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Adapted from RACADM Command Line Interface for DRAC (version from 15 Jul 2013) by Peter Tsai & Jim Slaughter


Drac is assessable via several interfaces Local, SSH/Telnet, and Remote RACADM

The Dell RACADM (Remote Access Controller Admin) utility is a command line tool that allows for remote or local management of Dell Servers via the iDRAC or DRAC. RACADM provides similar functionality to the iDRAC/DRAC Graphical User Interface (GUI) but via command line.  The Dell Chassis Management Controller (CMC) can also be managed remotely with RACADM.

Local RACADM supports executing RACADM commands from the managed system’s operating system. It is available on the Dell OpenManage Systems Management Tools and Documentation DVD or at

To download Local RACADM:

  1. Go to
  2. If prompted, select Start Here under Small Businesses or Enterprise IT.
  3. Enter the Service Tag of the managed system and Submit, or use one of the Choose options to locate your managed system model.
  4. Select Drivers and Downloads > select the Operating System of your Managed System > expand Systems Management. 
  5. Locate the OpenManage Server Administrator Managed Node application and click Download File.

RACADM commands can be run remotely from a management station and/or locally on the managed system.

RACADM commands allow you to view managed system information, perform power operations on the managed system, perform firmware updates, configure settings and more. Because RACADM is run from a command line interface (CLI), system administrators can create scripts that control and update Dell systems in a one-to-many fashion. See the links to the RACADM documentation at the end of this article for a complete listing of features for your product version.


Remote  vs local RACADM Utilities

There are two types of racadm installation:

RACADM interface is also available via ssh or telnet.


Remote RACADM Installation on Linux

Remote RACADM supports executing RACADM commands from a remote management station such as a laptop or desktop computer. It is available on the Dell OpenManage Systems Management Tools and Documentation DVD or at

To download Remote RACADM:

  1. Go to
  2. If prompted, select Start Here under Small Businesses or Enterprise IT.
  3. Enter the Service Tag of the managed system and Submit, or use one of the Choose options to locate your managed system model.
  4. Select Drivers and Downloads > select the Operating System of your Management Station from the drop-down menu. Note: The drop-down menu only contains supported server operating systems. If you are running a supported Windows management station OS (Windows 7 for example), choose a Windows Server version from the drop-down menu instead.
  5. Expand Systems Management
    1. For Windows Operating Systems, locate the DRAC Tools application.
    2. For Linux operating systems, locate the Linux Remote Access Utilities application.
  6. Select proper OS version and down load file, for example for RHEL 6 on October 2014 that would be  OM-MgmtStat-Dell-Web-LX-7.4.0-866_A00.tar.gz. Unpack into some directory (say, /tmp/Drac and issue the command
rpm -ivh *.rpm 

This will install everything which might not be what you want.

You can also install just racadm:

# rpm -iv srvadmin-racadm5-7.4.0-4.1.157.el6.x86_64.rpm srvadmin-hapi-7.4.0-4.28.2.el6.x86_64.rpm srvadmin-omilcore-7.4.0-4.100.1.el6.x86_64.rpm libsmbios-2.2.27-4.12.1.el6.x86_64.rpm smbios-utils-bin-2.2.27-4.12.1.el6.x86_64.rpm srvadmin-argtable2-7.4.0-4.2.1.el6.x86_64.rpm

Using racadm requires root privileges. To test run the command

/opt/dell/srvadmin/bin/racadm5 -r -u root -p xxxxxxx getsysinfo

NOTE: The racadm executable is located under /opt/dell/srvadmin/sbin. it is actually a wrapper over   /opt/dell/srvadmin/bin/racadm5 binary.  Here is the content of sbin directory:

drwxr-xr-x	2	root	root	4096	Oct	8	17:10	./
drwxr-xr-x	10	root	root	4096	Oct	8	17:10	../
-rwxr-xr-x	1	root	root	4769	Jan	30	2014	CheckSystemType*
-rwxr-xr-x	1	root	root	236138	Jan	24	2014	dchcfg*
lrwxrwxrwx	1	root	root	19	Oct	8	17:10	racadm	->	racadm-wrapper-rac5*
-rwxr-xr-x	1	root	root	2650	Jan	30	2014	racadm-wrapper-rac5*
-rwxr-xr-x	1	root	root	4204	Jan	30	2014*
-rwxr-xr-x	1	root	root	4422	Jan	30	2014*

Here is the content of bon directory:

-rwxr-xr-x  1 root root 1199871 Jan 30  2014 racadm5*
-rwxr-xr-x  1 root root  390688 Jan 30  2014 racsvm*
-rwxr-xr-x  1 root root  141549 Jan 30  2014 racvmcli5*
Man pages include

You may need to log out and log back in to reset the PATH environment variable to include this location.


