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:
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:
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.