How to setup DELL DRAC card for ssh

This setup shows using DHCP for the DRAC ip address, but it can be hard set as well.

    * 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
          o Set the LAN User password to the current console password.
          o Write down the DRAC MAC address.

          o Save and Exit

Enter the MAC address in dhcp on your dhcp server dhcpd.conf in the appropriate section.
Restart DHCPNow we should be able to ssh to the console.

 ssh vt-11-c -l root

 root@vt-11-c's password:
 Warning: No xauth data; using fake authentication data for X11 forwarding.

 Dell Remote Access Controller 5 (DRAC 5)
 Firmware Version 1.20 (Build 07.03.02)


To get to the console type:

 connect com2

This message flashes…

 Connected to com2. To end type: '^'

Then you should have the console login.

 Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS release 4 (Nahant Update 5)
 Kernel 2.6.9-55.ELsmp on an x86_64

 vt-11 login:

To escape type ‘CTRL’ + ”


To change root password on a DRAC from ssh shell

 $ racadm config -g cfgUserAdmin -o cfgUserAdminPassword -i 2 NewPasswordHere

Now to do power tasks on the dell type smclp.

 $ smclp
 DRAC5 SM-CLP System Management Shell, version 1.0
 Copyright (c) 2004-2007 Dell, Inc.
 All Rights Reserved

cd system1





    CreationClassName       = CIM_ComputerSystem
    Name                    = 7B0CZC1
    NameFormat              = other
    Dedicated               = 0
    ResetCapability         = 4
    EnabledState            = 2
    RequestedState          = 12
    EnabledDefault          = 2
    HealthState             = 5
    OperationalStatus       = 2
    Description             = PowerEdge 2970


    * To reboot the system type "reset"
    * To power off "stop"
    * To power on "start"

MWC 2009: Android Forgets To Join The Party

Mobile World Congress 2009 was thought to be the real coming out party for Google’s Android mobile platform. So far, it’s a bust.

Nokia’s new phones don’t run Android. HTC also failed to announce any new Android gear. Instead, it focused on announcing two new Windows Mobile 6.5 phones.

Samsung said that it will announce a Samsung phone sometime “this year.” It didn’t announce anything at this show.

LG already has picked a a smartphone platform for its future, and it isn’t Android.

Huawei said it will launch two or three Android phones later this year, but didn’t say when those launches would be, nor did it share any specifics about the handsets themselves.

There are still several large press conferences to go today, but given some of the embargoed news I’ve received, I am not aware of any Android phones being announced.

Um. What gives? Many manufacturers have committed to the Android platform. Where are the handsets? Mobile World Congress is one of the biggest mobile events of the year. Android’s failure to show up makes me very nervous about the platform’s future.

Android, where are you?

MWC 2009: Android, Windows in Smartphone Showdown

An army of Androids will march on Barcelona next week, and Microsoft hopes to stop them. This year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC 2009) trade show, the biggest mobile-phone show of the year, promises to be a mobile OS battle royale, with a glut of Google phones aiming for total world domination.
Like the rest of tech, the global mobile phone market is suffering the effects of the global financial crisis. Research firm Strategy Analytics said the global market will shrink 9 percent in 2009. Competing research firm ABI estimates the drop as more like 2.5 percent. But that still means mobile firms will sell more than 1 billion phones next year, far more units than the PC industry will sell.
Smart phones are a very bright spot in the market. ABI said that the 171 million global smart phones shipped in 2008 will increase to 203 million in 2009. So as the mobile-phone companies descend on the Fira de Barcelona to flog their wares, there’s understandable excitement about everyone trying to grab a bigger piece of the growing smart phone pie.
The biggest story of MWC will undoubtably be a flood of phones running Google’s Android OS. General Mobile and Huawei have already said they’re bringing Android phones to the table, and we’re pretty sure we’ll hear something about Android at the Samsung, LG and HTC press conferences. All three companies have vowed to bring more Android products to market in 2009.
Attempting to blunt the Android onslaught, Microsoft will have a press conference at 9 AM ET on Feb. 16, where the company is expected to announce Windows Mobile 6.5. We don’t know much about Windows Mobile 6.5 so far, other than that it apparently has a new, much more finger-friendly home screen layout for touch-screen devices. If this announcement takes Microsoft’s traditional road, it will be months before any Windows Mobile 6.5 phones hit the market. But their press conference is a chance to steal some mind-share back from Google, Apple and RIM, all of whom have been gaining ground recently at Microsoft’s expense.
MWC will serve as the coming-out party for some new mobile manufacturers. Garmin and Asus have allied to create Garmin-Asus, and we’ll see if their new nuvifone GPS phone can actually get us to our hotel from the airport. Meanwhile, Acer has swallowed the former E-Ten and will transmute it into a new, Acer-branded smart phone line. We’re sure to find other new brands popping up around the Fira de Barcelona, too, though most of them are unlikely to ever see U.S. shelves.
Other major players will try to get a word in amongst all the madness. Palm isn’t holding a press conference, but we expect they’ll announce a GSM/UMTS version of their Pre smart phone and a European carrier to go with it. And Nokia, the world’s number-one mobile phone company, is keeping their announcements close to their chest. Their latest flagship product, the N97, got a very lukewarm reception recently, so they’ll have to do something to recapture mobile mind share.
Sick of mobile phones? We’ve got word that a few netbooks will appear for the first time at MWC, too. Mobile-phone component makers like Freescale, Marvell, ARM and Qualcomm are trying to loosen Intel’s hold over the hottest segment of the notebook world, promising that their chips can provide just as much computing power with less power consumption.
There are a few big names missing from the show. Apple, of course, never attends any event that anyone else might be headlining. RIM, makers of the BlackBerry, are doing just fine, but aren’t anticipated to announce anything new. Motorola is also laying low, as they seem to be perpetually retrenching.

