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Configuring LAN Parameters on iDRAC 6 Enterprise

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Configuring LAN Parameters on iDRAC 6 Enterprise

  • To save costs my employer is moving to racks without physical consoles/KVM installed. But I still need to configure iDRAC6 Enterprise, paricualrly the IP (LAN) and User/Admin username and password. So far I have done this from the rack console on the first boot once the server is installed.

    Dell don't provide server docs with the MAC address of the iDRAC6 installed in the server system so using DHCP to assign the IP is out. And the iDRACs do not have a serial interface.

    So. I guess I'm going to have to attach a laptop with a 192.168.0. n network onfigured, conenct via a crossover cable and telnet into the the iDRAC on its default 192.168.0.1? address and then use the SM-CLP Command Line Interface to configure the card? Is this the way to go?

    Thanks

    john
  • I had a similar problem today, 40 new R410s showed up in the lab with power and ethernet and nothing more.

    Since the iDRACs are all preconfigured with the 192.168.0.120 IP I was able to log into a random machine on the same subnet/switch stack, setup an alias in the 192.168.0.x range and used arping to get a list of MAC addresses for all systems that use that IP.

    # arping -c 40 192.168.0.120
    ARPING 192.168.0.120 from 192.168.0.254 eth0
    Unicast reply from 192.168.0.120 [00:26:B9:58:E3:FA] 1.037ms
    Unicast reply from 192.168.0.120 [00:26:B9:58:E3:70] 1.109ms
    Unicast reply from 192.168.0.120 [00:26:B9:59:89:D3] 1.149ms
    Unicast reply from 192.168.0.120 [00:26:B9:58:E1:CC] 1.216ms
    ...

    I used a perl script to go through that list of MAC addresses, add a static DHPC entry for the DRAC and the host's primary interface (on he R410 simply subtract 2 from the DRAC's MAC address) and point the host to a default PXE target, then create a static ARP entry to ssh into the DRAC, switch it from static to DHCP, and reset the host so it can PXE boot.