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Using the iDRAC Configuration Utility: Controller 6 (iDRAC6) Version 1.0 User Guide<br>

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Using the iDRAC Configuration Utility

Integrated Dell™ Remote Access Controller 6 (iDRAC6) Version 1.0 User Guide

  Overview

  Starting the iDRAC Configuration Utility

  Using the iDRAC Configuration Utility



Overview

The iDRAC Configuration Utility is a pre-boot configuration environment that allows you to view and set parameters for the iDRAC6 and for the managed server. Specifically, you can:

  • View the firmware revision numbers for the iDRAC6 and Primary Backplane firmware

  • Enable, or disable the iDRAC6 local area network

  • Enable or disable IPMI Over LAN

  • Configure LAN parameters

  • Configure Virtual Media

  • Configure Smart Card

  • Change the administrative username and password

  • Reset the iDRAC configuration to the factory defaults

  • View System Event Log (SEL) messages or clear messages from the log

  • Configure LCD

  • Configure System Services

The tasks you can perform using iDRAC configuration utility can also be performed using other utilities provided by the iDRAC or Dell™ OpenManage™ software, including the Web-based interface, the SM-CLP command line interface, and the local RACADM command line interface.


Starting the iDRAC Configuration Utility

  1. Turn on or restart the server by pressing the power button on the front of the server.

  2. When you see the Press <Ctrl-E> for Remote Access Setup within 5 sec..... message, immediately press <Ctrl><E>.

NOTE: If your operating system begins to load before you press <Ctrl><E>, allow the system to finish booting, then restart your server and try again.

The iDRAC Configuration Utility displays. The first two lines provide information about the iDRAC6 firmware and primary backplane firmware revisions. The revision levels can be useful in determining whether a firmware upgrade is needed.

The iDRAC6 firmware is the portion of the firmware concerned with external interfaces, such as the Web-based interface, SM-CLP, and Web interfaces. The primary backplane firmware is the portion of the firmware that interfaces with and monitors the server hardware environment.


Using the iDRAC Configuration Utility

Beneath the firmware revision messages, the remainder of the iDRAC Configuration Utility is a menu of items that you can access by using <Up Arrow> and <Down Arrow>.

  • If a menu item leads to a submenu or an editable text field, press <Enter> to access the item and <Esc> to leave it when you have finished configuring it.

  • If an item has selectable values, such as Yes/No or Enabled/Disabled, press <Left Arrow>, <Right Arrow>, or <Spacebar> to choose a value.

  • If an item is not editable, it appears in blue. Some items become editable depending upon other selections you make.

  • The bottom line of the screen displays instructions for the current item. You can press <F1> to display help for the current item.

  • When you have finished using the iDRAC Configuration Utility, press <Esc> to view the exit menu, where you can choose to save or discard your changes or return to the utility.

The following sections describe the iDRAC Configuration Utility menu items.

iDRAC6 LAN

Use <Left Arrow>, <Right Arrow>, and the spacebar to select between On and Off.

The iDRAC6 LAN is enabled in the default configuration. The LAN must be enabled to permit the use of iDRAC6 facilities, such as the Web-based interface, telnet/SSH and RAC serial access to the SM-CLP command line interface, console redirection, and virtual media.

If you choose to disable the LAN the following warning is displayed:

iDRAC6 Out-of-Band interface will be disabled if the LAN Channel is OFF.

Press any key to clear the message and continue.

The message informs you that in addition to facilities that you access by connecting to the iDRAC HTTP, HTTPS, telnet, or SSH ports directly, out-of-band management network traffic, such as IPMI messages sent to the iDRAC6 from a management station, are not received when the LAN is disabled. The local RACADM interface remains available and can be used to reconfigure the iDRAC6 LAN.

IPMI Over LAN

Press <Left Arrow>, <Right Arrow> and the spacebar to choose between On and Off. When Off is selected, the iDRAC6 will not accept IPMI messages arriving over the LAN interface.

If you choose Off, the following warning is displayed:

iDRAC IPMI Over LAN Out-of-Band interface will be disabled if the LAN Channel is OFF.

Press any key to clear the message and continue. See "iDRAC6 LAN" for an explanation of the message.

LAN Parameters

Press <Enter> to display the LAN Parameters submenu. When you have finished configuring the LAN parameters, press <Esc> to return to the previous menu.

Table 15-1. LAN Parameters 

Item

Description

Common Settings

 

NIC Selection

Press <Right Arrow>, <Left Arrow >, and spacebar to switch between the modes.

The available modes are Dedicated, Shared, Shared with Failover LOM2, and Shared with Failover All LOMs.

These modes will allow the iDRAC6 to use the corresponding interface for communication to the outside world.

MAC Address

This is the non-editable MAC address of the iDRAC6 network interface.

VLAN Enable

Select On to enable the Virtual LAN filtering for the iDRAC6.

VLAN Id

If VLAN Enable is set to On, enter any VLAN ID value between 1-4094.

