The following table lists some key systems management feature changes from the previous generation of Dell PowerEdge servers to the 12th Generation of PowerEdge Servers, announced on February 27th, 2012. 

11th Generation PowerEdge Servers 12th Generation PowerEdge Servers

Integrated Remote Access Controller 6 (iDRAC6)

Integrated Remote Access Controller 7 (iDRAC7)

Includes digital license key enablement

Lifecycle Controller 1.x

Lifecycle controller 2.0


IT Assistant (ITA)


OpenManage Essentials (OME) – new in 12G

Chassis Management Controller 3 (CMC)

Chassis Management Controller 4 (CMC)

(Supports 10G-12G blades in M1000e chassis)

OpenManage Server Administrator 6.5 (OMSA)

OpenManage Server Administrator 7 (OMSA)

Or à Agent-Free management

Baseboard Management BIOS Binary (BBB)

Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI)