenServer operating systems.
  • NOTE: FullPowerCycle feature can be used only with local/domain administrator or root/sudo users.

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