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I have some Dell servers which I'm not sure if there are any DRAC cards installed (shame on me), and I'm trying to find a way to check it.

Up to now, lspci and omreport reports nothing. dmesg | grep DRAC is unreliable since it gets rotated. racadm should work but I've no way to get it installed on a Debian box.

Any more ideas? Thanks.

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I get a working copy of racadm from, and it works. (I'm a regular user of omreport/omconfig, but missed the racadm part of sara-omsa. Silly me.) Still wondering about the lspci issue, though. – 0x44 Dec 11 '09 at 15:16

"ipmitool sdr elist mcloc" is probably what you're looking for; it even works with the newer iDRAC6es, which are integrated with the mainboard and thus don't show up in the FRU list:

$ sudo ipmitool sdr elist mcloc
BMC              | 00h | ok  |  7.1 | Dynamic MC @ 20h
DRAC 5           | 00h | ok  | 11.1 | Dynamic MC @ 26h

$ bash-3.00$ sudo ipmitool sdr elist mcloc
iDRAC6           | 00h | ok  |  7.1 | Dynamic MC @ 20h
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This is a perfectly direct method, and worked with both DRAC and iDRAC. Thanks for the tip, saving this one! – TechZilla Feb 11 '13 at 18:06

This post indicates that lspci should be able to see the card:

04:04.0 Class ff00: Dell Remote Access Card 4
04:04.1 Class ff00: Dell Remote Access Card 4 Daughter Card Virtual UART
04:04.2 Class ff00: Dell Remote Access Card 4 Daughter Card SMIC
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My cards are all DRAC 5. Maybe it's a DRAC 5 issue? – 0x44 Dec 11 '09 at 14:00

what about listing usb devices?

you should find at least virtual kbd / mouse, and possibly pendrive / cd.

somehost0:~# lsusb -v|less
Bus 001 Device 036: ID 413c:0000 Dell Computer Corp.
Device Descriptor:
  bLength                18
  bDescriptorType         1
  bcdUSB               1.10
  bDeviceClass            0 (Defined at Interface level)
  bDeviceSubClass         0
  bDeviceProtocol         0
  bMaxPacketSize0        64
  idVendor           0x413c Dell Computer Corp.
  idProduct          0x0000
  bcdDevice            0.00
  iManufacturer           1 Dell
  iProduct                2 DRAC5

it seems it can be narrowed down to parsing result of:

lsusb -v -d 413c:0000
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lsusb requires root privileges to get the DRAC info. A simple grep against /proc/bus/usb/devices would be cheaper, I guess. – 0x44 Dec 11 '09 at 15:32

not a solution, but if it's debian the boot messages are stored in /var/log/dmesg* which is not rotated. Still you have to know what you're looking for in terms of name; perhaps it shows up on lspci with an 'unknown' name?

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Good catch. /var/log/dmesg is NOT rotated. I was wrong. – 0x44 Dec 11 '09 at 14:19
/var/log/dmesg CAN be rotated if it's specified in /etc/logrotate.d/syslog (or one of the other files in /etc/logrotate.d) – Michael Martinez Dec 12 '14 at 21:48

As lorenzog noted, /var/log/dmesg is not rotated as I thought, so let's grep it:

$ grep -i 'dell\|drac' /var/log/dmesg
ACPI: RSDP (v002 DELL                                  ) @ 0x00000000000f2a00
ACPI: XSDT (v001 DELL   PE_SC3   0x00000001 DELL 0x00000001) @ 0x00000000000f2a80
ACPI: FADT (v003 DELL   PE_SC3   0x00000001 DELL 0x00000001) @ 0x00000000000f2b88
ACPI: MADT (v001 DELL   PE_SC3   0x00000001 DELL 0x00000001) @ 0x00000000000f2c7c
ACPI: SPCR (v001 DELL   PE_SC3   0x00000001 DELL 0x00000001) @ 0x00000000000f2d5d
ACPI: HPET (v001 DELL   PE_SC3   0x00000001 DELL 0x00000001) @ 0x00000000000f2dad
ACPI: MCFG (v001 DELL   PE_SC3   0x00000001 DELL 0x00000001) @ 0x00000000000f2de5
ACPI: DSDT (v001 DELL   PE_SC3   0x00000001 MSFT 0x0100000e) @ 0x0000000000000000
input: Dell DRAC5 as /class/input/input0
input: USB HID v1.10 Keyboard [Dell DRAC5] on usb-0000:00:1d.7-1.1
input: Dell DRAC5 as /class/input/input1
input: USB HID v1.10 Mouse [Dell DRAC5] on usb-0000:00:1d.7-1.1
  Vendor: Dell      Model: Virtual  CDROM    Rev: 123
  Vendor: Dell<7>usb-storage: device scan complete

There are two USB devices attributed to DRAC. However, I still have no way to get it listed under lspci. DRAC should be connected to a PCI bus, right?

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I'd be cautious of parsing /var/log/dmesg. It should work, but it's a static file created at boot and not necessarily indicative of the running state. Likewise the output from dmesg can sometimes be filled past it's buffer. Much safer to use procfs or sysfs where possible. – Dan Carley Dec 11 '09 at 14:54
Good point. Thanks. ;-) – 0x44 Dec 11 '09 at 15:23

If you have a DRAC installed, does it supercede the Baseboard Mananagment Controller's IPMI interface? If so, you can query through IPMI to see what the settings are.

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There is an easier way to check the iDRAC version:

server# omreport chassis info |grep DRAC
iDRAC6 Version                           : 1.50
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