Get iDrac to work with Chrome and FireFox

I’ve been able to use Dell’s Remote Console, iDRAC 6, to work with Google Chrome without any issues. You can login to the web interface and navigate all of the menus without any re-configuration to the iDRAC settings. However to launch the Virtual Console and Virtual Media interface, you must make one adjustment. You must change the virtual console from Native to Java and specify the javaws.exe as the launcher for the JNLP file that will download.

1. Log into the web interface for iDRAC.
2. Select System from the right menu and then click Console/Media.
3. Select the Configuration screen menu
4. In the Virtual Console section, locate the Plug-in Type drop-down menu and select Java (Native is the default)

5. Click Apply at the bottom of the screen.
6. Select the Virtual Console and Virtual Media screen and then click Launch Virtual Console to launch the server console.
7. The file viewer.jnlp will download. Once the download is complete, click on the file download notification in Google Chrome to open it.
8. Click the Select a program from a list of installed programs radio button and click OK.

9. Click Browse…
10. Navigate to the Java Runtime installation directory on your computer and open the BIN folder (the complete path on my computer, which has a default installation, is C:\Program Files\Java\jre7\bin)
11. Select javaws.exe from the list of files and click Open. (This program file is called the Java(TM) Web Start Launcher)
12. Check the box Always use the selected program to open this kind of file and click OK.

13. Confirm any security or firewall prompts that appear.

That should be it. If you get the following error, you might have to change some setting in Java:

Error Message: Missing required permissions manifest attribute in main jar

This error appears with newer versions of Java, and you’ll need to do the following:

1. Open Control Panel
2. Click on Java

3. Click on the Security Tab, and then “Edit Site List”
4. Enter the iDrac URL in the List

Now you should be able to follow the above steps and open the .jar file and get to the console!

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