linux + firefox + drac 5 console = no go?

Aaron dell at
Tue Sep 9 13:43:16 CDT 2008

Terry Gliedt wrote:
> christian.peper at wrote:
>>> Date: Thu, 4 Sep 2008 05:16:34 -0800
>>> From: "Alec O'Neill" <alec.oneill at>
>>> Subject: linux + firefox + drac 5 console = no go?
>>> To: linux-poweredge at
>>> Message-ID: <C6488551576.00000106alec.oneill at>
>>> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=US-ASCII
>>> Hi all,
>>> Is anyone else having problems accessing system consoles 
>>> using linux + firefox + drac 5?   
>>> I can access the DRAC, but when I hit "Console Redirect" I get a 
>>>   Loading the Console Redirection Plugin...
>>> and then nothing but an hourglass.
>>> Our security team checked the FW logs, but there's nothing there.  
>>> I know this used to work.  My guess is that one of the recent 
>>> updates (to linux or firefox) screwed this up.
>> Then you know more than I do. We have never gotten it too work. neither
>> in FF1, FF2 or FF3... Sad but true. Sticking to VM with IE6 and no
>> security, with VM set to discard changes upon shutdown. Works fine.
> I second this too. I've stopped ordering machines with DRAC since the 
> only function I really need from them is a remote console and it has not 
> worked for me for a very long time.
> In fact when IBM recent matched Dell on a bid I gladly jumped to using 
> their gear since their RAS remote console actually works. As you can 
> guess, it's a sore point with me since ALL of my machines are remote.

Ditto.   I find them useful for power on/off, but for console it is 
completely useless.  I don't have any windows machines and thus do not 
have IE6 un-patched.  I am not going to waste a VM for a windows install 
and even if I were, it is against policy to install windows.  Hopefully 
they are working on a firmware upgrade that completely changes the 
console architecture.  In the mean time I am looking for alternative 
cards.  We had a KVM solution but it was horrible and that is why we 
started getting the DRACs with all the servers.  I was not the one who 
tested the DRAC.   :-(

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