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Dell iDRAC 8

Some initial findings on the iDRAC8 management controller in the 13th generation Dell servers (e.g. R730).

For our 'usual' IPMI purposes (power control, SOL console) the iDRAC seems the same as any others we have. Initial config proceeds as before.

Several iDRAC (and Lifecycle Controller) manuals have been put in the MPU group area: /afs/inf.ed.ac.uk/group/mp-unit/hardware/DellDocs/iDRAC

Beyond that:

  • The iDRAC is presenting an ssh interface. This presents an SMCLP interface, described in chapter 18 of the iDRAC8 manual.

  • The iDRAC has an HTTP interface, but it needs sensitive configuration (setting up Firefox as a SOCKS proxy) to get to it. (Use these instructions, substituting the site console server for infcups.) It has one helpful-looking feature: "update firmware". See DellFirmwareUpdates for more on this.

  • The iDRAC has its own dedicated NIC. We used that on girassol without difficulty. Its sister machine gaivota has the iDRAC connected via LOM1, that is, piggy-backed on the first normal NIC. Either connection method works. At the Operational meeting of 27/07/16 we decided to standardise on the piggy-back connection rather than use the iDRAC's own NIC.

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Topic revision: r3 - 11 Aug 2016 - 08:39:03 - ChrisCooke
 
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