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Monitor Dell Hardware Via iDRAC

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We are currently running PRTG Network Monitor 13.1.1.1182. This version includes a built in sensor for monitoring Dell PowerEdge Server Hardware running OpenManage on Windows, but we are looking for an all-in-one sensor that will talk directly to the iDRAC SNMP interface as it appears to provide most if not all of the same information (perhaps with a little less detail). We have converted the Dell PowerEdge R720 MIB file for iDRAC SMI v2 to an OIDLIB and confirmed with SNMPTester that we are getting data back from our iDRAC card with those OIDs.

For now, we are going to look into writing our own custom PowerShell script to query all relevant hardware information and return a good, warning, or error status depending on results, but we are probably not the only site that would find a packaged sensor helpful.

This question is related to the answer in this article which makes a note about monitoring via iDRAC: http://www.paessler.com/knowledgebase/en/topic/45333-what-do-i-need-to-monitor-dell-servers

dell feature-request idrac poweredge snmp

Created on Feb 22, 2013 8:02:07 PM by  Daryl (0) 1



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hello,

wich iDRAC version are you using in your R720?

Is it already the new iDRAC 7?

Created on Feb 24, 2013 9:31:52 AM by  Aurelio Lombardi [Paessler Support]



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It is the iDRAC7 Firmware 1.30.30 (Build 43), Hardware Version 0.01.

Created on Mar 4, 2013 6:01:37 PM by  Daryl (0) 1



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Hello,

yes, the new IDRAC 7 supports gathering data through SNMP now. We do have quite a lot Dell servers, but none with the new IDRAC.

We will try to get one as soon as possible to make the Dell hardware sensors available for the new generation of Dell servers as soon as possible.

Created on Mar 4, 2013 8:40:26 PM by  Aurelio Lombardi [Paessler Support]



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If you would like me to perform any testing against our current hardware, please let me know. I'm also curious if this will work with the slightly older iDRAC 6 hardware (we have a couple of servers with that version as well).

Our primary motivation is that we are running Hyper-V Server 2012 on these new systems as we migrate away from VMWare ESXi 5.1 and would like to not jump through the hoops it takes to get OpenManage installed and working under the PowerShell only user interface that comes with this new OS provided by Microsoft.

Created on Mar 5, 2013 3:08:39 PM by  Daryl (0) 1



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Hello,

THX for the offer, still we need at least one of the new IDRACs here in our test lab to start with.

the IDRAC 6 unfortunately does not Support SNMP as the new ones do.

Created on Mar 6, 2013 1:46:05 PM by  Aurelio Lombardi [Paessler Support]



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Do you have any update on sensors for the new iDRAC7?

We have a few servers which we'd like to manage using iDRAC7 SNMP also.

Thanks.

Created on Jun 19, 2013 6:09:41 AM by  clarity (0) 1



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no, sorry no update so far. We still have to buy one or two new dells wit the new iDRAC7.

Created on Jun 19, 2013 6:48:06 AM by  Aurelio Lombardi [Paessler Support]



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Is there an update on this? We may be purchasing new hardware soon and would like to know if monitoring the iDRAC directly is possible, and whether an Express or Enterprise is required.

Created on Jul 11, 2013 2:38:08 PM by  mbrennan (0) 2



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I'm afraid we do not have any new information other than that development is looking into this. At the moment, however, we cannot say when such a feature will be available. Depending on development / testing this might still take some time, sorry. Please bear with us.

Created on Jul 11, 2013 2:45:17 PM by  Patrick Hutter [Paessler Support] (7,164) 3 3



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We are highly interested in a sensor for iDRAC 7, too.

Created on Dec 5, 2013 3:57:04 PM by  Ivo Linder (0) 1



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I'm also interested in how to accomplish this. We'd really like to stop installing the dell software on servers just for this purpose and see benefit in being able to monitor the machines out-of-band for consistency across multiple OSs as we move more heavily towards ESX and other non-windows hypervisors, etc.

Some documentation on how to do this would be very much appreciated.

Created on Jan 7, 2014 7:43:40 PM by  Josiah Ritchie (110) 1 1



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At the moment this out-of the box sensor won't be available anytime soon but many statistics are readily available from the iDRAC using the Auto-Discovery on the iDRAC IP as well as with the MIB that you can use with PRTG. You can then create the Device Template for this and apply it to other servers with the iDRAC.

In terms of status on this project, right now we have 4 new Dell servers with the iDRAC cards running ESXi running in our production environment, it's more a matter of having the time and resources to build out this sensor. Again as Patrick said, we can't say when this sensor might be available but we understand that waiting is tough.

Created on Jan 8, 2014 4:18:54 PM by  Greg Campion [Paessler Support]



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