By Kareem Fazal and Shruthi Bollamma of the Dell iDRAC team

 

The new 12th generation Dell PowerEdge servers offer digital licensing through the onboard iDRAC7 with Lifecycle Controller 2. This helps to reduce the costs associated with the four major stages of server lifecycle management – Deploy, Update, Monitor, and Maintain.

The license offerings are:

  • Basic Management with IPMI (available for 200-500 series servers)
  • iDRAC7 Express (available by default on all 600 and later series servers)
  • iDRAC7 Express for Blades (all functionality are same as Express; additionally there is Virtual Console and Virtual Media support)
  • iDRAC7 Enterprise Each of the above offerings has a set of features that are enabled using a license file. After the Point of Sale, you have various upgrade options based on the server line.

Each of the above offerings has a set of features that are enabled using a license file. After the Point of Sale, you have various upgrade options based on the server line. You can first evaluate the features using the 30-day trial license and then purchase upgrade licenses from Dell to enable these features. Once purchased, you can acquire the license using the License Self-service Portal.

After you receive the license file, use the iDRAC7 Web interface or RACADM to import the license file to the server. The features that are specific to the imported license file are enabled and you can start using them.