VLAN

If VLAN Enable is set to On, s.elect the priority of the VLAN between 0-7

Register iDRAC6 Name

Select On to register the iDRAC6 name in the DNS service. Select Off if you do not want users to be able to find the iDRAC6 name in DNS.

iDRAC6 Name

If Register iDRAC Name is set to On, press <Enter> to edit the Current DNS iDRAC Name text field. Press <Enter> when you have finished editing the iDRAC6 name. Press <Esc> to return to the previous menu. The iDRAC6 name must be a valid DNS host name.

Domain Name from DHCP

Select On if you want to obtain the domain name from a DHCP service on the network. Select Off if you want to specify the domain name.

Domain Name

If Domain Name from DHCP is set to Off, press <Enter> to edit the Current Domain Name text field. Press <Enter> when you have finished editing. Press <Esc> to return to the previous menu. The domain name must be a valid DNS domain, for example mycompany.com.

Host Name String

Press <Enter> to edit. Enter the name of the host for Platform Event Trap (PET) alerts.

LAN Alert Enabled

Select On to enable the PET LAN alert.

Alert Policy Entry 1

Select Enable or Disable to activate the first alert destination.

Alert Destination 1

if LAN Alert Enabled is set to On, enter the IP address where PET LAN alerts will be forwarded.

IPv4 Settings

Enable or disable support for the IPv4 connection.

IPv4

Select Enabled or Disabled IPv4 protocol support.

RMCP+ Encryption Key

Press <Enter> to edit the value and <Esc> when finished. The RMCP+ Encryption key is a 40-character hexadecimal string (characters 0-9, a-f, and A-F). RMCP+ is an IPMI extension that adds authentication and encryption to IPMI. The default value is a string of 40 0s (zeros).

IP Address Source

Select between DHCP and Static. When DHCP is selected, the Ethernet IP Address, Subnet Mask, and Default Gateway fields are obtained from a DHCP server. If no DHCP server is found on the network, the fields are set to zeros.

When Static is selected, the Ethernet IP Address, Subnet Mask, and Default Gateway items become editable.

Ethernet IP Address

If the IP Address Source is set to DHCP, this field displays the IP address obtained from DHCP.

If the IP Address Source is set to Static, enter the IP address you want to assign to the iDRAC6.

The default is 192.168.0.120.

Subnet Mask

If the IP Address Source is set to DHCP, this field displays the subnet mask address obtained from DHCP.

If the IP Address Source is set to Static, enter the subnet mask for the iDRAC6. The default is 255.255.255.0.

Default Gateway

If the IP Address Source is set to DHCP, this field displays the IP address of the default gateway obtained from DHCP.

If the IP Address Source is set to Static, enter the IP address of the default gateway. The default is 192.168.0.1.

DNS Servers from DHCP

Select On to retrieve DNS server addresses from a DHCP service on the network. Select Off to specify the DNS server addresses below.

DNS Server 1

If DNS Servers from DHCP is Off, enter the IP address of the first DNS server.

DNS Server 2

If DNS Servers from DHCP is Off, enter the IP address of the second DNS server.

IPv6 Settings

Enable or disable support for the IPv6 connection.

IP Address Source

Select between AutoConfig and Static. When AutoConfig is selected, the IPv6 Address 1, Prefix Length, and Default Gateway fields are obtained from DHCP.

When Static is selected, the IPv6 Address 1, Prefix Length, and Default Gateway items become editable.

IPv6 Address 1

If the IP Address Source is set to AutoConfig, this field displays the IP address obtained from DHCP.

If the IP Address Source is set to Static, enter the IP address you want to assign to the iDRAC6.

Prefix Length

Configures the Prefix length of the IPv6 address. It can be a value between 1 an 128, inclusive.

Default Gateway

If the IP Address Source is set to AutoConfig, this field displays the IP address of the default gateway obtained from DHCP.

If the IP Address Source is set to Static, enter the IP address of the default gateway.

IPv6 Link-local Address

This is the non-editable IPv6 Link-local Address of the iDRAC network interface.

IPv6 Address 2

This is the non-editable IPv6 Address 2 of the iDRAC network interface.

DNS Servers from DHCP

Select On to retrieve DNS server addresses from a DHCP service on the network. Select Off to specify the DNS server addresses below.

DNS Server 1

If DNS Servers from DHCP is Off, enter the IP address of the first DNS server.

DNS Server 2

If DNS Servers from DHCP is Off, enter the IP address of the first DNS server.

Advanced LAN Configurations

 

Auto-Negotiate

If NIC Selection is set to Dedicated, select between Enabled and Disabled.

When Enabled is selected, LAN Speed Setting and LAN Duplex Setting are configured automatically.

LAN Speed Setting

If Auto-Negotiate is set to Disabled, select between 10 Mbps and 100 Mbps.

LAN Duplex Setting

If Auto-Negotiate is set to Disabled, select between Half Duplex and Full Duplex.

Virtual Media Configuration

Virtual Media

Press <Enter> to select Detached, Attached, or Auto-Attached. When you select Attached, the virtual media devices are attached to the USB bus, making them available for use during Console Redirection sessions.

If you select Detached, users cannot access virtual media devices during Console Redirection sessions.

