How to change the default password on a DRAC 5?

Jared list-dell at
Sat Feb 21 23:18:34 CST 2009

I've not been able to get racadm to work, but if you have physical access to
the box then you can use the RAC setup utility to easily change the
password.  You need to hit Ctrl-E when prompted during the boot process.

Otherwise, if you know the password, then you can login and change it
through the web interface (or SSH, if that's enabled).  I don't remember
what the default password is, but I've found it in the past by searching the


On 02/20/2009 12:46 PM, dnk wrote:
> Hi there,
> I am having problems finding the proper way to change the default  
> password on a DRAC 5.
> I found references to having to use the racadm tool, and issuing:
> # racadm config -g cfgUserAdmin -o cfgUserAdminPassword -i 2  
> "newpasswordhere"
> I figured out how to install from the dell linux repos.
> I was just trying to play with it a bit to get familiar, and I am  
> getting an error:
> [root at backup ~]# racadm getconfig -g cfgUserAdmin -i 2
> ERROR: RACADM is unable to process the requested subcommand because  
> there is no
> local RAC configuration to communicate with.
> Local RACADM subcommand execution requires the following:
>   1. A Remote Access Controller (RAC) must be present on the managed  
> server
>   2. Appropriate managed node software must be installed and running  
> on the
> What do I need to do to get it running?
> Or is there a simpler way to just change the default password?
> Thanks!
> D

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