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DRAC 5 Overview

Dell™ Remote Access Controller 5 Firmware Version 1.40 User's Guide

  What's New in DRAC 5 for this Release?

  DRAC 5 Specifications and Features

  Other Documents You May Need

The Dell™ Remote Access Controller 5 (DRAC 5) is a systems management hardware and software solution designed to provide remote management capabilities, crashed system recovery, and power control functions for Dell systems.

By communicating with the system's baseboard management controller (BMC), the DRAC 5 (when installed) can be configured to send you e-mail alerts for warnings or errors related to voltages, temperatures, intrusion, and fan speeds. The DRAC 5 also logs event data and the most recent crash screen (for systems running the Microsoft® Windows® operating system only) to help you diagnose the probable cause of a system crash.

The DRAC 5 has its own microprocessor and memory, and is powered by the system in which it is installed. The DRAC 5 may be preinstalled on your system, or available separately in a kit.

To get started with the DRAC 5, see "Getting Started With the DRAC 5."

What's New in DRAC 5 for this Release?

For this release, the DRAC 5 firmware version 1.40:

DRAC 5 Specifications and Features

Figure 1-1 shows the DRAC 5 hardware.

Figure 1-1. DRAC 5 Hardware Features

DRAC 5 Specifications

Power Specifications

Table 1-1 lists the power requirements for the DRAC 5.

Table 1-1. DRAC 5 Power Specifications

System Power

1.2 A on +3.3 V AUX (maximum)

550 mA on +3.3 V main (maximum)

0 mA on +5V main (maximum)


NOTE: The DRAC 5 hardware installation instructions can be found in the Installing a Remote Access Card document or the Installation and Troubleshooting Guide included with your system.

The DRAC 5 includes one onboard 10/100 Mbps RJ-45 NIC, a 50-pin management cable, and a 44-pin MII cable. See Figure 1-1 for the DRAC 5 cable connectors.

The 50-pin management cable is the main interface to the DRAC that provides connectivity to USB, serial, video, and an inter-integrated circuit (I2C) bus. The 44-pin MII cable connects the DRAC NIC to the system's motherboard. The RJ-45 connector connects the DRAC NIC to an out-of-band connection when the DRAC 5 is configured in Dedicated NIC mode.

Depending on your requirements, you can use the management and MII cables to configure your DRAC in three separate modes. See "DRAC Modes" for more information.

DRAC 5 Ports

Table 1-2 identifies the ports used by the DRAC 5 that listen for a server connection. Table 1-3 identifies the ports that the DRAC 5 uses as a client. This information is required when opening firewalls for remote access to a DRAC 5.

Table 1-2. DRAC 5 Server Listening Ports 

Port Number



Secure Shell (SSH)






SNMP Agent






Virtual Media server


Virtual Media Secure Service


Console Redirection keyboard/mouse


Console Redirection video

* Configurable port

Table 1-3. DRAC 5 Client Ports 

Port Number







DHCP-assigned IP address




SNMP trap




LDAPS for global catalog (GC)

Supported Remote Access Connections

Table 1-4 lists the connection features.

Table 1-4. Supported Remote Access Connections 




  • 10/100 Mbps Ethernet
  • DHCP support
  • SNMP traps and e-mail event notification
  • Dedicated network interface for the DRAC 5 Web-based interface
  • Support for telnet/ssh console and RACADM CLI commands including system boot, reset, power-on, and shutdown commands

Serial port

  • Support for Serial console and RACADM CLI commands including system boot, reset, power-on, and shutdown commands
  • Support for text-only console redirection to a VT-100 terminal or terminal emulator

DRAC 5 Standard Features

The DRAC 5 provides the following features:

Other Documents You May Need

In addition to this User's Guide, the following documents provide additional information about the setup and operation of the DRAC 5 in your system:

The following system documents are also available to provide more information about the system in which your DRAC 5 is installed:

NOTE: Always read the updates first because they often supersede information in other documents.

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