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iDrac Dell Server (Off-Band Remote Access)

 ·  ☕ 2 min read  ·  ✍️ Chris Titus

I recently had a server freeze up when I wasn’t on-site and needed to power cycle it. I had configured iDrac before but it was not responsive. Here are some useful commands that can configure, reboot, and reset the iDrac function on Dell Servers. The commands below are run from a command prompt on the server (unless otherwise stated) in the (C:\Program Files\Dell\SysMgt\idrac) path.


Remote Commands (Workstation or another server)

racadm -r -u -p

Example: racadm -r -u root -p calvin getsysinfo



iDrac Information

racadm getsysinfo

Reset and Factory Defaults

racadm racreset (soft Reset)

racadm racresetcfg (Hard Reset – Resets IP/Account settings back to factory default)

NOTE: Resets Default IP >

Network Setup

racadm config -g cfgLanNetworking -o cfgNicEnable 1
racadm config -g cfgLanNetworking -o cfgNicIpAddress
racadm config -g cfgLanNetworking -o cfgNicNetmask
racadm config -g cfgLanNetworking -o cfgNicGateway
racadm config -g cfgLanNetworking -o cfgNicUseDHCP 0
racadm config -g cfgLanNetworking -o cfgDNSServersFromDHCP 0
racadm config -g cfgLanNetworking -o cfgDNSServer1
racadm config -g cfgLanNetworking -o cfgDNSServer2

User Setup

racadm config -g cfgUserAdmin -o cfgUserAdminUserName -i 2 john
racadm config -g cfgUserAdmin -o cfgUserAdminPassword -i 2 123456
racadm config -g cfgUserAdmin -o cfgUserAdminEnable -i 2 1

To verify the new user, use one of the following commands:

racadm getconfig -u john
racadm getconfig –g cfgUserAdmin –i 2

From here you will use your web browser to enter the iDrac configuration GUI and finish setting up SMTP servers, alerts and other things. I only recommend the above from command line since it gives direct access when the web browser isn’t functions due to bad IP address or invalid username.

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