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Dell Remote Access Controller - DRAC / iDRAC

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What is iDRAC? iDRAC6 Home
iDRAC7 What's New DRAC5 Home
iDRAC7 Manuals iDRAC7 White Papers Home
iDRAC7 Useful links iDRAC Related Blog Posts
iDRAC7 Licensing  Lifecycle Controller 2 Home
iDRAC7 Video Demos iDRAC7 Troubleshooting
iDRAC7 Blogs  

  

What is iDRAC?

The Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller with Lifecycle Controller (iDRAC6 with Lifecycle Controller 1 or iDRAC7 with Lifecycle Controller 2) is an embedded device in all Dell PowerEdge™ servers that helps IT administrators manage, monitor, update, and deploy Dell servers.

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.

iDRAC7 with Lifecycle controller technology is part of a larger datacenter solution that helps keep business critical applications and workloads available at all times. The technology allows administrators to deploy, monitor, manage, configure, update, troubleshoot and remediate Dell servers from any location, and without the use of agents. It accomplishes this regardless of operating system or hypervisor presence or state.   


iDRAC7 Video Overview

 

iDRAC7 What's New

iDRAC7 Release Summary
iDRAC7 1.56.55
  • Urgent update for all iDRAC7 1.5x.5x versions prior to this release
    • Addresses an issue with memory consumption with 1.50.50 and above that can cause iDRAC to become unresponsive after prolonged periods of use
    • Dell highly recommends applying this update to 1.50.50 and greater versions as soon as possible.
  • Configure and schedule configuration backups
  • Configure VNC Server to view remote desktop using mobile devices
  • Improved virtual media options
  • Enable events to be logged into OS log
  • Generate Tech Support Report similar to Dell E-support Tool Report

 3/14/2014 (Download)
iDRAC7 1.46.45
  •  Security Updates
 10/2/2013 (Download)
iDRAC7 1.40.40
  • Reliability Improvements
  • Feature Enhancement
 6/7/2013 (Download)
iDRAC7 1.37.35
  • XML profile feature to pull from one 12G server, option to edit XML profile and do bare metal, 100% out of band bare metal configuration of 1 or 1000’s of servers with one command – 10 minutes to configure.
  • Update device firmware for all devices supported by Lifecycle Controller
  • View staged and manage firmware updates.
  • Backup and restore the server profile
  • Export hardware inventory.
  • View hardware and firmware inventory information for additional components.
  • Virtual Console–
    • Automatically lock the operating system.
    • Scale the Virtual Console Viewer.
    • Modified keyboard macros
    • ...and more!
4/23/2013 (Download)
iDRAC7 1.23.23
  • New platform / hardware support and security updates
09/24/2012 (Download)
iDRAC7 1.20.20
  • Check the system for fresh air compliance
  • View historical temperature data
  • Set alert recurrence event
06/26/2012 (Download)
iDRAC7 1.10.10
  • Support for quarter height blades
05/22/2012 (Download)
iDRAC7 1.06.06
  • New platform / hardware support and security updates
04/09/2012 (Download)
iDRAC7 1.00.00
  • This is the first release for iDRAC7
03/06/2012 (Download)

 

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iDRAC7 Manuals (high level)
User Guide iDRAC7 Manuals [1.0.0, 1.06.06, 1.10.10, 1.20.20, 1.23.23, 1.30.30, 1.40.40, 1.50.50)
RACADM Reference RACADM Command Line Reference Guide (1.0.01.06.06, 1.10.10, 1.20.20, 1.23.23, 1.30.30, 1.40.40, 1.50.50)

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iDRAC7 Useful Links
iDRAC7 with Lifecycle Controller Quick Start Guide
OpenManage System Management SW Compatibility Matrix
CMC Manuals (including User's Guides)
Online License Management Portal
RACADM Command Line Interface (RACADM vs WSMAN page)
 iDRAC7 Alert Notification Enhancements Paper

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iDRAC7 12th Generation Licensing Summary

At a high level, the features and offerings for iDRAC are similar between iDRAC6 and iDRAC7. 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.

Because all 600-series servers ship with iDRAC7 Express enabled, customers can take advantage of the features and benefits provided by iDRAC7 with Lifecycle Controller 2.0 technology. Customers with 200-500 series can also upgrade their systems to either Express or Enterprise by simply installing a license key. A physical part is required on 200-500 series to enable dedicated NIC and vFlash. Dell offers an online portal to keep track all of your iDRAC licenses; for example, which servers have Express, Enterprise, or even Trial licenses. In the unlikely event of motherboard failure, Dell also stores a copy of the key and makes it available to you in an online License Management portal (www.dell.com/support/retail/lkm).   

Comments
  • I'm looking for the WS-MAN WSDLs for iDrac7. I can't seem to find these anywhere on Dell's site, anyone know where those might be?

  • WSMAN WSDLs are located at:

    en.community.dell.com/.../20193729.aspx

    Also, they are referenced at:

    http://delltechcenter.com/lc

  • hello iam having problem with one of my dell laptop speaker what should i do????

  • Tahreem, I try to disassemble server but lost a ball bearing from the hard drive.  Can you help me figure out how to put my DRAC back together.

  • The links to the 1.50.50, A00 version do not work from here and from all previous release pages. Is there a problem with this version? Is there a link to it's manual? I would like to learn more about it's VNC features.

  • 1.50.50 just sticks at verifying details... cannot get past it...