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DRACIII racadm on Debian Etch

Today I needed to login to the a DRACIII.  Unfortunately I forgot to what I set the password.  It wasn't anymore the factory default.

It is possible to reset the password from the running system (here Debian Etch) but it wasn't easy to figure out how.

The first problem here is that DRACIII was shipped with Dell Poweredge 2650 system making that the current tools (like OMSA 5.X) don't support them anymore.  I installed the latest OMSA Debian packages and it just said I needed to use racadm.

Running racadm remotely works, but you need to know the password to reset the password.  In my case I didn't have it anymore, so that didn't help.

What follows if how I reset the password trough racadm from the system that is running Debian Etch.

  1. Install the setserial and ppp packages
  2. Download om420_lnx_managed system_A00.tar.gz from http://ftp.dell.com/sysman/
  3. Unpack it and go into 'dell/omsw/rac3/linux'
  4. Use alien to convert  racadm-3.31-1.i386.rpm en racser-3.31-1.i386.rpm to a debian package
  5. Install the racadm package
  6. dpkg -x racser_3.31-2_i386.deb /tmp/r
    cp /tmp/r/etc/ppp/peers/racser /etc/ppp/peers
    vi /etc/ppp/peers/racser
    Replace "racser crtscts ..." by "ttyS2 crtscts..." (or an other ttySX)
  7. Download new init script from: http://lists.us.dell.com/pipermail/linux-poweredge/attachments/20030410/...
  8. Download /etc/init.d/functions from somewhere and put it in /lib/lsb/
  9. Edit the new init script so it uses the downloaded functions script in /lib/lsb, and put it in /etc/init.d/

After that you can issue /etc/init.d/racser start|stop .  If all goes well you will get a ppp interface.  Then you can reset the password with:

racadm -r 192.168.234.236 config -g cfgUserAdmin -o cfgUserAdminPassword -i 1 "password"

/var/log/message will show some extra info:

Nov 18 15:48:27 chimp pppd[4623]: Serial connection established.
Nov 18 15:48:27 chimp pppd[4623]: Using interface ppp0
Nov 18 15:48:27 chimp pppd[4623]: Connect: ppp0 <--> /dev/ttyS2
Nov 18 15:48:28 chimp pppd[4623]: local  IP address 192.168.234.235
Nov 18 15:48:28 chimp pppd[4623]: remote IP address 192.168.234.236
Nov 18 15:48:32 chimp pppd[4623]: Terminating on signal 15
Nov 18 15:48:32 chimp pppd[4623]: Connect time 0.1 minutes.
Nov 18 15:48:32 chimp pppd[4623]: Sent 0 bytes, received 0 bytes.
Nov 18 15:48:32 chimp pppd[4623]: Connection terminated.
Nov 18 15:48:33 chimp pppd[4623]: Exit.

Extra information:

http://lists.us.dell.com/pipermail/linux-poweredge/2003-July/008826.html
http://lists.us.dell.com/pipermail/linux-poweredge/2003-April/007223.html
http://lists.us.dell.com/pipermail/linux-poweredge/2004-October/016805.html

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