Subject: Re: WOL on a Dell PowerEdge 2650
To: Peter Eisch <>
From: Chris Ross <>
List: current-users
Date: 06/15/2007 09:44:02
On Jun 15, 2007, at 1:23 AM, Peter Eisch wrote:
> On 6/14/07 11:36 PM, "Daniel Carosone" <> wrote:
>> You want to talk to the bmc via ipmi from an external host, either
>> over ethernet or serial.  The dell boxes usually have a grey  
>> "spanner"
>> port ethernet nic which does ipmi on ethernet, or can use a serial
>> port for this purpose (often both).
> I have DRAC on all the 2650's I have and it's integrated -- not a  
> PCI card
> like the earlier models.  The DRAC/web interface works for power  
> transitions
> and remote BIOS changes but due to event/keyboard issues it isn't  
> usable
> (with 3.1) for install or other maintenance.  I use the serial  
> console for
> those functions.
> I wonder if WOL events to the DRAC port will do what's desired...?

   I hooked the "spanner" port into my management network, and I see  
DHCP DISCOVERS that look like:

09:15:47.790525 IP (tos 0x0, ttl  64, id 37129, offset 0, flags  
[none], length: 576) > [no  
cksum] BOOTP/DHCP, Request from 00:0d:56:70:c1:78, length: 548, xid: 
0xfc965a01, secs:1394, flags: [Broadcast] (0x8000)
           Client Ethernet Address: 00:0d:56:70:c1:78
             VC:"DELL RAC TYPE-A"

   I'm not sure which variant of the DRAC "DELL RAC TYPE-A" is, but  
it's something.  :-)

   I tried sending a WOL packet to it, and got no response.  I  
reconfigured a DHCP server to assign it an address, and WOL still has  
no effect.  Connection refused on port 80 and port 23, but I haven't  
started to research what's supposed to be available via this  
interface (while the system is powered off).

                                                 - Chris