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How to reset the password on a DELL RAC (Remote Access Card) on Linux

Balázs Nagy

2009-05-05

Change the RAC card password by doing the following:
(note, that the default user=root password=calvin)

root# racadm -r 10.1.1.1 -u root -p calvin getconfig -g cfgUserAdmin -i1# cfgUserAdminIndex=1cfgUserAdminUserName=rootcfgUserAdminPrivilege=0cfgUserAdminAlertFilterRacEventMask=0x300000cfgUserAdminAlertFilterSysEventMask=0x77777cfgUserAdminPageNumericEnable=0cfgUserAdminPageNumericNumber=cfgUserAdminPageNumericMessage=SEcfgUserAdminPageNumericHangupDelay=0x0cfgUserAdminPageAlphaEnable=0cfgUserAdminPageAlphaNumber=cfgUserAdminPageAlphaProtocol=8N1cfgUserAdminPageAlphaBaudRate=0x4b0cfgUserAdminPageAlphaCustomMsg=cfgUserAdminPageAlphaModemConnectTimeout=0x3ccfgUserAdminPageAlphaPagerId=cfgUserAdminPageAlphaPassword=cfgUserAdminEmailEnable=0cfgUserAdminEmailAddress=cfgUserAdminEmailCustomMsg=cfgUserAdminPageModemInitString=AT+GCI=B5cfgUserAdminPageModemPort=0x1cfgUserAdminType=0x3root# racadm -r 10.1.1.1 -u root -p calvin config-g cfgUserAdmin -o cfgUserAdminPassword -i 1 newpassword

Then you can run:

racadm -r 10.1.1.1 -u root -p newpassword getsysinfo

References:

  • http://lists.us.dell.com/pipermail/linux-poweredge/2004-October/022206.html
  • http://www1.us.dell.com/content/topics/global.aspx/power/en/ps2q03_wang?c=us&l=en&s=corp
  • http://ftp1.us.dell.com/dmi/racread_fr_bm.txt

The docs above (if there is anyone from dell reading this)
should be changed, just search for “cfgUserAdminPassword” in
the documents and you will see that the sample commands shown
in the documents do not explain that you should use the
full command lines I have shown above.

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