iDRAC6, Shared IP and How it Works

I'm more familiar with the older DRAC cards that were not integrated and had a dedicated NIC; we have a few servers in with iDRAC6 Express and therefore no dedicated NIC.

Wondering how this shared NIC works; I see I need to install software on the OS and then to team the virtual interfaces.

I'm curious how this works when say there is a BSOD or other failure that doesn't allow normal remote access; if the iDRAC6 Express is dependent on the OS, how would this work?
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THis is straight from Dell support site.  They explain it here:

The Integrated Dell™ Remote Access Controller6 (iDRAC6) is a systems management hardware and software solution that provides remote management capabilities, crashed system recovery, and power control functions for Dell PowerEdge™ systems.

The iDRAC6 uses an integrated System-on-Chip microprocessor for the remote monitor/control system. The iDRAC6 co-exists on the system board with the managed PowerEdge server. The server operating system is concerned with executing applications; the iDRAC6 is concerned with monitoring and managing the server's environment and state outside of the operating system.

You can configure the iDRAC6 to send you an e-mail or Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) trap alert for warnings or errors. To help you diagnose the probable cause of a system crash, iDRAC6 can log event data and capture an image of the screen when it detects that the system has crashed.

The iDRAC6 network interface is enabled with a static IP address of by default. It must be configured before the iDRAC6 is accessible. After the iDRAC6 is configured on the network, it can be accessed at its assigned IP address with the iDRAC6 Web interface, Telnet, or Secure Shell (SSH), and supported network management protocols, such as Intelligent Platform Management Interface (IPMI).

TercestisiAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the reply.

I understand all that, and have no use for the SNMP features as we already use NAGIOS to monitor all network hardware and servers via SNMP.

I was more curious about the functionality of remotely accessing the server when the OS is unable to provide those services (KVM/IP-like); is this do-able with Express or Enterprise-only?
The IDrac Express does not have IP KVM, you can access it via your browser and check the hardware log, look at system state and power on/off/reboot the server from it.
The IDrac ENTERPRISE has all the bells and whistles and has its own NIC port just like the Drac 4 & 5's did.

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The express does not have the console tab

TercestisiAuthor Commented:
Appreciate it; I'll look into purchasing the iDRAC6 Enterprise separately for these servers.
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