How to install an OS through IPMI (iDrac)

Below article example is based off of Dell’s iDrac 8 GUI. This is a straightforward step-by-step guide on how to install an os through IPMI virtual console found on most servers including Dell, HP, SuperMicro, etc.

Before you start the process of OS installation using IPMI, make sure you fulfill the following requirements:

  • System has to be set to OnBoard(VGA) video output
  • Network connection with either Dedicated IPMI port or Eth0(w/Shared IPMI port)

Here are the steps you need to take to utilize IPMI remote connection for OS installation:

Step 1 – Login to the target system by using IPMI web GUI (Java is required).

  • Login – your username
  • Password – your password

Step 3 – Click on “Launch” link found next to the virtual console preview image.

Step 4 – A small remote window will be opened.

Step 5 – In the remote window, click “Connet Virtual Media” and click “image file” under Map CD/DVD section.

Step 6 – Select the operating system ISO file from your local drive. Click “map device” once done.

Step 9 – Reboot the system. Press <F11> when the BIOS bootup option display

Step 10 – Select the boot device to “Virtual CD ROM”

Step 11 – System will boot up from the virtual CD-ROM and now you can start the OS installation


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