Non-windows DRAC client support?
kajtzu at basen.net
Tue Oct 2 12:17:21 CDT 2007
On Oct 1, 2007, at 00:14, t m wrote:
> I read a thread here recently which implied very poor virtual console
> support for non-windows clients using the DRAC 5 web interface.
> Can anyone clarify what clients are really supported by Dell? I've
> been trying to get the virtual console to come up from a Mac with
> Firefox with no luck.
> I'm just trying to get serial over LAN working to the BMC via the DRAC
> or IPMI interfaces, and I suspect that I need to enable this in a BIOS
> boot screen. Anyone know how if this can be configured via the OS?
> I'm trying to avoid a trip to the data center for this.
According to our Dell technical representative the following will work:
RHEL4 WS, Firefox 1.5 (32-bit)
SUSE Linux v10, Firefox 1.5 (32-bit)
I think there's a longer list in the DRAC User/Administrator's guide.
You can substitute RHEL4 with CentOS4 if you wish. It will work just
as well. I have not tried a RHEL5 desktop yet.
I have a MBP as my primary computer and I, too, tried first with
Safari and Firefox. I failed miserably. Then I tried with FC6/7/8 and
just got firefox to segfault and didn't bother looking at it deeper
since it is not something Dell seems to want to support for DRAC.
Once I got the word from Dell that RHEL4 WS 32-bit works, installed a
clean one (+ updates) the virtual console started working.
One thing to remember is that the system wide plugin directory cannot
be written by a non-root user but the virtual media/console plugins
are going to be installed there. Thus you have to chown/chmod them
either before you attempt to install the virtual console/virtual
media firefox plugin. If it fails, check the install.log which can be
found under ~/.mozilla/firefox/something/ for the user doing the
install. I circumvented the permissions issue by creating a vmware
image where the plugin directories get chowned when the user logs in.
That way the environment is "known good" easily replicated.
Also, if you upgrade your DRAC firmware and it contains a more recent
think) detects that you have a older plugin version on your computer
and will pretty much force an upgrade on you.
The FF XPI package contains a binary application (/usr/lib/firefox-
version/plugins/videoviewer) which is Dell probably got from
Avocent :), a XPT package and a few .so files that get installed
Once you get past all the setup problems it really works quite
nicely. :) Serial over LAN is much harder to configure (remember to
fix bios settings, fix grub, fix kernel boot parameters, put
something to listen on ttyS0 or ttyS1, etc.) compared to the "real"
virtual console. It's also not possible to get to the "real" console
using SSH to the DRAC, the connect command there connects only to a
Kaj J. Niemi
<kajtzu at basen.net>
+358 45 63 12000
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