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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?

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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.

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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.

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Ok thanks Luke! –  AX1 Dec 18 '10 at 23:50
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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

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