[Linux-PowerEdge] PowerEdge R210ii, Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS, and iDRAC6/IPMI

Peter Williams peter at newton.cx
Tue Sep 13 10:21:07 CDT 2016

(Apologies for the double-post earlier.)

As often happens, I did some more googling and made progress: I needed
to install an extra package (srcadmin-hapi) and start some servers
before I could successfully use racadm [as documented here: http://list
s.us.dell.com/pipermail/linux-poweredge/2012-January/045819.html ].

So now hopefully I can make some more progress on being able to access
this thing over the network -- I can't even ping it right now. So my
previous question remains: do I need to do anything special to enable
the NIC "teaming" referred to by the documentation?



On Tue, 2016-09-13 at 10:44 -0400, Peter Williams wrote:
> Hello,
> I've got a PowerEdge R210ii running Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS with an iDRAC6
> Express card installed. I recently sat down to try to get remote
> management working on it, and have been having trouble getting things
> to work.
> Unfortunately, the machine is hooked up to a somewhat funky network
> setup, and some of its network connections involve switches that I
> don't have full access to, so when it comes to network-based
> management
> I can't rule out issues unrelated to the machine itself. So I thought
> I'd start by trying "local" RAC operations.
> I'm not having any luck on that front either. I've added the
> repository
> at http://linux.dell.com/repo/community/ubuntu/, installed the
> 'srvadmin-idracadm' package, then tried to run "sudo
> /opt/dell/srvadmin/sbin/racadm getsysinfo". I get:
>     The RAC is unable to communicate with the BMC. This condition may
>     occur because of (1) no BMC is present, (2) missing or
> disfunctional
>     IPMI-related software components. Many RAC features depend on BMC
>     connectivity in order to work properly, and you may see failures
>     as a result.
>     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
>         server
> Am I even trying the right thing here? Maybe a BIOS setting I need to
> change?
> While I'm at it ... the docs on network-based management seem to say
> that the OS needs to support "teaming" on the NIC for things to work.
> Is this something that should just magically work in my setup, or do
> I
> need to do some special configuration in the Ubuntu install?
> Thanks for any pointers,
> Peter
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