iDRAC Express configuration on R710

Brent Kimberley Brent.Kimberley at
Thu Mar 8 10:33:05 CST 2012

Hi Adam,
You may want to take a closer look at your NIC(s).

> Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2012 18:24:44 +0100
> From: Jordi Clariana <jordi.clariana at>
> Hi all,
> After some days talking with Dell support, they found the solution. It
> seems that some Broadcom NICs don't have the management controller
> activated, so they do not work over lan. The last clue, after a lot of
> tests, was seeing that after powering the server, without turning it
> on,
> the NIC did not get link. The procedure to activate the managment
> controller is this:
> 1. Download the Dos based Broadcom utility for the affected system
> model
> from the Dell support Drivers & Download site.
> (Bcom_LAN_14.2.x_DOSUtilities_A03.exe) Broadcom NetXtreme Family of
> Adapters DOS Utility
> 2. Find the path to the uxdiag executable (example)
> \Broadcom\DosUtils\Userdiag\NetXtremeII
> 3. Run the following command:
> uxdiag -t abcd ?mfw 1
> 4. After the command completes, the iDrac6 communication will become
> responsive to pings in approximately one minute..

uxdiag configures BCM5706/BCM5708/BCM5709 network adapters.
uediag configures BCM57710 network adapters.

Date: Thu, 08 Mar 2012 08:21:53 -0600
From: Adam Williams <adam_williams at>

I have an R710 with an iDRAC6 Express that I would like to use.  The 
server does not have a NIC port next to the wrench label on the back of 
the unit.  That spot has a plastic blank out piece.  I guess that means 
that the iDRAC6 Express runs over one of the standard NIC ports?  In 
OMSA 6.5 it shows the iDRAC6 Express configured with a proper Static 
IPv4 address for my network, but I am unable to ping the iDRAC6 
Express.  The NIC Selection in the iDRAC6 Express is set to Shared.  The 
active NIC in the server is the NIC labeled as port 3 on the back of the 
server.  Does the network cable need to be plugged into NIC port 1 
instead, or what am I doing wrong?

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