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Dell Networking OpenManage Network Manager Overview

Growing networks can be a headache for today’s IT organizations. Keeping track of the devices in your network and how they relate to each other and to other parts of your infrastructure can be difficult and time consuming. OMNM is designed to make it easier to plan and manage your Dell, Cisco, HP, Juniper and Brocade network devices.

Unify your network element management and simplify deployment of Dell and third-party networking environments with a rich suite of tools available in OMNM, an integrated management console for all your important network management functions.

OMNM’s centralized management solution for Dell networking environments provides discovery, configuration management, monitoring and reporting for the entire Dell Networking family of products and select third-party products

OMNM provides the following advantages:

• Automates the discovery of network devices, and provides detailed information on the devices and their connectivity, including the ability to draw physical and logical topology maps.

• Provides the ability to easily configure and manage groups of network devices; configuration changes and firmware deployments can be made to multiple devices in one operation, and many network operations can be scheduled for pre-determined times.

• Enables the network administrator to monitor the health and performance of their network, allowing the creation of dashboards to capture important events and trends, and

• Resource group management provides one-to-many switch configuration

• Inventory reporting shows what you have and where is located

• Advanced scheduling schedules key tasks, such as backup and configuration changes

• Event management filters and forwards events and traps

• Customizable web based user interface

• Monitoring provides flexible dashboards for fault, availability and performance monitoring

• Helps reduce TCO by proactively monitoring for network problems, automating common configuration actions and enabling easy firmware deployment, allowing network administrators to focus on more critical activities. 

• Active Performance Monitors allow for proactive customization of performance monitoring

• Resource Discovery Wizard simplifies discovery of IP-based network elements

• Resource management enables easy configuration of single switches

• Free 30-day trial available to customers after which they will be required to purchase OMNM 6.0.

• Customers can purchase or upgrade to OMNM 6.0 directly from Dell from a variety of order options based on device count and term for the annual subscriptions. 

Supported operating system (64-bit)

• MSFT Window 2012

• Windows Server 2008 R2

• Linux for Redhat and CentOS v6.2/v6.4

Supported web browsers

• Chrome (version 6 and above)

• Safari (version 5 and above

• Firefox (version 3.6 and above)

• Internet Explorer (version 9 and above)

Key features

  • Support for all Dell Networking switches, including W-Series controllers and wireless access points including those supporting Power over Ethernet (PoE)
  • Support for select third-party switches from Cisco, HP, Juniper and Brocade
  • Traffic Flow Analysis helps maintain optimum performance configurations
  • “ProScan” configuration audit helps you track down and correct configuration issues
  • Active Performance Monitors allow for proactive customization of performance monitoring
  • Resource Discovery Wizard simplifies discovery of IP- based network elements
  • Resource management enables easy configuration of single switches

Supported Network Devices:

Dell Switches

• Dell Networking Z9000, S-Series, C-Series, N-Series, E- Series, M-Series and B-Series

• Dell Networking MXL and Dell PowerEdge M I/O Aggregator

• Dell Networking 8100, 8000, 7000, 6000, 5000 and 3000 (Includes 8132 and 8164 devices)

• Dell Networking W-Series wireless controllers, access points and instant access points

• Dell PowerEdge VRTX IOM

Cisco switches

• Nexus 5548, 7000, 6000

• Nexus 2000/FEX

• Catalyst 6500

• Catalyst 4500

• Catalyst 68xx

HP switches

• HP 4800

• HP 5300

• HP 59xx

• HP 6600

• HP 82xx

Juniper switches

• EX4200

• EX4500

• EX6210

• EX82xx

Brocade switches

• 65xx

• VDX 67xx

• VDX 87xx

Please contact your Dell Representative for list of all supported devices.

Downloads

To download a 30 day trial of OMNM 6.0 with support for up to twenty-five (25) Dell networking devices visit http://www.cruznms.com/omnmfreetrial.

Documents

OpenManage Network Manager 6 Product Sheet

OpenManage Network Manager 6 Quick Start Guide

OpenManage Network Manager 6 Device Drivers and OSs Supported

OpenManage Network Manager 6 FAQ

OpenManage Network Manager 6 Preinstall Checklist

OpenManage Network Manager 6 Server and VM Sizing Recommendations

Case Studies

Austin City Limits Music Festival_Public OMNM Case Study.pdf

Publications

OpenManage Network Manager Fast, efficient management of expanding network environments  

Videos



Dell OpenManage Network Manager Version 6.0

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do customers get a copy of OpenManage Network Manager (OMNM)?
    1. There is no longer a free license for OMNM 6 and above (OMNM legacy was free for less than 10 devices). In contrast, Dell can provide a free trial period of up to 30 days for all customers wishing to purchase subscription licenses for OMNM 6.
    2. Customers must purchase OMNM 6 directly from Dell. Likewise, Dell must be the only destination for customers who wish to upgrade from OMNM 5.3 to OMNM 6 licenses. New SKUs will be created for OMNM 6 based on device count (25, 50, 100, 250, 500, 1,000 and 2,000) and term for the annual subscriptions (1 year, 3 years, 5 years). Total: 25 Base SKUs, available in all regions.

