How to configure iDRAC to use the HTML5 plug-in for virtual console

Your Dell server's out-of-band management (OOB) platform is called iDRAC. It is a piece of hardware that sits on the server motherboard and allows system administrators to update and manage their Dell systems, even when the server is turned off. Key features include server power management, remote console capabilities, and virtual media access.

iDRAC versions and virtual console plug-in types

iDRAC allows you to switch between Java, ActiveX and HTML5-based plugins for virtual console capabilities and virtual media access. The HTML5 plug-in is the default plug-in in iDRAC 9. IDRAC versions 7 and 8 initially had support for Java and ActiveX. HTML5 support was added in the firmware version

The majority of our DELL PowerEdge servers are of the 14th, 13th, and 12th generations, meaning iDRAC versions vary from iDRAC 9 to iDRAC 7.

Server Model Number Server Generation iDRAC Version HTML5 Plug-in Support Launching Virtual Console
Rx4x 14th iDRAC 9 Out of the box User Guide
Rx3x 13th iDRAC 8 Since FW User Guide
Rx2x 12th iDRAC 7 Since FW User Guide

Please refer to "How to identify the iDRAC version embedded in a Dell EMC PowerEdge server" for the article helping to identify the iDRAC version. Please refer to "How to update iDRAC" for the article helping to update iDRAC firmware.

Setting the HTML5 plug-in for virtual console

Please refer to "Configuring virtual console using web interface" for the article helping to configure virtual console on iDRAC 7 & 8. Select plug-in type to "HTML5" in the "Plug-in" field.


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