matthew at nocturnal.org
Tue May 18 23:27:55 CDT 2010
> On 18 May 2010, at 23:17, Matthew Lenz wrote:
>> 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).
> The prices I've seen have not been dirty cheap, but certainly very
> reasonable. ;)
The ones I'm interested in are the DRAC 4/I. The 1850's and 2850's already
have a slot available on the MB for connecting the DRAC.
Lots of them listed on ebay for as little as $40 each.
>> 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)?
> IMO the significantly cool thing about the DRAC4 is the remote access
> screen viewer / console. You can see whatever is on the screen and
> operate the mouse from across the network, independently of the operating
> system. So you can do so even whilst the system is booting, you can enter
> the BIOS and you can even install the operating system across the
> network, using the virtual media facility. So if your server needs
> booting from a live CD, you can just put that in your laptop and use the
> laptop to control the server's screen.
The virtual CD and console support are very interesting. Primary reason I'm
looking into them. Our servers are in a data center that is 25 miles one
way. I like to avoid it at costs.
> As far as operating system support is concerned, it doesn't matter what
> o/s is installed on the server for using the remote access. But the
> machine you use to do the controlling / viewing will *probably* have to
> be using Windows. Macs certainly don't work. When the DRAC4
Windows desktop isn't a problem.
> was released is was claimed you could view using RedHat & a certain
> version of Firefox, but I never heard of anyone actually doing so (cue
> respondents coming out of the woodwork). DRAC4 viewing remains compatible
> with Windows XP and Internet Explorer 8, however - you just need to
> adjust the browser's security settings to allow the viewer applet to run.
Does anyone know what the last DRAC 4's version's part number was? Looks
like there was at least 4 versions of them released over the years. Does
dell have a place on there site that lists all part numbers available for
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