NOTE: To use a USB Flash Drive with the Virtual Media feature, the USB Flash Drive Emulation Type must be set to Hard disk in the BIOS Setup Utility. The BIOS Setup Utility is accessed by pressing <F2> during server start-up. If the USB Flash Drive Emulation Type is set to Auto, the Flash Drive will appear as a floppy drive to the system.

Virtual Flash

Press <Enter> to select Disabled or Enabled.

Disable/Enable will cause a Detach and an Attach of all Virtual Media devices from the USB bus.

Disable will cause the Virtual Flash to be removed and to become unavailable for use.

NOTE: This field will be read-only if an SD card of a size larger than 256 MB is not present on the iDRAC6 Express card slot.

Smart Card Logon

Press <Enter> to select Enabled or Disabled. This option configures the Smart Card Logon feature. The available options are Enabled, Disabled, and Enabled with RACADM.

NOTE: When you select Enabled, IPMI Over LAN will be switched off and blocked for editing.

System Services Configuration

System Services

Press <Enter> to select Enabled or Disabled. See the Dell Unified Server Configurator User Guide, available on the Dell Support Website at support.dell.com\manuals, for more information.

NOTE: Modifying this option will restart the server when you Save and Exit to apply the new settings.

Cancel System Services

Press <Enter> to select No or Yes.

When you select Yes, all Unified Server Configurator sessions are closed and the server is restarted when you Save and Exit to apply the new settings.

LCD Configuration

Press <Enter> to display the LCD Configuration submenu. When you have finished configuring the LCD parameters, press <Esc> to return to the previous menu.

Table 15-2. LCD User Configuration

LCD Line 1

Press <Right Arrow>, <Left Arrow >, and spacebar to switch between the options.

This feature sets the Home display on the LCD to one of the following options:

Ambient Temp, Asset Tag, Host Name, iDRAC6 IPv4 Address, iDRAC6 IPv6 Address, iDRAC6 MAC Address, Model Number, None, Service Tag, System Power, User-Defined String.

LCD User-Defined String

If LCD Line 1 is set to User-Defined String, view or enter the string to be displayed on the LCD.

The string can be maximum of 62 characters long.

LCD System Power Units

If LCD Line 1 is set to System Power, select Watt or BTU/hr to specify the Unit to be displayed on the LCD.

LCD Ambient Temp Units

If LCD Line 1 is set to Ambient Temp, select Celsius or Fahrenheit to specify the Unit to be displayed on the LCD.

LCD Error Display

Select Simple or SEL (System Event Log).

This feature allows error messages to be displayed on the LCD in one of two formats:

The Simple format provides an English language description of the event.

The SEL format displays a System Event Log text string

LCD Remote KVM Indication

Select Enabled to display the text KVM whenever a virtual KVM is active on the unit.

LCD Front Panel Access

Press <Right Arrow>, <Left Arrow >, and spacebar to switch between the options: Disabled, View/Modify, and View Only.

This setting defines the user access level for the LCD.

LAN User Configuration

The LAN user is the iDRAC administrator account, which is root by default. Press <Enter> to display the LAN User Configuration submenu. When you have finished configuring the LAN user, press <Esc> to return to the previous menu.

Table 15-3. LAN User Configuration

Item

Description

Account Access

Select Enabled to enable the administrator account. Select Disabled to disable the administrator account.

Account Privilege

Select between Admin, User, Operator, and No Access.

Account User Name

Press <Enter> to edit the user name and press <Esc> when you have finished. The default user name is root.

Enter Password

Type the new password for the administrator account. The characters are not echoed on the display as you type them.

Confirm Password

Retype the new password for the administrator account. If the characters you enter do not match the characters you entered in the Enter Password field, a message is displayed and you must re-enter the password.

Reset to Default

Use the Reset to Default menu item to reset all of the iDRAC6 configuration items to the factory defaults. This may be required, for example, if you have forgotten the administrative user password or if you want to reconfigure the iDRAC6 from the default settings.

Press <Enter> to select the item. The following warning message appears:

Resetting to factory defaults will restore remote Non-Volatile user settings. Continue?

< NO (Cancel) >

< YES (Continue) >

Select YES and press <Enter> to reset the iDRAC to the defaults.

System Event Log Menu

The System Event Log Menu allows you to view System Event Log (SEL) messages and to clear the log messages. Press <Enter> to display the System Event Log Menu. The system counts the log entries and then displays the total number of records and the most recent message. The SEL retains a maximum of 512 messages.

To view SEL messages, select View System Event Log and press <Enter>. Use <Left Arrow> to move to the previous (older) message and <Right Arrow> to move to the next (newer) message. Enter a record number to jump to that record. Press <Esc> when you are through viewing SEL messages.

To clear the SEL, select Clear the System Event Log and press <Enter>.

When you have finished with the SEL menu, press <Esc> to return to the previous menu.

Exiting the iDRAC Configuration Utility

When you have finished making changes to the iDRAC configuration, press the <Esc> key to display the Exit menu.

Select Save Changes and Exit and press <Enter> to retain your changes.

Select Discard Changes and Exit and press <Enter> to ignore any changes you made.

Select Return to Setup and press <Enter> to return to the iDRAC Configuration Utility.


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