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Can Dell DRAC ( remote access card ) be used on a regular Desktop PC ?

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1) Can we use this Dell remote access card for server management on a regular Dell desktop as well ?

2) Can we use this DRAC card in a non-dell desktop/server ?

3) Are there any other 3rd party reliable remote access cards for system management which are compatible with any Generic or branded    desktops & servers ?

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Hi their!
Yes, DRACs require a BMC, which is not usually installed on a desktop machine.

There are other ways of getting remote access. One piece of gear that  is the Lantronix SecureLinx Spider. I've never used one, so I can't personally vouch for them, but the concept makes sense and I have seen favorable reviews. Cost may be an issue. They seem to be in the $300 range.

The DRAC's specifically are usually motherboard integrated. So I would suggest not so much. If you have a card, I imagine it would work, but there must be a cheaper solution than using a DRAC card on a desktop!

 
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So, jarrod ... your answer should have been "no", not "yes" :)  The DRAC, because it is normally integrated and/or has a special slot with which it interfaces with the system, it would probably be impossible to even connect it to a system that doesn't support that model (for example, you can't connect a DRAC 4 to a 2950 or a DRAC 5 to a 2950 or an R710.  Even if you were able to connect it, as jarrod noted, it communicates directly with the systems BMC/ESM which desktops don't have.  I would also assume that this would not work in a non-Dell server that has a BMC because of the differing methods of implementing a BMC and its interface.
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Yea, sorry.. answer was supposed to be no.. I got confused with all the "yes" and "no"'s....
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I read about Lantronix Spider Duo.

Any other 3rd party remote cards which might do the same job ?

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