How to enable BMC Power Control for Dell hosts inside of VMM

The purpose of this guide is to show how you can control a hosts power state from within VMM.  This way a host can be shut down remotely or powered on remotely without leaving the VMM console.  This can be very useful for new deployments or for server hardware upgrades.  This guide assumes that you already have a VMM environment up and running and networking is in place for hosts and iDRAC connectivity.  This guide also assumes that you have added your host to VMM.

 

iDRAC Configuration

 

  1. Make sure iDRAC is enabled on the host. The host should have a static iDRAC IP address.
  2. Log into the iDRAC UI using the username “root”, and the password “calvin”.
  3. Navigate to the iDRAC Settings section, and then click on Network.
  4. Scroll down to the IPMI Settings section and then check the box next to Enable IPMI Over LAN.
  5. Make sure the Channel Privilege Level Limit is set to Administrator. Save the settings.

 

VMM Configuration

 

  1. In the Fabric section, locate the server that you want to enable this functionality on. Right click on it and select properties.
  2. Click on the Hardware tab.
  3. Under Advanced, click on BMC Settings.
  4. Check the box that says “This physical computer is configured for out of band (OOB) management.
  5. Set power management configuration provider to IPMI.
  6. For BMC address, put in the IP address of the iDRAC controller.
  7. Set the BMC port to 623.
  8. Click Browse next to Run As Account.
  9. If you don’t already have a Run As Account set up for BMC (you only do this if it’s your first time setting up BMC Access.), click Create Run As Account.
  10. Give the account a name and description like “BMC Access”.
  11. Set the user name to “root”.
  12. Set the password to “calvin”.
  13. Uncheck Validate domain credentials and click Finish.

BMC power controls should now work properly.  If you right click on a host, you should the ability to Shut Down, Restart, Power Off, Reset, etc.

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