drac4's uses

Steve Jenkins stevej at cheatcodes.com
Tue May 18 17:53:03 CDT 2010

Even with an unsupported OS, you can still access the DRAC4's web
interface to get console access, powercycle the system, etc. You can
also use the web interface to set up system alerts (temperature, chassis
open alarms, memory errors, etc.) It won't give RAID status or anything,
but it's still worth having one in a production system (especially at
the cheap prices on ebay) just so you can get remote console access or
reboot if you need it.


-----Original Message-----
From: linux-poweredge-bounces at dell.com
[mailto:linux-poweredge-bounces at dell.com] On Behalf Of Matthew Lenz
Sent: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 3:18 PM
To: Linux-PowerEdge at dell.com
Subject: drac4's uses

We're planning on sticking with our 1850/2850s as our production
for the time being.  We never did DRAC4s in any of these machines when
were new but you can get the cards used dirt cheap on ebay (as well as
1850 and 2850 systems).

Are the DRAC4 worth looking at when using non-supported OSes like
Debian?  I 
use openipmi for basic system health stuff but is there other cooler
that the DRAC4 is able to do that ipmi isn't (for non-supported oses)?


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