DRAC Network Configuration

This article will show you how to configure the IP address on your Dell Remote Access Controller (DRAC).

Configure the DRAC IP address using the front panel (12th generation servers)

If you have a 12th generation server (i.e. R720, R620, R320, T620, T320) with an LCD front-panel display, you can configure the IP address directly from the front panel, somewhat like configuring an IP address on a print server.

The IP address can be configured at any time, and the server does not need to be rebooted.

The Home screen displays user-configurable information about the system. This screen is displayed during normal system operation when there are no status messages or errors. When the system is in standby mode, the LCD backlight turns off after five minutes of inactivity if there are no error messages. Press one of the three navigation buttons (Select,
Left, or Right) to view the Home screen.

To navigate to the Home screen from another menu, continue to select the up arrow until the Home icon is displayed, and then select the Home icon. From the Home screen, press the Select button to enter the main menu.

From the home screen, use the select and arrow buttons to enter the Setup menu, then select iDRAC, and then select Static IP.

At the next screen, use the arrows and select buttons to set the IP address.

After the IP address is configured, follow the same procedure to set the subnet mask and default gateway.

Navigate back to the Home screen, and you will be able to access the DRAC via your web browser at the IP address you just configured within a couple minutes.

Configure the DRAC IP address from the BIOS

The IP address of the DRAC can be configured in the BIOS (aka configuration utility) using the instructions below. To view a step-by-step screencast of this process, click here.

Power on or restart your server.

After the Dell logo appears, you will see a message about the DRAC configuration utility. When this appears, press <Ctrl><E> as prompted. If you miss the prompt, restart the server and try again.

Once you are in the DRAC configuration utility, use the keyboard arrow keys to select LAN Parameters and then press <Enter> to display the NIC Selection menu.

Use the arrow keys to select the Dedicated mode, unless your server does not have the dedicated DRAC network port (a separate network port on the back of the server with a “wrench” symbol on it). If your server doesn’t have a dedicated DRAC network port, you may select the shared option.

Use the arrow keys to select LAN Parameters, and press <Enter>.

Using the up-arrow and down-arrow keys, select IP Address Source.

Using the right-arrow and left-arrow keys, select Static.

Selected Static, configure the Ethernet IP Address, Subnet Mask, and Default Gateway settings.

Press <Esc>, then <Esc> again to exit the menus, until prompted to select select Save Changes and Exit.

The server will reboot, and you will be able to access the DRAC via your web browser at the IP address you just configured within a couple minutes.

2 thoughts on “DRAC Network Configuration

  1. I am going to assume that the IP address you would like to be entered is in the same subnet as the OS’s IP address. Is that correct?

    • Douglas,

      In nearly all cases, that is correct. The only exception would be if you ran the DRAC and LAN NICs to separate network for security reasons (ex LAN vs. DMZ).

      Regards,

      Oliver

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