2. What about legacy OMNM customers?

a. Customers who have bought a license > 10 devices of OMNM legacy will have a special offer to upgrade to OMNM 6 (or the most current version at that time).

3. How much does OMNM cost?

a. Please contact your Dell Representative for Pricing

4. What devices can be managed with OMNM?

a. OMNM will allow you to manage all Dell Networking devices including Dell Networking Force10 , Dell Networking PowerConnect switches, Dell Networking W-Series wireless controllers and access points. See the Release Notes for a complete list of supported devices.

b. OMNM 6.0 now provides Multi-vendor support for the following 3rd party devices

i. Cisco – Nexus 2000/FEX/5548/6000/7000, Catalyst 4500/6500/68xx

ii. HP – 4800, 5300, 59xx, 6600, 82xx
iii. Juniper – EX4200/4500, EX82xx
iv. Brocade – 65xx, VDX 67xx/87xx

Contact your Dell sales representative for more information and complete support list.

5. How many devices can OMNM manage?

a. The total number of devices that can be managed by one OMNM server will vary depending on the size and configuration of the server on which OMNM is deployed (see the OMNM User Guide for server sizing guidelines) and on the specific OMNM features in use. However, as a rule of thumb, a fully configured OMNM server can support up to about 2000 devices. Use of resource-intensive features such as Traffic Flow Analysis will reduce that number somewhat.

6.  What about customer installations with more devices than a single OMNM server can support?

a. Customers with very large configurations have a few different options. An additional OMNM server could be deployed to manage the additional devices; however each OMNM server would be managed by its own browser interface

b. Dell S&P also sells other network management products that can manage larger environments from Dell partners such as Solarwinds, NetScout and Entuity.
c. Contact your Dell sales representative for more information.

7. What can OMNM really do from a management perspective?

a. OMNM is a network management system (NMS) that provides for discovery, configuration, monitoring, traffic analysis, events and alarms, compliance management and management of Dell and other 3rd party vendors networking devices. It is a web based tool with a wide variety of user configurable functionality and capabilities. With advanced features such as group operations, configuration backup and restore, firmware management, reporting, scheduling, traffic flow analysis, and configuration audit capabilities, OMNM will enable you to get control of your network.

8. What are the system requirements to install OMNM?

a. You must install the following or have at least the minimum versions installed on your server:
Supported Web Browsers:
1. Google Chrome (v6 and above)
2. Safari (v 5 and above)
3. Firefox (v 3.6 and above)
4. Microsoft Internet Explorer (v 9 and above)

Supported Operating System Versions:
1. CentOS 6.4
2. RedHat Enterprise Linux v6.4 (64-bit), v6.2 (64-bit)
3. Microsoft Windows Server 2012 (64bit), 2008 (64-bit)

For more information, please see the OMNM v6 User Guide, Chapter 1. Getting Started with Dell OpenManage Network Manager.

9. Is training for OMNM available?

a. There are a series of demonstrations shown on this website that detail various functionality within the product.

10. Are there any demos that show OMNM in action?

a. Yes, there are multiple live demos that detail various functionality within the product, which can be found on this website.

b. You can also contact your Dell Representative to have them demo OMNM.

11. If a customer needs to add more capacity where do they purchase upgrades?

a. Unlike with OMNM legacy, these licenses are not cumulative. In other words, if the user needs to support 150 nodes, he/she has to buy the 150-node subscription. Important to discuss future network expansion plans for the term of the subscription, purchase for growth, these licenses are not cumulative.

12. How can the customer get access to previous OMNM licenses if they lost them?

a. Contact your Dell sales representative.

13. How do customers update license keys prior to upgrading to OMNM 6?

a. Contact your Dell sales representative.

Dell OpenManage Network Manager Version 5.3 SP2

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. How do customers get a copy of OpenManage Network Manager (OMNM)?                  a. To download a free copy of OMNM with support for up to ten (10) Dell networking devices visit http://www.dell.com/networkmanagerand select the download link on the page.

2. How much does OMNM cost?

     a. There is no cost for management of up to ten (10) Dell networking devices. If you have more than ten (10) Dell devices, you can purchase additional device licenses through Dell S&P. Visit http://www.dell.com/networkmanager for more details.

