Today I’m working on a PowerEdge R430 which has been in it’s box way too long. There were some firmware updates, etc. but also no OS or anything.
The Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) Service Module is a lightweight optional software application that can be installed on Dell 12th Generation Server or greater with iDRAC7
It complements iDRAC interfaces – Graphical User Interface (GUI), Remote Access Controller Admin (RACADM) CLI and Web Service Management (WSMAN) with additional monitoring data.
RAC0690: The iDRAC Service Module is not installed on the operating system of the server. Install the Service Module and retry the operation.
To install this, you’ll need SSH enabled on your host.
datastore1you can copy + paste this command to install it.
esxcli software vib install -d /vmfs/volumes/datastore1/ISM-Dell-Web-2.3.0-223.VIB-ESX60i_A00.zip
Otherwise replace with the path to the file in your datastore.
After you reboot your host and the integration module initializes, you’ll be able to see some more things in your iDRAC:
Host Network Interfaces:
Here you would see any of the VMKernel adapters you’ve configured on your host. I only have one, but if you have many, this can be really helpful.
Service Module Setup
iDRAC Network Interface
Through the dedicated network port, you can access the iDRAC interfaces such as GUI, WSMAN, RACADM, and Redfish client.