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Dell PowerEdge Guide 14th Generation

How do I connect to the iDRAC?

In the order completion mail, there are two IP addresses; one of them for the server itself and the other one for the iDRAC. The login details for the iDARC are noted in the email below the login details for the server itself (they are separate logins).

iDRAC login screen


Just enter the iDRAC IP into the address bar of your browser and confirm any possible security warnings. After that, you will see a web interface and you can log on with the iDRAC login information. At this point, you can use the KVM function, turn the server on and off, mount an ISO image for an installation, and diagnose hardware problems.


How do I change the iDRAC password?

First, log in to the iDRAC and select in the menu „iDRAC Settings“ the item „Users“.

Change password


Now click on the user whose password you want to change (e.g. root) and then on the "Edit" button.

2nd step change password


In the pop-up that now appears, you can already change the password in the respective fields and then apply it by clicking on "Save".


What is the KVM function and how do I use it?

The KVM function, more specifically the KVM over IP function, enables you to use the server over a network just as if you were directly in front of the machine with a screen, a keyboard, and a mouse directly attached. When you log on to the iDRAC, you see a preview of the current video output of the server on the right third of the website.

iDRAC dashboard


If you click on „Launch Virtual Console“ below the preview and confirm the requests for pop-up windows for the iDRAC address, a new window opens first. In this window, you must add an exception for the SSL certificate. You will then be connected live and can operate the server just like any other computer. For special functions such as a reboot or to send certain key combinations (e.g. CTRL-ALT-DEL), use the menu „Console Controls“ in this KVM window.

KVM window


How do I configure the RAID controller?

First, log in to the iDRAC and select "Storage configuration" in the upper menu under "Configuration".

Now select the "PERC H730P Mini" controller from the "Controller" drop-down menu and scroll down until you see the item "Virtual Disk Configuration". There you click on the button "Create Virtual Disk".

iDRAC 9 RAID Configuration


Now a new window opens, where you first select your desired RAID level. In our example we use „RAID-1“.

iDRAC 9 RAID Configuration Window


iDRAC 9 RAID Configuration Window


After selecting the RAID level, scroll down in the window and select the disks that should belong to the array. Then click on „Add to Pending Operations“.

iDRAC 9 RAID Configuration


After adding the RAID configuration task, scroll down and select when the process should be performed. In our example we choose "Apply now".

You can now monitor the status of the process in the "Job Queue". To do this, click on "Maintenance" in the top menu and then on "Job Queue".

iDRAC 9 Job Queue


If the process reaches the status "Completed", the logical drive should be visible in the operating system at this time and should be visible in the overview under the menu item „Storage -> Overview -> Virtual Disks“.

iDRAC 9 Virtuelle Festplatten Übersicht



How do I mount an ISO image?

To do this, select the option „Connect Virtual Media“ in the KVM window. Another window appears in which you can directly select local drives or stream ISO images (CD/DVDs) to the server. If you have chosen one of the options and have selected a device/ISO, click on the corresponding "Map Device" button and finally on "Close". The local drive/ISO should now appear in the operating system/boot menu.

Image mount


If you restart the server now, you can boot from the image just as you could from any other drive. To do so, please press F11 to go to a boot menu when you see the message to press F11. An even easier way to boot from the image is to select the entry "Virtual CD/DVD/ISO" in the menu "Next Boot" of the KVM window.

How do I mount operating system images from the Hetzner Mirror or Storage Box?

To help our clients install Windows or VMware ESXi, we provide a number of images of those operating systems.

You can find the images we offer on two of our mirrors:

  • http://download.hetzner.de/ You can access this from anywhere, and it requires a username and password to login. You can find these details at the end of your server activation email, the email in which we at Hetzner Online sent you the login details for the server itself.
  • http://mirror.hetzner.de/ You can only access this from the Hetzner network, and it does not require a password.

The following examples use the internal mirror, though there is also a link to the external mirror below. You can use this link to the external mirror to check the exact file names of the operating system images.

Windows

The Windows images we have can be found under http://download.hetzner.de/bootimages/windows/.

These Windows images are straight from Microsoft and don't include any changes from us. They do not come with a license, and can thus be used to install a clean Windows on the server, which can then be activated with your own license key.

Mounting a Windows ISO File via the iDRAC


  • The Image File with Path name can be copied directly from our mirror.
    • Example: //mirror.hetzner.de/windows/SW_DVD9_Win_Svr_STD_Core_and_DataCtr_Core_2016_64Bit_English_-2_MLF_X21-22843.ISO
  • The User Name and Password fields can be left blank as they are not needed.
  • The iDRAC should now display the value „Connected“ under „Connection Status ...“
  • Now you can set the next boot drive in the KVM window to "virtual CD/DVD/ISO". Alternatively, you can also select the corresponding entry via the boot menu (F11) on the BIOS POST screen.

VMware ESXi

The VMware images we have can be found under http://download.hetzner.de/bootimages/vmware/

The VMware images can be mounted in the same way as the Windows images (as shown above).

  • The Share Name needs to be "vmware" instead of “windows”.
    • Example: //mirror.hetzner.de/vmware/VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.5.0-4564106.x86_64.iso


Using the Storage Box

Our Storage Box products are reachable via SAMBA/CIFs (if switched on), meaning it can be used to host an image which can then be mounted via the iDRAC.

Mounting a ISO File via the iDRAC using the Storage Box


  • <username> is the username of your Storage Box.
  • <file_name> is the file name of the ISO file.
    • If you have placed the ISO file in a sub-folder then please specify that before the file name. For example: <username>.your-storagebox.de/backup/installimages/<file_name>
  • The password is the one you have set for the Storage Box.

OS Deployment via the LCC (Lifecycle Controller)

Your DELL Server has an "OS Deployment" function that is integrated into your server's lifecycle controller. This function provides the necessary drivers for the operating system and accompanies you by graphical wizards in creating a RAID array, if there is no RAID existing on your server.

Please note that DELL only supports certified operating systems via this function. These may vary from model to model. For an overview of the operating systems for your rented product, please visit the corresponding DELL website.

R640 (DX152/DX292):

If you would like to use the "OS Deployment" functionality, you must first choose an image of your choice from our mirror or your Storage Box. As soon as you have chosen the image you need to restart your server and boot it into the LCC by pressing "F10" in the BIOS POST. The following example shows how to use the OS Deployment feature with Windows Server 2016.

O/S Deploy Step 1


  • When the server is booted up into the LCC, click on "OS Deployment" in the selection on the left side, then on "Deploy OS"
O/S Deploy Path


  • If you have not yet configured a RAID, you can now configure it by using this wizard. If a RAID already exists on your server, please select "Go Directly to OS Deployment".
O/S Deploy Step 2


  • In the next step, select whether you want to install the operating system in BIOS or UEFI boot mode. Then select the operating system to be installed from the drop-down menu.
  • If you choose the UEFI mode, you can also select whether you want to use „Secure Boot“ or not.
  • Now click on "Next" and the server will collect the drivers required for installation.
O/S Deploy Step 3


  • In the third step, select "Manual Install" and click on "Next". Afterwards the DELL server will validate the operating system image.
O/S Deploy Step 4


  • In the fourth step, simply click on "Next", because the image was previously integrated via the iDRAC.
O/S Deploy Step 5


  • In the fifth and last step you will see an overview with the selected settings. Click "Finish" if the settings are correct. Afterwards the server will reboot and is going to start the Windows setup.
O/S Drivers


  • If drivers are missing after the operating system installation, you have a virtual drive where drivers are available for the operating system. This drive is automatically named "OEMDRV" by the server.


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