Hardware monitoring with iDRAC6

krad kraduk at googlemail.com
Fri Jun 18 22:19:34 UTC 2010

On 17 June 2010 17:38, Steve Polyack <korvus at comcast.net> wrote:

> On 06/17/10 12:02, Martin Turgeon wrote:
>> Hi again everyone,
>> I just realized after posting my question on optimal RAID config that the
>> best solution for hardware monitoring would be to use the integrated iDRAC6.
>> I have the Express version (no dedicated port). I have never worked with
>> DRAC cards and I would like to know your opinions about the best way to use
>> it for hardware monitoring. I'm not really planning on using the remote
>> control features, but it would be nice too.
> In addition to using DRAC notifications for hardware events, I would
> suggest that you still run some local checks on the system itself (Nagios
> checks via NRPE).  There are several checks available that check the status
> of the PERC controller and drives using mfiutil, amrstat, or MegaCLI.
>> As I understand it, I have to configure an additional IP for iDRAC. In my
>> case, the servers are going to be installed in a colocation datacenter so I
>> guess I have to reserve an additional public IP for each servers so I can
>> access the iDRAC remotely? What are the securiy implications?
> This depends on what your options are - if you're colocating one server,
> they may be pretty slim.  In any case, I would strongly advise not putting
> it out there on an unrestricted public address.  I'm not sure of the DRAC's
> history of security issues, but keep in mind that someone using it
> essentially has physical access to your server.  If you have to put it out
> there on the internet, be sure to create a new user on the iDRAC and disable
> the existing root account.
>> I'm also configuring a Nagios installation for monitoring. Is there a way
>> to plug iDRAC with Nagios to handle the notifications (snmp maybe)? Or
>> should I configure an email alert in the iDRAC config (I assume there is a
>> way to do that)?
>>  You can configure the iDRAC to send SNMP traps, or even e-mails for
> hardware events.
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If you can afford the rack space its probably best to have a dedicated admin
host with one public interface and one private one. Then put all the idracs
on private ips and ideally their own vlan. Then use this admin box to relay
any information back to you over the public network

It could also act as a serial server, and maybe have a isdn/dsl backup line
for out of band access.

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