[Linux-PowerEdge] Accessing BMC or iDRAC when server is off.

Mauro Antivero mauro.antivero at gmail.com
Tue Sep 24 04:00:23 CDT 2013

Thanks a lot, excellent information!

So, in brief (tell me please if this is correct):

- BMC *will not respond to ping*

- With BMC you can do basic manage (status, power on / off) via command 
line or, *only when the server is on* via the Dell OMSA web GUI.

- When the server is off the only method to command the server is via 
"ipmitool" (command line).

- With iDRAC you can do all the stuff that you can do with BMC plus many 

- With iDRAC you can access to the web GUI using the iDRAC ip even when 
the server is off and you have a remote console that show exactly the 
same that the VGA display port shows and deploy an OS (enterprise iDRAC 
only). So is like you are in front of the server.

- You can work with the iDRAC via command line tool too. In this case 
the tool is "racadm".


And now some questions about BMC on R310. I'm having the next problem:

When I do the next in the R310 Linux console (via SSH for example):

ipmitool channel info

I got the next information:

Channel 0x3 info:
   Channel Medium Type   : System Interface
   Channel Protocol Type : KCS
   Session Support       : session-less
   Active Session Count  : 0
   Protocol Vendor ID    : 7154

Then, when I do the next in a remote PC:

ipmitool -I lan -H -U <username> -a channel info


ipmitool -I lanplus -H -U <username> -a channel info

And enter the correct password when required I get the next:

Using "lan":

Error: Unable to establish LAN session
Unable to Get Channel Info

Using "lanplus":

Error: Unable to establish IPMI v2 / RMCP+ session
Unable to Get Channel Info

I know that the username ans password are correct (I configured them) 
and the is reachable. In fact the Debian OS main IP is and I can reach it perfectly.

Where can be the problem?

Thanks a lot again.

Regards, Mauro.

El 24/09/13 04:26, Shine_KA at Dell.com escribió:
> iDRAC will respond to ping and BMC will not respond to ping.
> You can manage BMC system (both R310 and R410 in your case) using ipmi commands. BMC management capability will be limited when compared to iDRAC. For mange BMC system you need to install ipmitool on one of the client machine and below command will help you to perform power action
> ipmitool -I lanplus -H <iDRAC/BMC IP> -U <iDRAC/BMC Username> -P < iDRAC/BMC Password> power <Options>
>                          Where options can be status, on, off, cycle, reset
>                          You can get a list of supported commands on ipmitool using below command
>                          ipmitool -I lanplus -H <iDRAC/BMC IP> -U <iDRAC/BMC Username> -P < iDRAC/BMC Password>
> ipmitool -I lanplus -H <iDRAC/BMC IP> -U <iDRAC/BMC Username> -P < iDRAC/BMC Password> <cmd>
>                          You can download ipmitool application from below link
> http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/en/04/DriverDetails/Product/poweredge-r310?driverId=YPH9W&osCode=WLHS1&fileId=3230149641&languageCode=EN&categoryId=SM
> For managing iDRAC system (R410 in your case) you can use iDRAC Web GUI or Remote Racadm (CLI).
>                          For more information on iDRAC please refer below links
>                                      User Guide : ftp://ftp.dell.com/Manuals/all-products/esuprt_electronics/esuprt_software/esuprt_remote_ent_sys_mgmt/integrated-dell-remote-access-cntrllr-6-for-monolithic-srvr-v1.95_User%27s%20Guide_en-us.pdf
>                                      Racadm Guide : ftp://ftp.dell.com/Manuals/all-products/esuprt_electronics/esuprt_software/esuprt_remote_ent_sys_mgmt/integrated-dell-remote-access-cntrllr-6-for-monolithic-srvr-v1.95_Reference%20Guide_en-us.pdf
>                          For power action you can run below racadm command
>                                      Racadm -r <iDRAC IP> -u <iDRAC Username> -p < iDRAC Password> serveraction <Options>
>                                                  Where options are gracefulshutdown, powerdown, powerup, powercycle, powerstatus
>                                      For doing power action from iDRAC GUI refer section "Executing Power Control Operations on the Server" on iDRAC userguide
> For installing OS refer below sections on iDRAC user guide. You need to have iDRAC enterprise to use these features
>              Deploying Your Operating System Using VMCLI
> Configuring and Using Virtual Media
> Remote File Share
> You can download remote racadm application from below link
>                          http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/en/04/DriverDetails/Product/poweredge-r310?driverId=6J8M0&osCode=WLHS1&fileId=3229451763&languageCode=EN&categoryId=SM
> Thanks & Regards
> Shine K A
> -----Original Message-----
> From: linux-poweredge-bounces-Lists On Behalf Of Mauro Antivero
> Sent: Monday, September 23, 2013 10:30 PM
> To: linux-poweredge-Lists
> Subject: [Linux-PowerEdge] Accessing BMC or iDRAC when server is off.
> Hello again to all.
> As I said in later e-mails currently I have two servers, a R310 only with BMC and a R410 with iDRAC 6. Both servers are running Debian 7.1 and have OpenManage installed and running.
> At this moment I can acces OpenManage in both server using:
> <eth0-IP>:1311
> This, off course, when the server is on.
> What I'm trying to do now is manage the server whe it's off, but I don't know how to do that.
> Both server has the correct IP configuration for management. The R410 responds ping to iDRAC IP, but the R310 don't responds ping to the BMC IP. I read somewhere that the BMC don't respond ping, is that right?
> In all case, besides the CLI (which I currently have no idea how to use it - I downloaded the CLI manual but I don't read anything yet - ), is there any other way to manage the server? For example turning it on or install the SO (the last only with iDRAC).
> Thanks a lot as always and regards.
> Mauro.
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