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Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller 8 (iDRAC8) Version User's Guide


Accessing iDRAC Interface over Direct USB Connection

In 13th generation servers, the new iDRAC direct feature allows you to directly connect your laptop or PC USB port to the iDRAC USB port. This allows you to interact directly with iDRAC interfaces (such as Web interface, RACADM, and WSMAN) for advanced server management and servicing.

You must use a Type A/A cable to connect the laptop (a USB Host Controller) to the iDRAC in the server (a USB device).

When iDRAC behaves as a USB device and the management port mode is set to Automatic, the USB port is always used by iDRAC. The port does not switch automatically to OS.

To access the iDRAC interface over the USB port:

  1. Turn off any wireless networks and disconnect from any other hard wired network.
  2. Make sure that the USB port is enabled. For more information, see Configuring USB Management Port Settings.
  3. Connect a Type A/A cable from the laptop to iDRAC’s USB port.
    Management LED (if present) turns green and remains ON for two seconds.
  4. Wait for the IP address to be assigned to the laptop ( and iDRAC ( This may take several seconds.
  5. Start using iDRAC network interfaces such as Web interface, RACADM, or WS-Man.
  6. When iDRAC is using the USB port, LED blinks indicating activity. Blink frequency is four per second.
  7. After using, disconnect the cable.
    The LED turns off.

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