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Using the iDRAC Configuration Utility

Integrated Dell™ Remote Access Controller Firmware Version 1.2
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 iDRAC and for the managed server. Specifically, you can:

The tasks you can perform using iDRAC configuration utility can also be performed using other utilities provided by the iDRAC or OpenManage software, including the Web interface, the SM-CLP command line interface, the local RACADM command line interface and, in the case of basic network configuration, at the CMC LCD during initial CMC configuration.


Starting the iDRAC Configuration Utility

You must use an iKVM-connected console to access the iDRAC Configuration Utility initially or after a resetting the iDRAC to the default settings.

  1. At the keyboard connected to the iKVM console, press <Print Screen> to display the iKVM On Screen Configuration and Reporting (OSCAR) menu. Use <Up Arrow> and <Down Arrow> to highlight the slot containing your server, then press <Enter>.

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

  3. 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 iDRAC firmware and primary backplane firmware revisions. The revision levels can be useful in determining whether a firmware upgrade is needed.

The iDRAC firmware is the portion of the firmware concerned with external interfaces, such as the Web 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>.

The following sections describe the iDRAC Configuration Utility menu items.

LAN

Use <Left Arrow>, <Right Arrow>, and the spacebar to select between Enabled and Disabled.

The iDRAC LAN is disabled in the default configuration. The LAN must be enabled to permit use of iDRAC facilities, such as the Web interface, telnet/SSH 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:

iDRAC 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 iDRAC 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 iDRAC LAN.

IPMI Over LAN (On/Off)

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

If you choose Off, the following warning is displayed:

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

Press any key to clear the message and continue. See 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 13-1. LAN Parameters 

Item

Description

RMCP+ Encryption Key

Press <Enter> to edit the value, <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.

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 wish to assign to the iDRAC.

The default is 192.168.0.120 plus the number of the slot containing the server.

MAC Address

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

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 iDRAC.

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.

LAN Alert Enabled

Select On to enable the Platform Event Trap (PET) LAN alert.

Alert Policy Entry 1

Select Enable or Disable to activate the first alert destination.

Alert Destination 1

Enter the IP address where PET LAN alerts will be forwarded.

Host Name String

Press <Enter> to edit. Enter the name of the host for PET alerts.

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.

Register iDRAC Name

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

iDRAC 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 iDRAC name. Press <Esc> to return to the previous menu. The iDRAC 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 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.

Virtual Media

Use <Left Arrow> and <Right Arrow> to select Attached or Detached. 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.

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 13-2. Lan User Configuration Page

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 iDRAC 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 iDRAC from the default settings.

NOTE: In the default configuration, the iDRAC networking is disabled. You cannot reconfigure the iDRAC over the network until you have enabled the iDRAC network in the iDRAC Configuration Utility.

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.

NOTE: You can only clear the SEL in the iDRAC Configuration Utility or in the iDRAC Web interface.

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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