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I recently tried to use a Dell iDRAC 6 Express for the first time on a PowerEdge T310. I logged in using the default username and password and clicked around a few of the screens. Suddely the login prompt came back and now it will not accept the default login credentials. I'm pretty sure I didn't change any settings, so I'm not sure why it will not let me log in.

Any suggestions? In case I did change the password unwittingly somehow (though I'm pretty sure I didn't), would there be a way to reset it?

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You should be able to reset the iDRAC Express from within the Setup (BIOS).

Just an FYI for others: I learned (rather painfully) that the iDRAC Express does not have remote console functionality, you can only manage power (reboot, power on/off, etc.) as well as monitor fans, temperatures, and a few other features.

  • +1 Good point about the Express card not having remote console access. – jftuga May 8 '11 at 1:13
  • I chewed out my Dell rep for failing to mention that to me when I asked, "does this server come with DRAC?". It's a sad day when the "RAC" in DRAC is not there. – gravyface May 8 '11 at 1:15
  • It does seem like a rather limited device when all you can do is turn off the power without being able to see what's on the screen. – Tim Long May 9 '11 at 9:42
  • IPMI should still allow remote console (serial console redirection). – AndreasM Aug 16 '11 at 13:10
  • @AndreasM: which is pretty useless on Windows. – gravyface Aug 16 '11 at 13:32

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