Weird problem with DRAC 5

Paul Schmehl pauls at
Tue Sep 19 10:35:55 PDT 2006

I'm setting up a new server (Dell 1950) that has a DRAC card.  My home 
network (where I'm working on it in my spare time) is behind a wireless 
router, and the internal network is  The DRAC card's IP 
address is (gateway is  Mask is 
I can access the DRAC card from the server that it's on (through its IP -, and I can access it from my Windows workstation that is 
plugged in to the router just like the DRAC card is (RJ45 cable.)  I'm 
pretty sure the router's interface is switched (not a hub.)

I cannot access the DRAC card from my Mac OS X laptop, which is on the 
wireless network and has an address of  When I try to ping 
the DRAC card from the Mac, I get "No route to host.  Host is down".  If I 
ping it from the server or from the Windows box, it responds fine.

This makes no sense to me.  If anyone has a bright ideas what I'm missing, 
I'm all ears.

One other thing.  Using the console redirection through the web interface 
(which forces you to use IE and an ActiveX control!), I can see the console 
fine, but the keyboard and mouse (on the Windows box) don't do anything.  I 
can still login through the USB keyboard attached to the server, and I can 
see the virtualy keyboard and mouse being detected (looking at the console 

Has anyone gotten console redirection working (to include keyboard and 
mouse functionality)?

Paul Schmehl (pauls at
Adjunct Information Security Officer
The University of Texas at Dallas

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