Saturday, March 14, 2009

Remote Access: Dell DRAC5

Out-of-Band (OOB) Remote Access isn't really new, its just a better version of remote control that covers all events including hardware monitoring which is the common limitation when remotely managing servers in locations (ie. data centers and honeypots) that have limited manpower or technological capacity.

I've been playing wth HP Integrated Lights-Out (iLO) before and have tried even the desktop version that Hewlitt Packard co-manufactured with Intel in the DC7700P series, some 2 years ago.

Right now, some learning was required when differentiating the installation of Dell's DRAC5 particularly between the PowerEdge 1950 and the PowerEdge 2900 (which isn't the same body as a PE2950). The realization is that DRAC5 pertains to the same card but depending on your server model its going to be a different set of DRAC cables. Why don't they just ship with both configurations in the first place?

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