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I have a Poweredge T610 and I was wondering if it is possible to completely erase and rebuild the RAID array remotely with DRAC

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The DRAC is simply a remote-control and monitoring system. Assuming you have the Enterprise version and can view the console, you can do anything you want to the server as though you were in front of it. However, the DRAC can't actually do anything with the RAID at all - you'd need to boot the server and go in to the RAID configuration tool during startup to change the configuration. You simply be accessing this screen through the DRAC as opposed to sitting in front it physically.

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Actually DRAC can access bios settings (EFI), sensors, io ports and network packets. But I think for PERC you can only query the drive status (with IPMI). –  eckes Feb 16 at 22:03

I say yes, it's possible. Why shouldn't it be possible? DRAC doesn't use the hard drives.

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Not a useful answer as it isn't at all supported but instead hinges on a "why not" argument. (and in fact, the answer is "sort of", as is displayed by the marked answer since the DRAC actually doesn't allow you to reconfigure RAID controllers but with Enterprise enablement will allow remote virtual console to the PERC configuration session) –  Ruscal Jan 6 at 21:12

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