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Agent-free monitoring is the state-of-the-art out-of-band manageability solution for Dell’s 12G servers. Until then, inventory/monitoring of the server-attached storage was performed in-band, that is using software agents installed on the system. Software agents include Dell OpenManage Server Administrator or vendor-provided tools running on the operating system.

In Dell PowerEdge 12th generation servers, one can inventory/monitor the storage attached to the server (e.g. PERCs, hard disks, enclosures etc.) using iDRAC7 without installing any agent on the managed system or management station. Agent-free monitoring is the systems management solution for Dell’s 12th generation servers. It is completely out-of-band with no dependence on any operating system agents. Some of the benefits of agent-free monitoring include – releasing CPU cycles used for storage monitoring by the agents, its fully OS-agnostic and available during pre-boot also.

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