PowerEdge::RAC - Remotely manage your PowerEdges with Perl
Harold van Oostrom
pedge at lanceerplaats.nl
Fri Jan 10 12:25:00 CST 2003
Sorry for the long post, I hadn't the time to say it with less words.
This is to announce the availability of a Perl module PowerEdge::RAC
Excerpt from the README
`PowerEdge servers can be remotely managed with the aid of special hardware
known as RAC cards (Remote Access Controller, DRAC II and III, ERA, ERA/O).
The RAC can be accessed through utilities that run atop the OS, but
also directly, through its own NIC. Giving you the ability to (re)start a
server even from a hung or powered-down state. For this last vital function
Dell provides only a slowish and somewhat flaky interface tying you down
to running Java applets in an unfree browser on an unfree OS. This module
tries to remedy that. '
Let me stress that I'm not in any way associated with Dell.
I just bought some PE1650's with ERA/O (O for on-board) that don't
work as advertised. Since Dell has not produced any solution in
four months I decided to try to remedy it myself.
Dell (both support and from this list) initially flat out denied a
problem even existed, but in september our technical contact forwarded
a message stating that Dell was aware of the problem and that a fixed
was planned for the Nov. release (2002).
After more questions on this list Dell also publicly announced that it
would be fixed (thanks Matt !).
The wording `It is being fixed in the next OMSA release ..' brings me to
an important point: From messages on this list it is apparent that quite a few
people seem to confuse the Server Administrator with the RAC. (see Note 1)
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