DELL idrac embedded BMC- good console server replacement?

Jason Helfman jhelfman at
Mon Jan 17 17:14:11 UTC 2011

On Mon, Jan 17, 2011 at 05:09:34PM +0000, Paul Macdonald thus spake:
>Does anyone use the (dell) idrac embedded bmc on their bsd boxes..
>I'm only interested in easy 'serial' access to the bios, and the running
>system, no need for any grpahical interfaces obviously.   From what i've
>read they can power up/down machines too, but i'm a bit confused with
>the docs.
>I've historically used a serial console server, and i usually flatten
>any new dells without much thought for the tools they come with..
>Dell also sell their server mgmt cards as well, but i'm interested in
>hearing  if the embedded bmc alone can offer an easy alternative to a
>console server.

BMC is great on Dell's. You can do everything you could do as if you were
standing right in front of it. Dell updates are easy to apply as well,
however that is through a front-end gui through the BIOS.


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