Local RACADM installation

Local RACADM supports executing RACADM commands from the managed system’s operating system. It is available on the Dell OpenManage Systems Management Tools and Documentation DVD or at

To download Local RACADM:

  1. Go to
  2. If prompted, select Start Here under Small Businesses or Enterprise IT.
  3. Enter the Service Tag of the managed system and Submit, or use one of the Choose options to locate your managed system model.
  4. Select Drivers and Downloads > select the Operating System of your Managed System > expand Systems Management.
  5. Locate the OpenManage Server Administrator Managed Node application and click Download File.

    Note: Gzip archive for RHEL 6 you can also download from

After the file is downloaded,  create folder such as /tmp/Racadm and extract all files. Then run


If you use DVD, run:


Accept the license agreement and select option 5 - Remote Access Core Component from the menu.

Open a shell prompt with root privileges, type /opt/dell/srvadmin/sbin/racadm and press Enter. If you get the RACADM help instructions it is installed correctly.

NOTE: The racadm executable is located under /opt/dell/srvadmin/sbin. You may need to log out/log back in to reset the PATH environment variable so that included this location.

Simple test -- getsysinfo command

The following shows an example of a simple RACADM subcommand, getsysinfo, used with each RACADM utility.

Using racadm requires root privileges. To test run the command

/opt/dell/srvadmin/bin/racadm5 -r -u root -p xxxxxxx getsysinfo

SSH/Telnet/Serial access to Firmware RACADM interface

SSH/Telnet/Serial RACADM (Firmware RACADM) is built into the iDRAC, DRAC or CMC firmware and there is no separate download or installation required. See your user's guide for connecting via these methods.

Once connected via SSH, Telnet or Serial, type racadm help for the online help instructions.

NOTE: On some interfaces if you type racadm and press Enter, you will be taken to a racadm>> prompt. Commands can then be entered from this prompt without the "racadm" prefix. To exit the prompt, type quit or use Ctrl+C.

Like with local installation, you do not have to specify the ip address, username, or password in Firmware RACADM commands.

racadm <subcommand> 
racadm getsysinfo


racadm <Enter> - takes you to a racadm>> prompt 

Connecting via SSH to Drac to reboot your server

Connect to the Dell Remote Access Controller (Drac) IP address via SSH. Then execute:

racadm serveraction <action>

whereas you replace <action> with one of the following:

  • powerdown — Powers down the managed system.
  • powerup — Powers up the managed system.
  • powercycle — Issues a power-cycle operation on the managed system. This action is similar to pressing the power button on the system’s front panel to power down and then power up the system.
  • powerstatus — Displays the current power status of the server (“ON”, or “OFF”)
  • hardreset — Performs a reset (reboot) operation on the managed system.

So, to power off and back on your server, you just type racadm serveraction powercycle.

If your Drac crashes for any reason, you may want to reset it:

racadm racreset

If you want to have information about your current server, type:

racadm getsysinfo


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[Oct 08, 2014] RACADM Command Line Interface for DRAC - Systems Management - Wiki - Systems Management - Dell Community

cameron, 19 Feb 2014 2:22 PM

Please post a link to the latest RACADM Command Line Reference Guides for iDRAC7 and iDRAC6 versions.

Kermit_G Kermit_G, 25 Feb 2014 3:58 AM

Latest RACADM manual can be found on the Dell FTP site, its quite a slow download but if you wait long enough it will appear eventually!

RACADM Command Line Reference Guide for iDRAC7 1.40.40 and CMC 4.40 (June-2013 )

CMC is now 4.45 but there isn't a newer guide as of Feb 2014

nadogmoney, 16 Jul 2014 9:23 AM

"racadm set" should not force a reboot after a configuration (i.e. "racadm set -t XML -f BIOS.xml"). Making racadm reboot a server does not play nicely with reboot aware system automation. It only works well for ad-hoc configurations. A mass configuration tool should not just work well for ad-hoc execution.

From "racadm help set":

-b : Specifies the shutdown type for the host after the import operation completes. The parameters are "Graceful" and "Forced" for graceful and forced shutdown respectively. If this parameter is not specified, graceful shutdown is taken as the default.

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See the RACADM Command Line Reference Guide at the link below for detailed information on supported RACADM commands and features. This guide is available for iDRAC7, iDRAC6, and the CMC. For DRAC5, this information is combined with the DRAC5 User's Guide.

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