I have read that Dell's have built in DRAC so you can access it remotely.
Dells have an option for a remote card. If you ordered on-line you usually get several options, varying from
no DRAC, to
DRAC express to
DRAC enterprise. What is installed depends on which option you selected (or, if you did not change it, on what the default on the order form is).
[Edit] Or rather, I should say what the original buyer selected. I read over the "I bought a used Dell F1D".
There are 3 Ethernet plugs in the back but I do not know which one to use.
How are they labeled? In the case of my Dell R300 the NICs were labeled
eth0 (second network card in the OS), eth1 (first network card in the OS) and DRAC.
That made it pretty clear which port was for the DRAC.
In the BIOS it says I can configure Remote access on [com1] or [com2]
not sure if that is ethernet 1 & 2.
It is not. You can use the DRAC to stimulate a serial port.
I also set it up so to use a static IP adress.
That is the field you want to use.
That is as far as I have gone. Not sure what to do next.
Connect the DRAC port to the network.
Connect your laptop to the network.
Make sure they are on the same network (same net, different IP)
Now power up the Dell and in a browser on your laptop fill in the DRAC IP in a browser. You will get a webpage with lots of information in the Dell. You can check sensors. Power it off, check the console output etc. Play with it and learn what it can do.
I have tried to do a PXE server with TFTP but get stuck at Error "cant locate file"
or something like that. Not even sure I want to go that route anymore because of all
the hassel of editing files.
You can mount an ISO via the DRAC interface. (well, some of them, not sure if you can do it with the express version of the DRAC). It will appear as a locally mounted CD.
What steps to I do now?
Reading the manual would be a good start. For me it did a decent job of explaining things (even though the remote volume via DRAC failed miserably when I tried it on anything but a windows running laptop).
One of the steps in the manual should be to configure the DRAC and set up a username and password. The default password should be changed before you connect your sever to a public network, else anyone who can google will discover admin/calvin and will have the option of deleting everything on your computer.