How to mount boot media remotely without hands.

Bill Herde
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I have an aging Dell R610 that is being pulled from production and would like to re-purpose it as a remote Windows server to do things like alert monitoring and use of a serial port for things that want a serial connection for configuration.  It is in TX, I am in CA.  The machine has iDrac Express, and I am unable to get the remote console to launch on Windows 10.  (probably wants to use an aging version of Java.) I do have an IP KVM plugged into it and can run the console that way.  What I don't have is a way to get boot media attached to reformat the machine.  Any ideas?
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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I do have an IP KVM plugged into it and can run the console that way.  What I don't have is a way to get boot media attached

Forgive me for the obvious.  Get a good person at the site to mount the media and then see if you can make progress with the console connection.
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Yes, that is the obvious, and probably can be done once I get a copy of the media to him.  I am just wondering if there is another way to get there without having to make a remote hands request and run it through the process.
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Mounting the media remotely requires some sort of assistance.  That is what we do here.
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On my newer Dell servers, I can open a remote console in iDRAC, and mount boot media from a network share.  Pretty nice.  I can't tell if this one will do the same because of the remote console issue.  Calling Dell for support is out of the question as support is expired.  This is not a critical thing, and certainly not a rush.  If other ideas come to light, of I figure something out I will post it.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)
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We have some boot flexibility with our newer Lenovo Servers,  But this does not apply to the older ones (now gone)
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You can control the console? So why not download the setup ISO and use that to start over? If you start setup, you can tell setup to nuke everything.
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McKnife.  I can control the console, but I can't tell it to boot a network iso image.  It is currently a ESXi host.
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So you only see eexi, not the first OS?
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Bios, boot,esxi.  I was mostly wondering if anyone knew of a way to use iDRAC to give it an alternate boot file on a network location.  Later versions work great, but I fear this one is too old. I have made the request for remote support from my datacenter provider and will ask them to load an iso onto a thumb drive for me.  Low priority, so probably will happen sometime tomorrow.
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Thanks for the update. I think that is a good idea.
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I am surprised by a rapid response for remote hands!  We are proceeding with a bootable thumb drive.  Thanks to participants.

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