Flash, Video Conferencing Coming to the iPhone?

During an interview with Bloomberg, Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen revealed that his company is indeed working on Flash for the iPhone. In development since June of last year, Narayen had some answers for a Flash-hungry public. “It’s a hard technical challenge, and that’s part of the reason Apple and Adobe are collaborating,” said Narayen. “The ball is in our court. The onus is on us to deliver.”

Back in June of 2007, Apple’s iPhone hit the market like a proverbial bull in a china shop. After millions sold, the iPhone 3G improved on nearly everything the original had to offer when it was released in 2008, including the ever-so-popular App Store. Despite the success, there was always something (several things) missing. Cut and paste for text was near the top, but full-fledged Adobe Flash support tops the charts for “most desired iPhone upgrade”. Well, Flash may finally come to the iPhone.

Last year, Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs called on Adobe to bring Flash to the iPhone. However, he wanted a third version of the software. The original Flash player found on nearly every desktop and laptop on the planet was too demanding for the iPhone’s underclocked ARM CPU. While Flash Lite is a smaller, more nimble cousin of the original, Jobs called it incapable of delivering what he wanted for his smartphone.

As of 3:20pm EST, Adobe stock was two cents off its opening price of USD $19.41, but had rebound from the days low of $18.96.

In other iPhone news, a recently discovered patent reveals that video conferencing may be coming soon as well. However, the feature would likely be part of the next iPhone iteration and not available on current hardware. “The device supports a variety of applications,” said InformationWeek’s Alexander Wolfe, “such as one or more of the following: a telephone application, a video conferencing application, an e-mail application, an instant messaging application, a blogging application, a photo management application, a digital camera application, a digital video camera application, a Web browsing application, a digital music player application, and/or a digital video player application.”

All in all, the device sounds like an iPhone. However, the addition of video conferencing and digital video capturing would definitely be a step up for the Cupertino smartphone. That combined with Flash, and Apple would have yet another hot phone on its hands.

2009 may be the year of the Blu-ray.


According to HomeMedia, Blu-ray media sales will overtake digital distribution in 2009. The high definition media is expected to see a 150 percent increase in sales over 2008, from $1.1 billion to $2.9 billion.

Despite the recent success found in digital distribution, packaged media is still the powerhouse force, with DVD leading the way followed by its younger but bigger brother Blu-ray. So what is holding digital distribution back? Bandwidth. “The bandwidth required to stream any type of HD video is way beyond what most households have,” says In-Stat analyst Michael Paxton. “The convenience factor is still not there for streaming media, unless you are watching on a laptop and it is the only option you have. The packaged media business model is one that the consumer is very comfortable with.”

While Blu-ray is expected to see a sharp increase in sales, is it really as strong as some believe? For now, Blu-ray is number two because the U.S. lacks the proper broadband infrastructure to support a massive surge in streaming HD content. If America had the bandwidth capabilities of say, South Korea, streaming HD would be a reality for many. Also, with the economy in its current state, many pressed for cash may not be drawn to Blu-ray.

That said, Blu-ray is dropping in price. The average price for movies on the HD medium dropped 14 percent in Q4 of 2008. However, that drop still leaves the average BD movie price at a very high $28.93, more than thirteen dollars over the price of a DVD, which comes in at $15.74. But, like any media, prices will continue to drop. So what’s a movie buff to do? Compromise! While films like Iron Man and The Dark Knight are certainly worth the Blu-ray premium, leave the comedies and “chick flicks” on DVD. Are Superbad and Sex in the City going to be that much better in 1080p? Didn’t think so.

