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iDRAC 8/7 v2.50.50.50 User’s Guide

Managing remote file share

Using Remote File Share (RFS) feature, you can set an ISO or IMG image file on a network share and make it available to the managed server’s operating system as a virtual drive by mounting it as a CD or DVD using NFS or CIFS. RFS is a licensed feature.

NOTE: CIFS supports both IPv4 and IPv6 addresses and NFS supports only IPv4 address.

Remote file share supports only .img and .iso image file formats. A .img file is redirected as a virtual floppy and a .iso file is redirected as a virtual CDROM.

You must have Virtual Media privileges to perform an RFS mounting.

NOTE: If ESXi is running on the managed system and if you mount a floppy image (.img) using RFS, the connected floppy image is not available to the ESXi operating system.

RFS and Virtual Media features are mutually exclusive.

  • If the Virtual Media client is not active, and you attempt to establish an RFS connection, the connection is established and the remote image is available to the host operating system.

  • If the Virtual Media client is active, and you attempt to establish an RFS connection, the following error message is displayed:

    Virtual Media is detached or redirected for the selected virtual drive.

The connection status for RFS is available in iDRAC log. Once connected, an RFS-mounted virtual drive does not disconnect even if you log out from iDRAC. The RFS connection is closed if iDRAC is reset or the network connection is dropped. The Web interface and command-line options are also available in CMC and iDRAC to close the RFS connection. The RFS connection from CMC always overrides an existing RFS mount in iDRAC.

NOTE: iDRAC vFlash feature and RFS are not related.

If you update the iDRAC firmware from version 1.30.30 to 1.50.50 firmware while there is an active RFS connection and the Virtual Media Attach Mode is set to Attach or Auto Attach, the iDRAC attempts to re-establish the RFS connection after the firmware upgrade is completed and the iDRAC reboots.

If you update the iDRAC firmware from version 1.30.30 to 1.50.50 firmware while there is an active RFS connection and the Virtual Media Attach Mode is set to Detach, the iDRAC does not attempt to re-establish the RFS connection after the firmware upgrade is completed and the iDRAC reboots.


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