[Linux-PowerEdge] Automated setup config

Steven_R_Lemons at Dell.com Steven_R_Lemons at Dell.com
Wed Nov 15 12:33:26 CST 2017


I believe you have a couple options available to you, one taking longer to implement than the other.

As previously suggested, Dell OME (Open Manage Essentials) can be leveraged against your already purchased/installed iDRAC ENT. You must discover all 12G/13G servers to populate OME (with valid OOB credentials). Once OME has been populated with these discovered 12G/13G servers, you’re then able to use the flexibility of OME to schedule firmware updates or schedule BIOS configuration jobs such as the one you mention.

The other option would be to leverage the racadm command (https://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/04/Drivers/DriversDetails?driverId=6RWMR) within a PowerShell script against a CSV/TXT file that has all the iDRAC IPs you’re looking to change. Load the CSV/TXT into an array, then enumerate through the array of OOB IPs (assuming all OOB/iDRAC credentials are the same and the host executing the PowerShell script has line-of-sight to each 12G/13G server’s OOB/iDRAC) to execute your racadm command to update BIOS boot setup. The following is a bit dated but shows the process: http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/extras/m/white_papers/20436999

The following racadm example pulls the currently configured value for BootMode from a 13G server. This is something I’d execute first (pull existing configured values) against the array of iDRAC IPs to ensure all match before then executing script to update/change each servers configuration to new BootMode:

C:\WINDOWS\system32>racadm -r aaa.bbb.ccc.ddd -u root -p calvin get bios.biosbootsettings.BootMode
Security Alert: Certificate is invalid - Certificate is not signed by Trusted Third Party
Continuing execution. Use -S option for racadm to stop execution on certificate-related errors.

Hope this helps.


Steven Lemons
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From: linux-poweredge-bounces-Lists On Behalf Of Dan Yasny
Sent: 2017/11/15: Wed 12:09
To: James A. Peltier <jpeltier at sfu.ca>
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Subject: Re: [Linux-PowerEdge] Automated setup config

On Nov 15, 2017 1:01 PM, "James A. Peltier" <jpeltier at sfu.ca<mailto:jpeltier at sfu.ca>> wrote:
----- On 15 Nov, 2017, at 08:02, Dan Yasny <dyasny at gmail.com<mailto:dyasny at gmail.com>> wrote:
I have a large amount of R320, R620 and R630's, all with iDRAC ENT installed. I need to do a bulk change in their setups, like switch all to BIOS boot or back to UEFI.

Doing that host by host takes forever, but I couldn't find the way to automate such a change.

Is there a way at all?

Dell OpenManage?

Not installed on the hosts, they are a large test cluster that keeps getting wiped and reprovisioned

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