IDrac 6 Question



  • We have a couple of standalone servers that aren't part of the virtual infrastructure That's iDrac's where never connected. They have a black cover over that NIC, but the NIC is still there. I can also access the iDRAC settings from the front panel, does this mean the techs forgot to plug it in or is the black cover there because we didn't pay for the iDrac on these? I don't remember if they come that way new or not. I'm thinking it may be trying to idiot proof them from people thinking it's normal nics.



  • I recently went through this experience but on an iDrac 7. From what I understand, and this may be different w/ older versions, the hardware is standard and it's the licensing you have to deal with. So my box came w/ iDrac 7 Express ( which lets you do resource monitoring, a few simple tasks, and power cycling, but not the money maker: a virtual console into the bios etc. ). But, there's a 30 day free trial you can do on the iDrac Enterprise license and that worked for me. The cover is probably so people don't think it's a normal jack and try to use it from within the OS.



  • @thecreativeone91 said:

    We have a couple of standalone servers that aren't part of the virtual infrastructure That's iDrac's where never connected. They have a black cover over that NIC, but the NIC is still there. I can also access the iDRAC settings from the front panel, does this mean the techs forgot to plug it in or is the black cover there because we didn't pay for the iDrac on these? I don't remember if they come that way new or not. I'm thinking it may be trying to idiot proof them from people thinking it's normal nics.

    If the machine did not ship with the iDrac Enterprise (a separate card), then typically that means it is iDRAC Express shared on the NIC1. The server cases are standard and have the spot for the Enterprise card, they just put the cover on it to close the hole. There is nothing behind the cover.


Log in to reply