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Changing the IP address of a Dell DRAC from the server command line

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Using Dell racadm on RedHat / CentOS

Recently have had the pleasure of using part of the the Dell Server Administrator tools to manage their hardware on RHEL 5 and 6 servers. The servers had been built and shipped out but the DRACís were un-configured. With RACADM command this is not an issue and can be done with command line tools and the use of configuration files. This is assuming the Server Admin tools have been installed on the system. If they have not, all is not lost.

All you need to do is download OM-SrvAdmin-Dell-Web-LX-7.0.0-4614_A00.tar.gz or the latest from Dellís support site, untar it and run linux/supportscripts/

The screen will change and you will be presented with installation options. Enter 5 and press enter, when you are returned back press ďIĒ and the installation will begin. Once the installation has completed you will be prompted to start the services, press Y and complete the installation.

Now we can set a few parameters such as:

So letís get started setting them up! In the examples below I am ssh into the servers running the commands.

Set the password for the drac root user using racadm command.
# racadm config -g cfgUserAdmin -o cfgUserAdminPassword -i 2 "newpassword"

Set DRAC nic
# racadm setniccfg -s

Get the current nic config
# racadm getniccfg

NIC Enabled     = 1
DHCP Enabled    = 0
IP Address      =
Subnet Mask     =
Gateway         =
Set DNS servers
# racadm config -g cfgLanNetworking -o cfgDNSServer1
# racadm config -g cfgLanNetworking -o cfgDNSServer2

Set DNS Rac Name
# racadm config -g cfgLanNetworking -o cfgDNSRacName myserver

Set DRAC DNS Domain
# racadm config -g cfgLanNetworking -o cfgDNSDomainName

This is just a small piece of what you can do with racadm command. If you want to export the current settings to a file this can be done with getconfig sub-command.

# racadm getconfig -f config.txt

Now you can use this as a template and make changes to use on other systems to set DRACís. This also is a good way to see all the settings and parameter names for making more command line changes. Once you have made the changes you can copy the file to the server and use:

# racadm config -f config.txt

and the settings will be imported into the system.

Other useful commands are:

Reset DRAC configuration to factory defaults
# racadm racresetcfg

power off / power on / reboot
# racadm serveraction [powerdown|powerup|powercycle]

View system event log (this will let you see why the orange light is blinking)
# racadm getsel

Clear system event log (this will clear the blinking orange light)
# racadm clear

Get service tag
# racadm getsvctag

Get current system information
# racadm getsysinfo

Hope this helps you to manage your Dell hardware as it does for me!

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Howto Change the IP address of a Dell 4-P DRAC from the command line without rebooting the server

Normally you configure a Dell Remote Access Card (DRAC) when a server is initially commissioned. Once the card is set, administrators rarely if ever need to modify the settings. If you do need to change the settings, the server needs to be restarted so the DRAC BIOS can be modified, which obviously results in system downtime and requires a physical presence at the server console.

I had Dell onsite at one of my remote offices 150 miles away from me today. The tech replaced the DRAC, and once he verified the RAC service started on the Windows 2003 server he was out of there. No one onsite was technical enough to change the DRAC's default IP address of to a real IP on our subnet, so I had to change in via the Dell racadm command line tool.

Here's how I changed the DRAC's IP address:

The DRAC 4/P software is installed into the C:\Program Files\Dell\SysMgt\RAC4 directory by default, so I changed to this directory from a command prompt.

Next I used the racadm.exe utility to configure the DRAC's TCP/IP settings:

racadm setniccfg -s

where is the ip address I want assigned to the DRAC is the DRAC's subnet mask is the default gateway used by the DRAC

That's it! I was immediately able to browse to and login to the DRAC with the default account root and default password calvin. No server restart is required.

How can I do to view the DRAC IP Address

    Nacho says:

    Don't you know how can I do to view the DRAC IP Address from Windows?

Julie says:

      From the server run

      racadm getniccfg


    Jody Falcon says:

    Do you know how to do this on a Linux server? I did a search for racadm and could not find it. Using Redhat 4.2 on a Dell PE 6800. Any help would be greatly appreciated.


    NeoKorteX says:

    Mabye this can help?

How to get the DRAC IP address from the localhost

Posted by jlisaacs

on 13 Jul 2016 10:35

Anyone know of way to get the IDRAC IP without racadm? Like 0 You have posted to a forum that requires a moderator to approve posts before they are publicly available.

Posted by theflash1932

on 13 Jul 2016 12:20

OMSA, but you'd have racadm access if that were installed. Why can't you use racadm? What OS? The only other way is to reboot to CTRL-D/E or scan the network and hope it is on the same subnet. Default is
Mendy Aug 23, 2014 at 11:04 PM

IntelliComp Technologies is an IT service provider.

Radmin has an IP Scanner that does port scan along with it...always worked for me.

Dukat Aug 24, 2014 at 6:19 PM
reboot them. The drac IP info is shown on the boot screens.