How to manage DRAC passwords with Secret Server using SSH

This KB article shows how to setup a Dell DRAC to use SSH and then be able to change the root password using SSH.
*Please be sure that the RACADM Command Line Interface installed on the DRAC device. For information on how to install the interface you please click here.


Step 1:  Turn on console access.

 * Enter setup F2
         1. Cursor down to Serial Communications.
         2. Set the other fields to the following.
                o Serial Communication : On with console Redirection via COM2
                o External Serial Connector : Remote Access Device
                o Failsafe Baud Rate : 57600
                o Remote Terminal Type : VT100/VT200
                o Redirection After Boot: Enabled 

         3. Save and exit. 

    * Enter the RAC configuration when prompted CTRL-E

          o Set the ip address to DHCP (or hard set if you prefer)
          o Set the LAN User password to the current console password.
          o Write down the DRAC MAC address.
          o Save and Exit 
You can now take the MAC address and enter that into your DHCP system to give the system an IP address.


Step 2:  Connect via SSH

ssh <machinename> -l root
To get to the console type:
connect com2
Step 3:  Change the root password
racadm config -g cfgUserAdmin -o cfgUserAdminPassword -i 2 <newpassword>

Once SSH is configured on the DRAC, Secret Server can now be configured to access the DRAC and manage the password.  You will need to create a new Password Changer with the specific SSH commands needed.  In Secret Server go to Administration | Remote Password Changing | Configure Password Changers.  Click "New", choose the SSH base changer, click "Save". 
Enter the following for the commands:
1:   $CURRENTPASSWORD
2:   connect com2
3:   racadm config -g cfgUserAdmin -o cfgUserAdminPassword -i 2 $NEWPASSWORD

Note that you may need to tweak these commands a little for your specific equipment and configuration but this is the basic method.




Thanks to http://www.redhawk.org for an insightful post on this topic ... this article was based on info from that post.

Article ID: 166, Created On: 6/24/2011, Modified: 1/23/2013

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