Modern data center administrators require efficient and automated methods to rapidly prepare servers for production use. The embedded integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) with Lifecycle
Controller on PowerEdge servers provides the ability to capture an entire configuration in a single human-readable output called a Server Configuration Profile. This profile can be applied to multiple servers, enabling rapid, reliable, and reproducible configuration. An administrator can clone or replicate a profile, modify that profile as needed, and then preview the deployment on a target server. Being able to take these steps saves time and minimizes configuration errors, thereby reducing the need for manual intervention and decreasing configuration time. This technical whitepaper describes the behavior of these features and examines sample uses cases.