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Default IDRAC Password – Dell IDRAC Default Login Details

If you are running the iDRAC or Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller, you may need its default password to access the vital functions of the remote controller. Every system that is integrated with the remote controller should have a default username and password. But users like to modify these credentials with their individual safe passwords to increase security. In this post, we are going to talk about what the iDRAC is and how to find its default password. When you find the password, is it possible to change it? Let’s learn about it now.

Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller or iDRAC

Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller is there in every Dell EMC PowerEdge server. iDRAC works as a server management controller that secures local and remote servers of EMC. It helps the administrators with deploying, monitoring the Dell EMC PowerEdge servers from anywhere in the world (basically from a remote location). In iDRAC, you will find Telemetry Streaming, safe component verification, free embedded server management tools, and more. Now, if you want to know more about iDRAC, you should consider its benefits first.

Benefits of iDRAC

Here are the reasons why every Dell EMC PowerEdge server system uses the management controller:

Scalable Automation: iDRAC uses standards-based APIs including Redfish, Red Hat Ansible, and Racadm that boosts the productivity of the server management team by reducing the time it takes to manage one server. Since you can manage more servers with Redfish and Red Hat, you can make them secure in less time.

Telemetry Streaming: in Telemetry Streaming, an iDRAC9 Datacenter license is necessary, and with it, you can discover various trends, tweak operations, and generate different kinds of analytics to enhance the infrastructure. In iDRAC, you will be able to utilize tools including Splunk and ELK Stack that allow you to analyze the server telemetry system thoroughly. The analysis takes place in terms of storage, network, memory parametric data, etc., so that it can reduce the downtime of data processing. Telemetry Streaming is mostly used for the optimization of systems, system customization, risk management, estimated analysis, and more.

Secure Management: Your working infrastructure needs more security and to enhance the security, iDRAC provides HTTPS, TLS 1.2, LDAP, smart card authentication, etc. Several options like RSA SecurID 2-Factor Authentication, advanced password security, and Automatic Certificate Enrollment helps you boost the security of your data servers. There is another feature called System Lockdown Mode that would help you save your system from configuration errors.

Streamlined Support: In iDRAC, there are SupportAssist tools that let you view the health status of your system for up to 5,000+ system parameters. You won’t have to upload the health status report to the cloud to view the metrics.

Due to these many benefits, IT companies use the Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller for monitoring servers from anywhere. But while you are using the tool, you need to find out its default password first.

Default IDRAC Password – Dell IDRAC Default Login Details

In the default configuration of iDRAC, the login details are mentioned like this:

Username: root

Password: calvin

But it is possible and also important to change the password as soon as you get to know the default one. The unique and secured password and username for iDRAC9 are printed on the physical unit of the Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller. You will find the password at the back of the system information tag or service tag named “iDRAC Default Password”. But in case you have not chosen the ‘secure default access to iDRAC’ option, then the password field will be blank. If that is your case, then you can use the root/calvin as your username/password. But resetting the password is also easy.

How to Replace the Default Password of iDRAC?

To change the default password of iDRAC, follow the steps below:

Step 1- Log in to the DELL iDRAC website

Step 2- Then open the iDRAC Settings section on the left side

Step 3- Click on the Network/Security tab

Step 4- Click on the sub-tab Users

Step 5- Click on root user from the list

Step 6- Press Next

Step 7- Tick the checkbox that says “Change Password and apply new password”. Here you can change the password to improve security.

While you are changing the password, make sure the user is root, and the password is strong enough so that not everyone can easily guess it.

Password Warning in iDRAC

The default username and password of iDRAC are known by many people and almost everyone. That’s why anyone with user credentials can access the server and create changes. But iDRAC implements a Default Password Warning feature that sends you a warning message that lets you know if the default credentials are still being used. When a user logs in to iDRAC with the Configure User privileges and executes a command using the credentials, the system will show you a warning message. For every login session with the default credentials, the user will be shown a warning message. Likewise, the remote racadm users will get a warning message for every command they enter. And this time, when the warning message is shown, the user can change the password or disable the Default Password Warning Message if he does not change the password. But to enable the password warning message, you can go to iDRAC Overview, and open the iDRAC Settings, then click on User Authentication, click on the Local Users page. From there, you will be ready to facilitate the “Default Password Warning” again.

Conclusion

Just remember that the default credentials of iDRAC are more vulnerable when the system is accessed to the Internet. That’s why we also recommend the user to replace the default password of the iDRAC system with a strong one. Make sure to use an alphanumeric password that includes small and big letters, one symbol, and numbers in the password that would be hard to guess.

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Vijay Singh Khatri
Vijay Singh Khatri
Graduate in Computer Science, specialized in Digital Marketing. I am very fond of writing tech articles and creating my own blog to teach my audience.

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