Which Embedded Management License Do You Need?

Whether you are looking at Dell or HPE blade servers, one important consideration is the type of embedded management license you need.  Too often, I’ve heard of blade server users having to go back to a vendor to get a license upgrade because the current version doesn’t do what you need it to.  The charts below are designed to help you proactively determine what license is needed prior to making your purchase.  

To the best of my knowledge, neither Cisco nor Lenovo use embedded systems management licensing (per server) so only Dell and HPE are listed, however if I’m wrong, please let me know in the comments below.

Dell iDRAC License Options for Blade Servers

FeatureiDRAC8   Express for BladesiDRAC8 Enterprise
Local Configuration via BIOSXX
Data Center Managebility Interface (DCMI)  1.5XX
Embedded DiagnosticsXX
Local OS InstallXX
Local UpdatesXX
Driver PackXX
IPv6 SupportXX
Remote CLIXX
Serial RedirectionXX
Remote ConfigXX
Remote UpdateXX
USB Front Panel ConfigurationXX
iDRAC Service Module (iSM)XX
Scheduled Firmware UpdatesX
Automatic UpdatesX
Email AlertsXX
Comprehensive MonitoringXX
Performance MonitoringX
Part ReplacementXX
Tech Support ReportXX
Backup & Restore configurationsX
System WipeXX
Virtual Console (4 user)Single user6 users
Virtual Console ChatX
Virtual Flash PartitionsX
Virtual MediaXX
Virtual FoldersX
Access via VNC serverX
Remote File ShareX
Crash Screen CaptureXX
Crash Video PlaybackX
Boot Record/PlaybackX
Power ControlXX
Power MonitoringXX
Power CappingX
Enterprise Group Power ManagementX
Directory Services (AD, LDAP)X
PK AuthenticationXX
Two-Factor AuthenticationX

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HPE iLO License Options for Blade Servers 

FeatureiLO Standard for BladeSystemiLO Advanced for BladeSystemiLO Scale-Out
Embedded Health SystemXXX
Virtual Power ButtonsXXX
Web-Based GUIXXX
SSH Command Line InterfaceXXX
Virtual Serial PortXXX
Active Health SystemXXX
Embedded Remote SupportXXX
Agentless ManagementXXX
Integrated Remote Console (IRC/Virtual KVM-Supports text and graphics)XXPre-OS only
iLO Federation DiscoveryXXX
iLO Federation Discovery Group License ActivationXXX
Global Team Collaboration via Integrated Remote ConsoleX
Integrated Remote Console Record and PlaybackX
Virtual Media via Integrated Remote ConsoleXX
Scripted Virtual MediaX
Text-based Remote Console via SSH (Textcons)XX
Directory Service AuthenticationX
Kerberos AuthenticationX
Email-Based AlertingXX
Remote SyslogXX
Advanced Power Management (Power History Graphs, Dynamic Power Capping)XX
Virtual Serial Port Record and PlaybackXX
Discovery ServicesX
Smart Array Secure EncryptionXX
iLO Federation ManagementXX

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Kevin Houston - Founder, BladesMadeSimple.comKevin Houston is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of BladesMadeSimple.com.  He has over 20 years of experience in the x86 server marketplace.  Since 1997 Kevin has worked at several resellers in the Atlanta area, and has a vast array of competitive x86 server knowledge and certifications as well as an in-depth understanding of VMware and Citrix virtualization.  Kevin has worked at Dell as a Server Sales Engineer covering the Global Enterprise market since August 2011.


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