Thursday, March 15, 2012

How to update HOSTNAME on Dell IDRAC for PowerEdge M710HD server

Sometimes it is quite tough to find simple stuff on quite popular sites. May be I am stupid or may be its poor documentation. I was trying to update hostname as shown below because by default the hostname would be localhost. image

In order to update this , boot the Dell server and press Ctrl+ E when you get below boot menu

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This will bring iDRAC configuration utility . I was thinking this somewhere you can do from desktop. Yeah stupid of me. So choose "LAN Parameters" and then "Host Name String". It will popup box for hostname. Provide correct host name and exit with saving changes. image

15 comments:

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Anonymous said...

Any idea how to do this without rebooting the server?

Anonymous said...

Seems kind of nuts to have to reboot a server just to change it's DRAC hostname! Unfortunately, there's no way to do it from the web based interface. :( There is a racadm command for doing the same, but racadm is a PITA to install in Linux.

Martijn said...

Woot? I have to reboot my vSphere rig and all its virtual machines just to set the lcd display text? What's next, rebooting to set the iDraq password? Surely there must be a better way.

Not too happy with recent Dell units either. Had one break after 13 months. Dell quoted 900 EUR repair so bought a second hand for 400 instead and stripped it for the parts.

Anonymous said...

You can ssh into the iDRAC as well and use the following cli to change the HOSTNAME

#CHANGE TO CORRECT SERVER NAME
racadm config -g ifcRacManagedNodeOs -o ifcRacMnOsHostname newhostname

Brett said...

the "racadm config -g ifcRacManagedNodeOs -o ifcRacMnOsHostname newhostname" reports that the specified object is Read-only on at least DRAC 5 and later

Anonymous said...

linux user use freeipmi http://www.gnu.org/software/freeipmi/

list : bmc-info --driver-type=LAN_2_0 -h IP_ADDR -u USER -p PASSWORD
update: bmc-device --driver-type=LAN_2_0 -h IP_ADDR -u USER -p PASSWORD --set-system-name=NEWNAME

Anonymous said...

I konw this is an old post but the easiest way to change this is to login to the idrac by the IP and with the root password, under overview > IDRAC Settings

then change the user interface title bar info to the hostname

hit apply and job done!

John Bradshaw said...

.....I know this is an old post but the easiest way to change this is to login to the idrac by the IP and with the root password, under overview > IDRAC Settings

then change the user interface title bar info to the hostname.....


Unfortunately it doesn't seem to change the Hostname on my m620's with this method.

Andy Mason said...

"racadm config" is being deprecated, but you can SSH and use:

racadm set System.ServerOS.Hostname newname

Anonymous said...

racadm set System.ServerOS.Hostname newname

Good God - been looking almost around the world for this solution... how pathetic that Dell doesn't even give this answer but a blogger duz!
Thank you for this... SUCCESS.100%

Anonymous said...

racadm set System.ServerOS.Hostname newname is the cure for this...
Thanks for posting!

Anonymous said...

racadm set System.ServerOS.Hostname newname on iDrac 6 gives me an error -
"Invalid subcommand specified"

racadm config -g ifcRacManagedNodeOs -o ifcRacMnOsHostname newhostname gives me an error of "READ ONLY"

Shame on Dell for not being specific in specific ways to complete this taks without having to go to MARS first!

Scott Zickefoose said...

racadm config -g ifcRacManagedNodeOs -o ifcRacMnOsHostname gives "READ ONLY" error

racadm set System.ServerOS.Hostname gives "Invalid subcommand specified" error

iDrac 6 R310 server

Kevin Cotreau said...

I realize this is an old post, but many of us still have R710s with iDRAC6 cards, and still run into this issue. This works, at least, with the latest firmware that is currently available on an Enterprise controller, firmware "Dell iDRAC Monolithic Release 2.90. You can update this to this firmware without rebooting.

This might also help others: I needed to set the domain name because my internal anonymous mailer using IIS SMTP kept rejecting it with "501 5.1.7 invalid address" due to the sender being iDRAC@, but like all of you, I did not want to reboot the server to set it. I will also tell you how to set the hostname below.

You go into the iDRAC, and click on "iDRAC Settings">"Network/Security">"Common Settings". You can then check "Register DRAC on DNS", and enter the "DNS DRAC Name". You can also then enter in a domain name. Do not forget to hit "Apply" at the bottom right.