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hi roger
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Afternoon
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hey mark
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Hey ya
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I'll wait a few more minutes and then kick it off, Todd should be here in a sec
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hey todd
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I am ready to talk about blades
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should be a "pointed" discussion !
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I'm excited to sharpen my skills
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Let's be careful out there. No running with sharp objects.
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... all fun and games until .... ouch my eye !
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ok, 3:05 time for kickoff
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Welcome everyone to our 5th installment of our chat series ...
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This weeks topic is on Systems Management
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We'll make you aware of some of the features in the blade offerering, as well as other places to help you get started with Dell's Openmanage solution
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First, let me give you the link to our Openmanage wiki section on the main site .... http://www.delltechcenter.com/page/openmanage+systems+management
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You can start here, end here, and as always contribute any knowledge you have on the topic
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We also discuss current findings in the lab on our Systemsedge blog which is here ...
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So lets start the discussion with the Blade Chassis and what you get out of the box ....
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Our management strategy is built on open standards ... out of the box you have the Cmc .. Chassis Management Controller ... once given an Ip address you can contact it through Http or a telnet interface.
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It is simple to use and familiar interface if you've worked with the Drac (dell Remote Access Controllers)
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How do you assign the Ip? Will it use Dhcp by default?
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If I recall correctly (have to check and make sure) .. it tries Dhcp first, then times out and defaults to an Ip. There is also the ability to set the Ip on the front panel interface . I'll double check on the default settings after this chat.
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Unfortunately Dave couldn't join us, he set it up and would have the answer
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once the Ip is set, the Cmc gives you access to all hardware functions and the ability to set the Ips on the Idrac controllers for each blade.
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Each blade has its own separate interface for management, that once given an Ip can be managed over the web as well.
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If you follow this path further, you will quickly see that if you have many chassis and blades you will soon have Many Ip addresses to remember to management in this one-to-one fashion will be cumbersom
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Hence the reason for a systems management package.
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Dell Openmanage is our solution to help .... it is actually a suite of products built around open standards ... if you are familiar with other vendors solutions, this chart will help define what they each do --> http://www.delltechcenter.com/page/competitive+mapping
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the latest version is Openmanage 5.3.0 with 5.3.0.1 right around the corner.
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At the heart is Ita (IT Assistant) version 8.1.0 being the latest. It's a tool that you install on a system to collect all the alerts and act as the central point of management.
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The agents that get installed on the systems being managed are named Omsa (openmanage Server Administrator)
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Once you have Ita installed, and you want to manage the chassis and start consolidation of the management of the blades, you simply need to specify the Snmp details on the Cmc and the Idracs of the blades.
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For the Cmc, starting on the main webpage, click on the "alert Management" tab and then "trap Settings" .. this will allow you to specify the trap destination and community name
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for the Idrac on the blades, it is the same.
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Once that is configured and the systems are in Ita, you can start to do the "regular" systems management functions, ie.. firmware updates, driver updates, scheduling, reporting, etc ....
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for examples and demos of those features ..... see this link
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If you need to dig into the documents, here is the link with All the systems management docs, great resource --> http://support.dell.com/support/systemsinfo/documentation.aspx?c=us&cs=555&l=en&s=gen&~cat=6&~subcat=111
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hopefully that link somes across, I remember something about Urls were supposed to be easy to remember :-)
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Another great place to find assistance is from other users ...
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Is Openmanage 5.3.0 required to work with the new 10G blades?
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There is a forum on the Dell Community Forums under "servers and Storage" -- http://www.dellcommunity.com/   
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Great question Todd. Yes, actually you need the 5.3.0.1 release that is officially supported with the new blades. We have been testing with beta releases .... 5.3.0.1 releases on the 18th
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Well I don't think I've typed this much since Uil highschool typewriting competition ... questions ?
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What level of detail is Ita able to see in the chassis? What modules is able to see? Can it provide any management of the those network or fibre switches?
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I'm looking at our chassis right now, and the level of detail is limited compared to what I see in the other servers in our Ita console. I'm going to test on the 18th and I'm sure we'll get the same as what we can see in the other systems (device driver versions, Fru number on all components, etc) ... that is the plan for the next demo on systems managment.
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so be on the lookout for that .... as far as the components ...
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Ita acts as a launch point for the compenents managment tools .. for example ...
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we have several ethernet switches, we can see some details on hardware config, but to actually change anything, you simply right click on the swtich object and then launch the native application used to manage the details, be it a web interface, telnet session, ssh session, etc.
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for example, on our Dell Blade Chassis, when you right click it says Application Launch and then Cmc Console. Which brings up the web interface
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Other questions ?
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I really like that the new idrac supports full console redirection, but I haven't had a chance to try it out yet. What do you think of it?
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So that means every blade can have an active console re-direct session instead of having to share a limited number?
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Yes, great point Roger, since every Idrac has its own Ip and interface, everyone can be active at the same time. The redirection is also very fast and smooth from a Gui aspect.
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I'm actually connected right now through a double redirection --- Rdp to an Ita machine, and then Idrac into the console of a blade. And even through my slower wireless notebook connection, it is Very usable.
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Sounds like a great way to manage machines safely in a Dmz
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I encourage everyone to check out the Systems Management section on the Dell Techcenter wiki, all contributions are welcome. Any thing else, or other questions before we wrap up this week ?
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Thanks for the info
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Next week we will be taking the chat to the public side !
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Thanks again and be on the lookout for some new demos around the blade and systems management since it will be released to public soon.