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I recently purchased a used poweredge 1850 server and it came with a DRAC card. After wiping the HDD and installing ubuntu server 12.04.3 LTS amd64 on it, I am now trying to gain access to the DRAC which I believe is version 4. I have properly configured the DRAC to use it's own IP on my LAN and when I point my browser to the IP address, I am greeted with the DRAC login page (it has the dell logo and everything). However, after trying the credentials of root/calvin, I was denied access. So I think that the previous owners had set their own password. After doing some reading, it appears that I can reset the credentials to the default using

racadm config -g cfgUserAdmin -o cfgUserAdminPassword -i 1 newpassword

but upon entering the command, I get this error:

bash: /usr/sbin/racadm: No such file or directory

This holds true even if I run

sudo su

prior to running the racadm command.

If, however, I run

sudo racadm config -g cfgUserAdmin -o cfgUserAdminPassword -i 1 newpassword

there are no errors. Yet, when I try to log into the DRAC via the web interface using the credentials of root/newpassword I am still not granted access.

I installed the dell utilities via the guide at I first tried to install the 64 bit version that is on the dell repositories, but after that was unsuccessful, I just followed the guide verbatim. No errors were produced in either case. I even followed the information at the bottom of the guide by executing

sudo pppd /dev/ttyS1 1382400 crtscts noipdefault noauth lock persist connect 'chat -v "" CLIENT CLIENTSERVER "\\c"'

but obviously, replacing the /dev/ttyS1 with the correct information for my system.

ls -l /usr/sbin/ | grep racadm


-rwxr-xr-x 1 root    root        87930 Sep 16 04:03 racadm

I have tried these credentials after each attempt of changing the password:





All have been unsuccessful. What is the next course of action that I should take?

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As a workaround, racadm is available on the "Dell Systems Build and Update Utility" bootable CD. For my PE 2950, I used version "6.5.0,173_A01" (filename "cdu_1.6_core_173_A01.iso") from

To make sure you get the right download for your system, start at (where XX... is your Dell "service tag"), then search under "Systems Management".

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Reboot the server, and pressing CTRL-E during bootup (at the console), takes you to a BIOS version of the racadm admin. There you are able to set a username/password.

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