Dell Remote Access Card (DRAC)

A Dell Remote Access Card (DRAC) provides an alternative means to access and manage your server via a second, and physically separate network connection. What follows is a quick overview of DRAC features and requirements.

Requirements

In order to access all the features of your DRAC you will need to install Java on your local computer. The latest version of Java for Windows can be downloaded here:

Linux users will need to obtain the latest JRE from either Sun directly:

or via the local package manager.

For Mac OS X users, Apple provides their own version of Java. Use the Software Update feature (available on the Apple menu) to check that you have the most up-to-date version of Java for your Mac.

We also recommend that you access the DRAC with the Firefox web browser.

Features

The two most useful features of the DRAC fitted to your server are the Virtual Console and the Virtual Media.

Virtual Console

This feature allows you to access your server via the secondary network interface. This is particularly useful in the event that you are unable to access the server normally via the primary network interface. This most often happens when firewall or network settings have been misconfigured and need to be reset.

Windows server users will gain access to their desktop and linux users will get access to the command line.

The Virtual Console can be found at:

DRAC -> System -> Console

Virtual Media

This feature of the DRAC allows the use of a local (on your home or office computer) CDROM or floppy drive on your server. This is useful for installing software from CD without needing to use the server's physical drive. The Virtual Media feature can be found at:

DRAC -> Systems -> Media

Access

You can view the log in details for your DRAC by clicking on the Manage link for your server on the services page on the Memset Control Panel.

Further Documentation

Full documentation for DRAC's can be found on the Dell support site:

Last updated 3 September 2015, 08:07 GMT