Dell iDRAC6 explaination

What is the Dell Remote Access Controller?

The Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller with Lifecycle Controller (iDRAC7 w/ LC2) is an embedded device in a Dell PowerEdge™ server that helps IT administrators manage, monitor, update, and deploy to Dell servers.

With powerful, remote management and configuration options, iDRAC alerts administrators to server problems, enables streamlined remote server management (both local and remote), and reduces or eliminates the need for administrators to visit the server — even when the server is not operational. iDRAC enables anywhere, anytime remote management, monitoring, troubleshooting, remediation and server upgrades, independent of the OS status.

In other words, no Operating System is required to perform system tasks with the iDRAC and the server doesn't even need to be powered on.

More information on the new iDRAC7 coming soon....

Legacy Information:

The Dell Remote Access Controller 6 (iDRAC6, the i stands for integrated) is Dell designed hardware that provides advanced agentless systems management functionality.

The iDRAC6 operates independently from the server’s CPU and operating system. The iDRAC6 functions even if the server is powered off, no operating system is installed, or the operating system is inoperable. This capability makes iDRAC6 a mainstay in remotely managed data centers and distant offices where remote desktop applications (such as RDP) are not sufficient due to their dependency on a running operating system.

The iDRAC6 alerts administrators to server warnings and failures, enables remote server management and allows for remote power on / off and provides server power monitoring and budgeting features. On versions of the iDRAC that feature the Dell Lifecycle Controller, Administrators can also manage the iDRAC via command line and perform system firmware backups to embedded storage on the iDRAC.


For those that want a more in depth introduction to the iDRAC6 please visit the following links:

For full details on the iDRAC, click here for the iDRAC User Guide.

Versions of the iDRAC


There are 3 different versions of the iDRAC with varying levels of functionality

  • iDRAC Express
  • iDRAC Enterprise
  • iDRAC Enterprise with VFlash

A detailed chart of the differences between the 3 iDRAC versions

Dell Remote Access Controller Downloads

The current version of the Dell Remote Access Controller is:
iDRAC6 – v1.80 Monolithic (standalone servers); v3.32 Modular (Blades) - Released in November 2011

Click Here to Download the iDRAC6 Monolithic Firmware
Click Here to Download the iDRAC6 Modular Firmware

For instructions on how to upgrade Dell iDRAC firmware visit:
http://www.delltechcenter.com/page/Updating+DRAC+Firmware
Newest Features for v1.8 (full readme.txt)
  • Enabled iDRAC support for new CPUs and memory DIMMs
  • Added RACADM "getLED" command support
Newest Features for v1.7
  • Firefox 3.6 support
  • Hardware and firmware inventory
  • Faster Web GUI performance
  • Option to add User Work Notes in logs
  • Virtual Console can now be launched without Active Directory or Single Sign-On (from https://mydrac/console)

Dell iDRAC Whitepapers

Dell iDRAC7 with Lifecycle Controller - Feature Guide

Agent-free Inventory and Monitoring for Storage and Network Devices in Dell PowerEdge 12th Generation Servers

iDRAC7 Networking and Improved Remote Access Performance

Using Dell iDRAC vFlash via GUI / USC

 

Dell’s vFlash SD Flash Media Card – Better Endurance and Performance via Over-Provisioning - by Santosh Kumar

iDRAC6 Directory Services - Instructions for Setting Up iDRAC6 with Active Directory, Novell, Fedora, OpenDS and OpenLDAP Directory Services.

Public Key Infrastructure in iDRAC - by Jeethendra Telagu

IDRAC6 Security Overview and Setting up Security Features on iDRAC6.

Using vFlash The Dell vFlash media card provides additional functionality to customers who already have an iDRAC6 enterprise card. Dell vFlash media is a Dell-branded 8 GB secure digital (SD) card that inserts into the iDRAC6 enterprise daughter card. This white paper discusses how to set up an use the vFlash.

Dell Lifecycle Controller Whitepapers - additional whitepapers relating to Dell LifeCycle Controller, a component of the iDRAC



Dell iDRAC Videos


Coming Soon - Updating Firmware on the iDRAC5 - 2 GUI options and command line interface (CLI) via RACADM

Dell iDRAC6 Remote / Web GUI Walkthrough - v1.7 monolithic / 3.2 blade (Clarity Interface) by Peter Tsai




Dell iDRAC6 upgrade through the Firmware Interface. This upgrade is bare-metal, which means that the iDRAC can be updated even if the server is powered off. That also means that an iDRAC update doesn't require an OS to be loaded on the target machine.




Dell iDRAC5.0 Overview - by Brian Summers