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This post describes how to capture the Dell iDRAC IP address with ConfigMgr hardware inventory, and create a right-click extension to allow you to launch the iDRAC from the ConfigMgr admin console. If your Dell PowerEdge servers include the Dell Lifcecycle Controller, carefully review the Dell Lifecycle Controller Integration for System Center Configuration Manager to determine if that integration pack fits your needs.
The Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) is designed to make server administrators more productive and improve the overall availability of Dell servers. iDRAC alerts administrators to server issues, helps them perform remote server management, and reduces the need for physical access to the server.
In order to properly capture DRAC information, the following configuration is required:
ConfigMgr uses hardware inventory to capture information from the Windows registry as well as from Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI). OMSA populates the iDRAC IP information into WMI. This example modifies the hardware inventory configuration for the Default Client Settings. Review additional steps for extending hardware inventory on Microsoft TechNet.
To enable hardware inventory to capture Dell iDRAC IP information:
You have successfully enabled hardware inventory on the Dell_RemoteAccessServicePort class to capture the iDRAC IP. Servers with OMSA installed will begin sending information for this new hardware information back via hardware inventory on the defined inventory interval (by default, 7 days). You can expedite this process from the ConfigMgr control panel applet by refreshing Machine Policy action, followed by initiating a hardware inventory. This process will run for approximately five minutes. You can confirm the information has been successfully inventoried by viewing Resource Explorer.
Now that you have the data in ConfigMgr, follow these steps to launch the iDRAC for a device in the ConfigMgr admin console.
Congrats! You now have a right-click tool to easily launch the iDRAC! You can find more information about adding additional extensions (aka right-click tools) on TechNet.