linux + firefox + drac 5 console = no go?

Thorsten Staerk Thorsten.Staerk at
Wed Sep 10 07:34:04 CDT 2008

On Wednesday 10 September 2008 11:17:37 linux-poweredge-request at 
> Message: 3
> Date: Tue, 09 Sep 2008 11:43:16 -0700
> From: Aaron <dell at>
> Subject: Re: linux + firefox + drac 5 console = no go?
> Message-ID: <48C6C3C4.3020003 at>
> 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>
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> >>>
> >>> 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.   :-(

Firefox 2 32bit under SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 works for me, including 
the DRAC 5 console. If you are root, installing and running the console 
plugin works out of the box. If you are not root, you have to adjust your 
file system permissions.

best regards
Thorsten Staerk

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