How To: Velocity's Guide to IDRAC Configuration and Usage

In this installment of the How To series by Velocity Tech Solutions, we take you through the steps to configure your IDRAC information so that it is accessible and then take you through how to access your IDRAC once it can be found in your network.

Configuration: First, you need to configure your IDRAC IP information in order to make it accessible on your network by following these steps.

For Generation 11 and earlier servers:

  • To get to the configuration menu in post, hit Ctrl+E when it references the "IDRAC configuration utility".
  • Once in this utility, you will find a "LAN parameters" option. The first thing that you will want to do is clarify whether you have an enterprise or express IDRAC.
    • If you have enterprise you can use the dedicated IDRAC network port.
    • If you have express, it will share one of the LAN ports on the motherboard. You can decide which port you want to share if that is the case.
  • Farther into the "LAN Parameter" menu, there will be a section where you input your ipv4 and ipv6 information for your network.
    • You can also use the default IP of 192.168.0.120

For Generation 12 and later servers:

  • To get to the IDRAC configuration, use the F2 menu.
  • Once there, after post, select the "IDRAC settings menu" option.
  • Choose the "network settings" option.
    • Within there, it has the selection of dedicated and shared ports along with the IP configuration information.

Usage: Once you have your IP information configured and your IDRAC has a network cable hooked up to the proper NIC; you can then access your IDRAC using the IP information you configured in the earlier steps. Follow these steps to access your IDRAC.

  • Type the IP information into a web browser on a computer that is on the same network as your server. It will bring you to a log in page (it may also give you a certificate error that you can bypass).
    • You will be prompted to type in a username and password, the default login information is:

Username: root

Password: calvin

  • Once you are logged in, you will be directed to a page where you will see tons of information about the server.
    • There will be a column along the left hand side with different sections you may go to for different bits of information about the server.
    • Along the top bar, there will be tabs that change and give you different options depending on what section you are in.
  • If you have an enterprise license on the main page of the IDRAC you will also have remote access option that will allow you complete remote access of the server; even outside of an OS environment.
    • However, this will require a specific version of Java to function properly.

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