Dell DRAC Questions

Ken Stevenson ken at
Tue Jan 24 05:47:31 PST 2006

On Tue, Jan 24, 2006 at 11:24:55AM +0000, Alex Zbyslaw wrote:
> I help run two Dell 2850s, both several hundred miles from me, both with 
> DRACs.
> The DRACs do indeed have a separate IP and you can connect to them 
> either through a Web interface or via SSH (but you might need to upgrade 
> the firmware - for whatever reason Dell doesn't necessarily do this when 
> they build your machine).
> The main thing we get out of it, is that the DRAC is capable of being a 
> virtual "serial console".  There's a java app on the Web interface that 
> allows a console window to pop up.  This works all the time - whether 
> the machine is running FreeBSD, booting, in the BIOS, or even powered 
> down (but not unplugged!).  It's pretty much like being sat at a console 
> without actually having to b anywhere near the machine.
What software did you have to install (if any) on the 2850's in order to
use the serial console? I have a couple 2650's with DRAC's, and I can
connect to the Web interface on the DRAC port, but the serial console never

Ken Stevenson
Allen-Myland Inc.

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