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. iDRAC with Lifecycle Controller technology, enables administrators to also manage the iDRAC via command line and perform system firmware backups to embedded storage on the iDRAC.

 Quick References
iDRAC6 User Guides and Manuals

RACADM CLI reference for iDRAC6 - html version (PDF

RACADM wiki

iDRAC6 Licensing Information

iDRAC7 Home

DRAC5 Home

Dell Remote Access Controller Downloads

 

LC1 - iDRAC6 FW Matrix
LC 1 Version iDRAC6 Monolithic FW Version iDRAC6 Blade FW Version
1.6.5 (Download) 1.98 (Download) 3.65 (Download)
1.6.5 1.97 (Download) 3.60 (Download)
1.6.0 1.95 (Download) 3.50 (Download)
1.6.0 1.95 (Download) 3.45 (Download)
1.5.5 1.9 (Download) 3.4 (Download)
1.5.2 1.8 (Download) 3.35 (Download)
1.5.0 1.6 (Download) 3.2 (Download)
1.4.0 1.5 (Download) 3.0 (Download)
1.3.0 1.3 (Download) 2.2 (Download)
1.2.0 1.2 (Download) 2.1 (Download)
1.0.0 1.0 (Download) 2.0 (Download)

The current versions of the Dell Remote Access Controller are listed above:
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 )

 iDRAC6 White Papers
Configuring iDRAC6 for Directory Services

Public Key Infrastructure in iDRAC6

iDRAC6 Security

Using vFlash

Lifecycle Controller 1.x white papers

 iDRAC6 Video Demos
Upgrade iDRAC6 Firmware

iDRAC6 Remote / Web GUI - v1.7 monolithic / v3.2 modular

iDRAC6 Upgrade through the firmware interface

Video interview about the iDRAC6