Installing DRAC on Dell R720 servers

Below is a guide on how to install DRAC admin tools for DELL R720 / R310 servers on CentOS and configure with RACADM

Download OM-SrvAdmin-Dell-Web-LX-7.0.0-4614_A00.tar.gz or the latest from Dell’s support site and untar it.

CentOS is not supported so RPM’s should be installed manually. On supported systems running the will prompt what features should be installed, press 5 (All) and I (install).

Manual Installation:

1.Set up the Dell OpenManage Repository at, like this:

wget -q -O - | bash

2.Optional Install OpenManage Server Administrator: yum install srvadmin-all

Make sure services are running:

service dsm_om_shrsvc start
service dsm_sa_ipmi start
service instsvcdrv start

Now we can set a few parameters such as:

  • root password
  • DRAC nic config
  • Rac DNS servers
  • DRAC DNS Domain
  • DNS Rac name

So let’s 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”

Password can be also set by the web interface. Default user / pass: root / calvin

Set DRAC nic configuration:

Set IP address:

racadm config -g cfgLanNetworking -o cfgNicIpAddress
racadm config -g cfgLanNetworking -o cfgNicNetmask
racadm config -g cfgLanNetworking -o cfgNicGateway

Set NIC to dedicated:

racadm config -g cfgLanNetworking -o cfgNicSelection 2

Get the current nic config
# racadm getniccfg

NIC Enabled = 1
 DHCP Enabled = 0 
IP Address  = 
Subnet Mask = 
Gateway =

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 DRAC’s. 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