Getting iDRAC6 working outside of IE with Java 8

This is a brief post describing how to get iDRAC6’s Virtual Console on 11th Generation Dell servers working with Java 8. This is a dead simple process but may not be apparent to someone unfamiliar with Java.

First thing you’ll need to do is configure the IP address of the iDRAC6. Hit Ctrl + E while booting in the BIOS at the appropriate time.

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After the iDRAC is configured for network access, log on to the web interface with the IP you configured. You’ll then need to set the virtual console plug-in type to Java from Native, the latter which uses ActiveX. This is done under Console/Media > Configuration.

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Then you’ll need to configure Java by going to Start >> Control Panel >> Programs >> Java. From the Java Control Panel go to the Security tab and then add the iDRAC’s IP to the Exception Site List.

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Add the iDRAC’s IP with https.

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Now back in the web interface you can Launch  the console.

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Once pressed, a .jnlp file will prompt to download. Depending on the browser the file itself will download differently. Chrome seems to append parameters to the file extension which makes the next steps required each time. I use Firefox and only need to do the following of setting the default file association once. You’ll need to associate the .jnlp file with the Java Web Start application, which is located at C:\Program Files\Java\jre1.8.0_25\bin\javaws.exe.

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After you set the association you be prompted with two security warnings and after about 20 seconds the virtual console will start.

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The iDRAC virtual console works out of the box for Ubuntu and FreeBSD with IcedTea and Firefox installed. With OSX, simply open the .jnlp file with the Java Web Start.app application at /System/Library/CoreServices/.

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