racadm cheatsheet for Dell iDRAC

Published: 2017-08-02 10:37:48 +0000
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The Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) is an optional BMC used in Dell servers. Much like with HP's ILOM there is a command line utility provided (in this case racadm) in order to interact with it, fetching and setting config

This page is a basic cheatsheet of the commands which can be used with it, all should be run from a shell. However, if you prefer to use the interactive mode, run racadm on it's own, and then just omit racadm from the command. The benefit of that approach, is that from (approximately) racadm7 you'll have tab-completion available to help you create commands

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Global Config

Dump config:

    racadm get -f config.txt

Restore config from file:

    racadm set -f config.txt

Restore factory defaults:

    racadm racresetcfg

Get Serial Number:

    racadm getsvctag

Get System information:

    racadm getsysinfo

Misc Options

Disable Hyperthreading (Damn you Intel!):

    racadm set BIOS.ProcSettings.LogicalProc Disabled

Set SNMP public community string:

    racadm set iDRAC.SNMP.AgentCommunity NEW STRING

IDRAC root Account

Set Password:

    racadm set iDRAC.Users.2.Password MYNEWPASSWORD

List SSH keys:

    racadm sshpkauth -i 2 -v -k all

Add key:

    racadm sshpkauth -i 2 -k 1 "public key string"

Remove key:

(get the id for k from the list of keys)

    racadm sshpkauth -i 2 -d -k 1

Network Config

Get IP config:

    racadm getniccfg
    racadm get iDRAC.NIC

Set IP Config:

    racadm set iDRAC.Nic.Enable 1
    racadm set iDRAC.IPv4.Address x.x.x.x
    racadm set iDRAC.IPv4.Netmask x.x.x.x
    racadm set iDRAC.IPv4.Gateway x.x.x.x
    racadm set iDRAC.IPv4.DHCPEnable 0
    racadm set iDRAC.IPv4.DNSFromDHCP 0
    racadm set iDRAC.IPv4.DNS1 y.y.y.y
    racadm set iDRAC.IPv4.DNS2 y.y.y.y

Set DNS name:

    racadm set iDRAC.NIC.DNSRacName myiDrac

Set Domain name:

    racadm set iDRAC.NIC.DNSDomainName example.com

Set DNS Servers:

    racadm config -g cfgLanNetworking -o cfgDNSServer1 x.x.x.x
    racadm config -g cfgLanNetworking -o cfgDNSServer2 y.y.y.y

Disable Serial on LAN:

    racadm config -g cfgIpmiSol -o cfgIpmiSolEnable 0


(Where present)

Set to display iDrac's hostname

    racadm set System.LCD.Configuration 16

Display custom text

    racadm set system.lcd.lCDUserString "I AM HERE"

Get current custom text

    racadm get system.lcd.lCDUserString


Soft reset:

    racadm racreset soft

Hard reset:

    racadm racreset hard

Cold reset:

    racadm racreset cold

Enable AC POower recovery:

    racadm set BIOS.SysSecurity.AcPwdRcvry Last
    racadm set BIOS.SysSecurity.AcPwdRcvryDelay Immediate

Server Boot Options

Configure one-off PXE boot:

    racadm set BIOS.OneTimeBoot.OneTimeBootMode OneTimeBootSeq
    racadm set BIOS.OneTimeBoot.OneTimeBootSeqDev NIC.Integrated.1-1-1

Set default boot device to Hard Drive:

    racadm config -g cfgServerInfo -o cfgServerBootOnce 0
    racadm config -g cfgServerInfo -i cfgServerFirstBootDevice HDD

List current boot order:

    racadm get BIOS.BiosBootSettings.bootseq

Serial Redirection

(To allow use of the virtual serial port via SSH)

    racadm config -g cfgSerial -o cfgSerialConsoleEnable 1
    racadm config -g cfgSerial -o cfgSerialBaudRate 115200
    racadm config -g cfgSerial -o cfgSerialCom2RedirEnable 1
    racadm config -g cfgSerial -o cfgSerialTelnetEnable 0
    racadm config -g cfgSerial -o cfgSerialSshEnable 1

Should now be able to SSH to iDrac and access the vsp via "console com2"


Get Physical disk info:

    racadm raid get pdisks

Get all info about disks:

    racadm raid get pdisks -o

Get just state and size (or pass other fields):

    racadm raid get pdisks -o -p state,size

Get Virtual Disks (or Logical Drives in HP Parlance)

    racadm raid get vdisks



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