Dell DRAC QUestion

Alex Zbyslaw xfb52 at
Mon Jan 23 05:52:01 PST 2006

Grant Peel wrote:

> Hi all,
> I have three servers with Dell remote access cards.
> One of them work fine. It is running FBSD5.4, and when I log onto the 
> DRAC card I can acces the console fine.
> The other two, I can only access the console up untill the point that 
> the login: prompt appears. After that, I can't.
> I have the bios setting the same for all three cards, per the Dell 
> (DRAC) instructions.
> Does anyone have experience with these and pehaps let me know what (if 
> any) FBSD setting to review?

Do you have any PS/2 keyboards plugged in to these servers?  That will 
stop DRACs working since they are a virtual USB keyboard and FreeBSD can 
only handle one console keyboard and the PS/2 will override.

This is a bit of a pain, but our policy (which seems to work) is that we 
never plug a keyboard in and only ever use the DRAC.

If you do need a PS/2 at some point, you can switch with kbdcontrol - 
see the man page.


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