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What is iDRAC?

The integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) with Lifecycle Controller is embedded within every Dell PowerEdge™ server and provides functionality that helps IT administrators deploy, update, monitor, and maintain Dell servers with no need for any additional software to be installed. The Dell iDRAC works regardless of operating system or hypervisor presence because from a pre-OS or bare-metal state, iDRAC is ready to work because it is embedded within each server from the factory.


If you are new to iDRAC with Lifecycle Controller, check out the "how to" videos we have on youtube.com here.


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.

Download the iDRAC8 with Lifecycle Controller Specification Sheet here.

iDRAC8 and iDRAC7

Downloads and Release Notes

Current Version 2.40.40.40 (14 October 2016)

iDRAC7/12th Generation PowerEdge Download

iDRAC8 13th Generation PowerEdge Download

  

iDRAC8 (and 7) 2.40.40.40 Documentation
iDRAC 8/7 v2.40.40.40 User’s Guide PDF (10302 KB)
iDRAC8 and iDRAC7 with LC for Dell PowerEdge Servers Version 2.40.40.40 Release Notes PDF (98 KB)
iDRAC 8/7 v2.40.40.40 Redfish API Reference Guide PDF (1046 KB)
iDRAC 8/7 v2.40.40.40 RACADM CLI Guide PDF (3156 KB)
iDRAC 2.40.40.40 RACADM Support Matrix PDF (173 KB)
Dell Lifecycle Controller GUI v2.40.40.40 User's Guide PDF (959 KB)
Dell Lifecycle Controller Remote Services v2.40.40.40 Quick Start Guide PDF (433 KB)
13G Lifecycle Controller Driver Pack (v 17.02.02)

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iDRAC8 & Lifecycle Controller Videos

Configure Network Settings

RAID Configuration

RAID Configuration - Break Mirror

RAID Configuration - Key Encryption

Firmware Update Using Local Drive (CD or DVD or USB)

Backup Server Profile

Freedom (OpenManage Mobile and iDRAC8 Quick Sync)

iDRAC with Quick Sync Demo

Staying above the flood (Big Data)

Simplified Management at the box (iDRAC Direct)

Lifecycle Controller videos on Youtube.com

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iDRAC8 Useful Links
Simplifying Systems Management with Dell OpenManage on 13G Dell PowerEdge Servers (OME Home)
Dell 13th Generation PowerEdge Server Resources
CMC Manuals (including User's Guides)
Online License Management Portal
RACADM Command Line Interface (RACADM vs WSMAN page)

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iDRAC with Lifecycle Controller Technology Licensing Summary

Dell provides three main offerings: Basic Management, Express, and Enterprise. As in Dell’s 11th generation servers, Basic Management (called BMC in 11th generation) is the default for servers 200-500 series. For 600 series and above, iDRAC Express is the default offering that is part of the base configuration. It does not require a license to be installed, backed up, or managed. Express offers embedded tools, console integration, and simplified remote access.

However, most IT administrators want a deeper, more inclusive solution that allows them to manage servers as if they were physically near the server, and this is available by upgrading to the Enterprise license level, which is fully digital. Dell also stores a copy of the key and makes it available to you in an online License Management portal (https://www.dell.com/support/licensing/).