Our server is a Dell Poweredge R610. There is no iDRAC installed, but I understand it still has iDRAC6 Express by default.
When I boot the server, it says
System Services Disabled and it won't let me boot into BIOS or OS. So I let the boot procedure go on until the end where it says:
I have to wait for this to time out - about two or three minutes. Then I get this message:
Alert! IDRAC6 communication failure. Rebooting.
On the second boot, it is all the same as above, except that at the end it says:
Alert! iDRAC6 not responding. Power required may exceed PSU wattage
At this point it lets me push F1 to continue to OS or F2 to enter BIOS. Both of these options work.
My problem is that there is no ctrl+e option to enter iDRAC settings.
I have tried resetting the nvram on the motherboard by moving the jumper, and I've tried removing complete power (even flea power), but it doesn't make any difference.
How do I fix this? I can't boot the machine without a long delay and user intervention. This is similar to this thread, but I'm not trying to login to the iDRAC at all (and yes, I am familiar with the troubleshooting guide).
Oh, I guess nobody knows of a fix besides replacing the motherboard? Maybe there is just a component to replace? I'm dying here.
Apparently, whatever is wrong also disables the Virtualization settings in the BIOS, too, making it impossible to start any virtual machines hosted by Exsi.