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Latest Blog Posts
  • Dell TechCenter

    Automatic System Lock Feature

    Shine KA and Anshul Simlote are co-authors on this blog as well. 

    Dell has provided a new security feature in its iDRAC7 12G 1.30.30 release called Automatic System Lock. If user forgets to lock the server operating system while closing the last virtual console session, then other users can access that same session. This feature will provide a mechanism to lock the host system when the last virtual console session exits. The host lock sequence contains the appropriate keyboard keystrokes for locking the server operating system. The default lock sequence will work correctly on Windows systems and Linux systems (KDE or GNOME desktops), unless disabled.

    The Lock sequence will be sent when the last virtual console session terminates irrespective of how it happens (e.g. virtual console session times out due to network disconnection or after idle timeout, session terminated by user through iDRAC7 Web GUI or other interfaces). However, it is assumed that iDRAC7 is in working state, therefore it will not be applicable when iDRAC resets, resets to default or during component crash. It is integrated properly with the reconnect feature of virtual console so that locking does not occur between reconnect attempts.

    The host lock operation is done by sending keystroke sequences through the virtual keyboard. If the keystroke sequences are not interpreted correctly, it could result in stray characters being sent to the host.  This would occur, for example, if the host is in the BIOS when the virtual console session exits. To prevent this, a mechanism has been provided that is used to temporarily disable the sending of keystroke sequences. The BIOS will provide information about the state of the server boot; so that the sending of keystrokes is temporarily disabled from beginning of BIOS (after server resets) until the ending of POST (begin of OS boot).


    User can enable or disable this feature in the Virtual Console page of the iDRAC7 WebGUI. By default, this feature will be enabled.

    This feature can be enabled or disabled from RACADM too-


  • Dell TechCenter

    Announcing the availability of the OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter version 2.0.

    Blog post written by Matthew Paul and Kaushal Gala

    On behalf of the entire OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter team, below are the highlights of our latest release:

    • First, we have renamed the product from the Dell Management Plug-in for VMware vCenter to the OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter
    • Second, created an entirely new user interface supporting the vSphere Web Client.
      • Customers can now use Internet Explorer, Firefox and Chrome to manage PowerEdge servers in the vSphere environment.
      • Intelligent OpenManage integration points that provide PowerEdge details where customers expect them to be.
      • Both the vSphere desktop and Web clients are supported with a single appliance
      • Providing customer piece of mind demonstrating that their workloads and hypervisor is protected even from a memory fault.
    • Finally, a new licensing mechanism
      • Making it much easier to add additional hosts
      • Enabling both three and five year subscriptions


    Sr Product Manager - Matthew Paul providing an overview of the OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter