DRAC setup with bonded interfaces

Jonathan jonathan at schwarzelan.de
Thu Mar 1 10:48:22 CST 2012

Hi Donny,

It is possible to get the iDRACs working over a bonded interface.
But I guess it might differ for bonding modes: I could imagine bond-mode 
4 (802.3ad mode) to cause issues,
I am sure that bonding modes 0,1,2,3,5,6 work (and I have extensively 
used modes 5+6) for a share iDRAC.

However watch out for a possible Firmware-Bug (I have an issue open with 
Dell for >10month now, and only slowly we are getting somewhere) where 
the iDRAC express 'shared' interfaces suddenly fail (and are only truly 
and reliably reachable while the OS is powered down) - in my case for 5 
R815 boxes this is true.

So keep an eye on things.


On 03/01/2012 05:11 PM, Donny Brooks wrote:
> I have a few poweredge servers that I am loading proxmox (debian based)
> on to. They are as follows:
> R610 with a iDRAC 6 enterprise
> 2 x 2900's with I think iDRAC 5 express in each
> T710 with iDRAC 6 Express
> The R610 and T710 each have 4 NIC's that I plan to bond 2 for SAN
> traffic and 2 bonded with trunk for standard network while the 2900's
> each only have 2 so it will be 1 and 1. In our setup we run various
> vlans and I want the DRAC's to be accessible on the default untagged
> vlan of 1 just the same as the switches and the hypervisors for the
> virtual machines. However I have not found a concise setup for these to
> get them accessible on the network. Since the R610 and T710 will be over
> a trunked and bonded interface is this even possible? Any guidance is
> greatly appreciated.
> Donny B.
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