Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Does Dell's iDRAC come with its own Ethernet Port, or will I have to dedicate one of my regular Ethernet ports (Broadcom onboard) for the DRAC IPKVM traffic?

share|improve this question
up vote 1 down vote accepted

Dell provide an integrated BMC(IPMI) and basic iDRAC services on virtually all current generation servers as standard - they call this iDRAC6 Express. It does not support out of band Console access (apart from Serial over LAN which is a fairly limited text mode console) and uses one of the onboard Broadcom LOM's. The only current generation Dell servers where the iDRAC6 Express is not a standard feature that I'm aware of are the T110 and the C-Series range of high density systems.

iDRAC6 Enterprise is an extra cost on most systems where it is supported and that adds a dedicated management port, full remote console that supports GUI interfaces, and some other features. The only systems that come with this as standard are the M Series Blade servers.

share|improve this answer
Thanks for the detailed explanation. I ordered the iDRAC6 Enterprise. Expensive... $349. But I'm glad it comes with a dedicated port. – AX1 Dec 19 '10 at 19:32

It has it's own ethernet port.

share|improve this answer
Ok thanks Luke! – AX1 Dec 18 '10 at 23:50
There are two types of DRAC's integrated, and dedicated. One has its own port, the other piggybacks on one of the on-board NICs. Be sure to specify this when you order your server. – SpacemanSpiff Dec 19 '10 at 1:15

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.