iDRAC6 Express on PE R610?

Tom Rockwell rockwell at pa.msu.edu
Sun Aug 1 08:08:40 CDT 2010


Hi,

I'm happy to report that the firmware 1.50 release has resolved the 
trouble we were having with iDRAC6 (Express and Enterprise).

Cheers,
Tom

On 7/9/10 4:43 AM, james.adams at stfc.ac.uk wrote:
> Hi there,
>
> A colleague of mine saw this very same behaviour (on either an r410 or
> r610), with a bit of hacking around we determined that the driver in the
> linux kernel running on the iDRAC, not the system was at fault. I
> believe he was also investigating whether the issue was related to the
> amount of network traffic on the interface. I will have a chat with him
> for you to see if he managed to solve it or come to any other
> conclusions, but he's on leave at the moment.
>
>
> James Adams
> Systems Administrator
> Peta-Scale Computing and Storage Group
> Science&  Technology Facilities Council
> Rutherford Appleton Laboratory
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: linux-poweredge-bounces at dell.com
> [mailto:linux-poweredge-bounces at dell.com] On Behalf Of Tom Rockwell
> Sent: 08 July 2010 21:16
> To: Shine_KA at dell.com
> Cc: linux-poweredge at lists.us.dell.com
> Subject: Re: iDRAC6 Express on PE R610?
>
> Hi,
>
> To reproduce, I do the following:
>
> - reboot node
> - enter iDRAC6 Express confguration
> - reset to default configuration
> - enable IPMI over LAN, set ip address, netmask, gateway and root
> password
> - exit and reboot
> - press f2 to enter setup screen, leave node sitting at this screen
>
> The above is OS independent, AFAIK.
>
> The iDRAC6 becomes pingable at start of second reboot.  It stops
> responding to pings after 3 to 10 minutes.  Results are similar with the
>
> OS Scientific Linux 5.4 running.
>
> BIOS is 1.3.6, iDRAC6 Express FW is 1.30.7 (I think I saw that
> correctly).  Have also tested with a 2.X BIOS.
>
> The iDRAC6 has no VLAN configured, the switch port has an untagged VLAN
> setup.  It may be that the VLAN has traffic on it that confuses the
> iDRAC?  I'll try an isolated VLAN for the iDRAC.
>
> We don't understand if we have some network issue, there is a firmware
> bug, a combination of these two, or something else going on.
>
> Thanks,
> Tom Rockwell
>
> On 7/7/10 11:47 PM, Shine_KA at Dell.com wrote:
>> Hi,
>> 	Can you provide following information to understand more on this
>> issue
>>
>> 1: Operating system used on R610
>> 2: Is there any VLAN configured for iDRAC and Host OS
>> 3: Which iDRAC FW version are you using
>> 4: Does the ping failure observed after Server starts or once the OS
>> starts
>>
>> Thanks&   Regards
>>
>> Shine K A
>> Product Group
>> Dell | Bangalore Development Center
>> Phone: +91 80 280 77756
>> Mob: +91 9448175422
>>
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: linux-poweredge-bounces at dell.com
>> [mailto:linux-poweredge-bounces at dell.com] On Behalf Of Tom Rockwell
>> Sent: Thursday, July 08, 2010 8:16 AM
>> To: linux-poweredge-Lists
>> Subject: iDRAC6 Express on PE R610?
>>
>> Hi,
>>
>> We have some poweredge r610 nodes with the iDRAC6 Express card.  We
> want
>>
>> to use them with the first NIC shared between OS and the DRAC.
> However,
>>
>> the DRAC falls off the network (stops responding to pings) shortly
> after
>>
>> starting up.  We have just tried with an iDRAC6 Enterprise using the
>> dedicated port and this is stable.  Anyone using the shared port
>> configuration with iDRAC6 Express?  Any "tricks" to making this work?
>>
>> Thanks,
>> Tom Rockwell
>> Michigan State U.
>>
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