 

3. What devices can be managed with OMNM?

a. OMNM will allow you to manage all Dell networking devices including Force10, PowerConnect switches,, PowerConnect W-Series wireless controllers and access points. See the Release Notes for a complete list of supported devices.

4. How many devices can OMNM manage?

a. When you download and install OMNM, you will be able to manage up to ten (10) Dell devices for no additional cost. If you have more than ten Dell devices, you can add support for additional devices by purchasing OMNM device license packs through Dell S&P. The total number of devices that can be managed by one OMNM server will vary depending on the size and configuration of the server on which OMNM is deployed (see the OMNM User Guide for server sizing guidelines) and on the specific OMNM features in use. However, as a rule of thumb, a fully configured OMNM server can support up to about 2000 devices. Use of resource-intensive features such as Traffic Flow Analysis will reduce that number somewhat.

 

5. What about customer installations with more devices than a single OMNM server can support?

a. Customers with very large configurations have a few different options. An additional OMNM server could be deployed to manage the additional devices; however each OMNM server would be managed by its own browser interface

 

b. Dell S&P also sells other network management products that can manage larger environments from Dell partners such as Solarwinds, NetScout and Entuity. For customers familiar with OMNM, the maker of OMNM, Dorado Software, also sells Redcell, which can be deployed in distributed and clustered configurations to enable the management of very large environments. OMNM customers whose environments grow beyond the capacity of a single OMNM server can upgrade to Dorado Redcell by purchasing and installing a Redcell license key.

 

c. Contact your Dell sales representative for more information.

 

6. What about managing 3rd party devices?

    a. If you want to manage devices other than Dell you have the option to work with other management solutions offered by Dell partners and available on Dell S&P, such as Solarwinds, NetScout and Entuity.  For customers familiar with OMNM, the maker of OMNM, Dorado Software, also sells Redcell, which allows you to manage all of your Dell devices as well as any supported additional devices in your network. OMNM 6.0 will also have Multi-vendor support.

   b. Contact your Dell sales representative for more information.

7. What can OMNM really do from a management perspective?

    a. OMNM is a network management system (NMS) that provides for discovery, configuration, monitoring, and management of Dell networking devices. It is a web based tool with a wide variety of user configurable functionality and capabilities. With advanced features such as group operations, configuration backup and restore, firmware management, reporting, scheduling, traffic flow analysis, and configuration audit capabilities, OMNM will enable you to get control of your network.

8. What are the system requirements to install OMNM?

    a. You must install the following or have at least the minimum versions installed  on your server:

i. Supported Web Browsers:

  1. Chrome (v6 and above)
  2. Safari (v 5 and above)
  3. Firefox (v 3.6 and above)
  4. Internet Explorer (v 9 and above)

ii. Supported Operating System Versions:

  1. RedHat Enterprise Linux v6.2 (64-bit)
  2. Microsoft Windows 2012 (64bit), 2008 (64-bit)

iii. For more information, please see the OMNM v5 User Guide, Chapter 1. Getting Started with Dell OpenManage Network Manager.

9. Is training for OMNM available?

    a. There are a series of demonstrations showing how to utilize various features available on http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/networking/w/wiki/4878.openmanage-network-manager.aspx

10. Are there any demos that show OMNM in action?

    a. Yes, there are multiple live demos that detail various functionality within the product at http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/networking/w/wiki/4878.openmanage-network-manager.aspx

11. If a customer needs to add more capacity where do they purchase upgrades?

 a. Customers in the following countries/regions can order licenses from Dell S&P; orders will be fulfilled by Distributor and Dorado Software via email:

     i.United States, Canada, Caribbean, Central America, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Chile, Argentina

    ii. Australia, New Zealand, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, India, SADMG, Japan, Korea

   iii. Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom

   iv. For customers outside of the above countries/regions, OMNM licenses can be ordered directly from Dorado’s international shopping cart at: http://www.doradosoftware.com/dell/upgrades.html . License orders will be processed by Dorado and fulfilled via email.

  v. Customers may contact their Dell sales representative or Dorado Software to inquire about the Redcell upgrade products to manage heterogeneous environments. In the countries/regions listed above, license orders will be processed and fulfilled by Distributor & Dorado Software

12. How can the customer get access to previous OMNM licenses if they lost them?

a. Contact your Dell sales representative, or go to http://www.doradosoftware.com/dell/upgrade-info.htmlRefer to the User Guide and Release Notes for more information.

 

13. How do customers update license keys prior to upgrading to OMNM 5?

       a. Contact your Dell sales representative, or go to http://www.doradosoftware.com/dell/upgrade-info.htmlRefer to the User Guide and Release Notes for more information.


14. Are there any specific items we should be aware of when supporting the new N-Series switches with OMNM?

a. No, release OMNM5.3 SP2 provides full support for N2000, N3000 and N4000 Devices.