For those who live and die by streaming HD content – don’t fret. Netflix is still going strong on streaming content. Also, the same analysts who see Blu-ray coming in second in 2009 also see digital distribution representing 15 percent of the market by 2013.

Windows Vista SP2 RC

Microsoft has released RC Escrow build of Windows Vista and Server 2008 SP2. A few selected testers have been e-mailed by Microsoft about this latest build.

The build number is 6002.16659.090114-1728 and is very close to RTM version.

The build can be downloaded via Windows Update using a small registry script or as a standalone installer or slipstreamed ISO.

The ISO version is available in 5 languages: English, Spanish, German, French, Japanese.

The build doesn’t support upgrade from previous SP2 build, so you’ll need to uninstall any previous build of SP2 before installing this RC build.

RC build can be uninstalled from “Control Panel -> Programs and Features -> View Installed Updates

Firefox Mobile is coming

Firefox Mobile has been in alpha release since October 2008, but according to the developer’s wiki update, a milestone release for Windows Mobile could be coming the first week of February. The browser, codenamed “Fennec” is a slimmed down version of Mozilla’s Firefox desktop browser.


Currently, users of Windows Mobile devices seeking a non-beta browser are limited to Internet Explorer Mobile, Opera Mini and Mobile for their mobile browsing needs.  A part of the iPhone’s success was the integrated Mobile Safari browser and its ability to render webpages as how they would appear on a desktop computer, which competitors such as Microsoft and RIM were sorely lacking in their offerings.  As Mozilla readies its launch of Fennec for a wider audience, it may also indicate the start of a mobile browser war.

Mozilla is choosing the HTC Touch Pro as its device of choice for this next milestone release.  The Touch Pro sports a 480×640 touch display with a full QWERTY keyboard.  Expectations are that performance will be much improved over the initial Alpha release on the Nokia N810.  According to Mozilla’s own Acid 3 test, as reported by The Unwired, the preview release of Fennec achieved a 88/100 score running in Windows Mobile, which is impressive to say the least.  As a comparison, the iPhone’s Mobile Safari browser achieved 74/100 on Apple’s 2.2 firmware. 

It will be interesting to see how the latest release stacks up against the current browsers and even that of the untested Palm Pre browser.  Given Firefox’s large developer’s community and its market share climbing above 20 percent in 2008, Mozilla seems to have a worthy contender.  Mozilla certainly plans on leveraging its success on the desktop with the release of Fennec.

Based on the same gecko engine as the open sourced Mozilla Firefox desktop brower, Fennec promises to be as simple, compatible, secure, fully integrated and retain developer support.  However, Mozilla does not have plans to port the browser over to the iPhone OS or Google’s Android platform at the moment.  It is important to note that this milestone release may not be a public release and could be seeded to developers only.  We will update you as more information becomes available.

Google mail is offline?

It’s about time. Google has officially rolled out Gmail Offline, allowing users to read and compose mail even while they’re not connected to the internet.

As detailed in the announcement via the official Gmail blog, once you switch on Gmail Offline (as usual it’s in the labs tab under settings) Gmail uses Google Gears to download a local cache of your mail. When you’re connected to the web, Gmail works the same way it always has by making chit-chat with the Gmail servers. If you drop your connection, Gmail will switch to offline mode and use the information stored in the cache to allow you to keep doing all things Gmail. As soon as your signal comes back, all messaged saved to your outbox will be sent and you’ll be back in business with the Gmail servers.
This is something I’ve been waiting a long time. Working remotely is no picnic and those trans-Atlantic flights are a great time to answer emails and sort my inbox into something that resembles organized chaos.

Offline is being switched on for English UK and English U.S. users. If you don’t see it in Labs straight away, hold your horses and just chill for a bit — you should see it over the next days.

The new OLPC



Well, our interest was certainly piqued by that OLPC XO-2 mockup and now the Guardian is saying that the hardware development will take place open source. This is certainly fitting with the company’s idealistic ethos, and it’ll be interesting to see what other companies bring to the table as the reportedly $75 dual-screen device gets closer to real reality. “The XO-1 was really designed as if we were Apple,” Nicholas Negroponte says in the interview. “The XO-2 will be designed as if we were Google – we’ll want people to copy it. We’ll make the constituent parts available. We’ll try and get it out there using the exact opposite approach that we did with the XO-1.” He let a few details slip too, saying that it will be dual touchscreen, with one of the displays featuring a touch-sensitive, force-feedback, haptic keyboard. When asked how he feels about the possibility that other companies might profit from all this hard work developing the laptop of tomorrow? “I wouldn’t complain.” Class act, that one. Bravo.