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Dell Lifecycle Controller Integration for SCVMM v1.3

Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) is a management solution developed for the virtualized datacenter. It can be used to configure and manage a virtualization host, networking, and storage resources in order to create and deploy virtual machines and services to private clouds.

Dell Lifecycle Controller Integration (DLCI) for Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager helps automate and simplify hardware configuration as well as deployment of operating systems (OS) running on Dell PowerEdge 11g/12g/13g servers.  DLCI for SCVMM helps reduce the number of operational procedures and time required in preparing for one-to-many OS deployments. DLCI for SCVMM offers agent-free, out-of-band hardware configuration, patching, deployment and reapply the previous stored system settings through the System Center 2016, 2012 SP1/R2 Virtual Machine Manager console leveraging Dell’s embedded server management technology, iDRAC with Lifecycle Controller.

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DLCI for SCVMM features and functionality:

Dell Lifecycle Controller Integration for Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager, enable the following:

  • Support for Microsoft System Center 2016
  • Export server inventory in CSV format
  • Part replacement - restore the firmware or configuration or both on the replaced server component
  • Collect and view Lifecycle controller log messages
  • Improved presentation of jobs and activity logs. Activity log can be accessed in DLCI console
  • Support for deploying Windows Server 2016
  • Support for firmware update using 64-bit DUPs
  • Simplified installation of the product by removing the need for configuring DCLM (connections license manager) for license key enforcement. Customers still need to purchase the licenses as proof of compliance
  • Integration with Dell Repository Manager (DRM)—DLCI provides the server inventory information (Group level) to DRM directly for creation of customized repository
  • Maintenance Centre :A simplified and enhanced user experience to achieve multistep work flow in a single window

    • Cluster-Aware Updating (CAU)—automates the firmware updating process by leveraging the features of Microsoft Cluster Aware Update on cluster update groups, helps to maintain the server’s availability while firmware updates
    • Export/Import server profiles—Export server configurations including firmware images on components such as BIOS, RAID, NIC, iDRAC with Lifecycle Controller to vFlash or network share and reapply the previous stored system settings either retaining or excluding the current RAID settings for the same server(s)
    • Polling and notifications— configure notifications to receive, when new catalogs are available in update source
    • Filters — Use multiple filters options to display information based on the criteria selected in the Maintenance Center and leverage the same for firmware update and export inventory
    • Allow Downgrade—if enabled, downgrade the firmware version to available earlier version in the Update source
    • Export inventory  as a standard XML and use Dell Repository Manager (DRM) to prepare a Firmware Update repository based on the Dell online Catalog
    • A single Inventory XML providing the details of all Racks , Modular servers, Chassis ( M1000e, VRTX and FX2) and Windows Failover Clusters
    • Apply firmware on selected servers or chosen components using Dell Online Catalog and latest firmware releases from ftp.dell.com/downloads.dell.com. Use the capability to schedule firmware update on  a collection of servers to plan the downtime and improve infrastructure availability and predictability
    • Define custom Update sources using Local FTP setup or Dell Repository Manager or HTTP Source
    • Review Lifecycle Controller Logs for all servers after firmware update completion
    • Capability to manage the scheduled Firmware Update and Export/Import jobs in the single view

    • Compare the firmware Update status for all full inventory of servers against a baseline catalog

    • Update firmware of servers as part of the Operating System Deployment workflow and reduce the number of additional steps required

  • Automatic grouping of Rack and Modular servers into virtual groups based on Cluster, Chassis , Hosts and unassigned server groups at discovery phase. Also provide customize grouping of the servers and performing firmware updates, export server profiles and import server profiles at group level
  • Ease of hosts management by synchronizing SCVMM hosts with DLCI for SCVMM appliance
  • Enhanced capability to provide credentials for iDRAC , CMC and Proxy servers used for multiple workflows
  • Supports Microsoft System Center 2012 SP1/R2 Virtual Machine Manager
  • Installs as a Virtual Appliance (software model) for simplified implementation and initial configuration with SCVMM
  • Checks for Dell PowerEdge server compliance to help ensure that the required firmware revision is installed
  • Performs auto-discovery and handshake to enable iDRAC with Lifecycle Controller (iDRAC/LC) on bare-metal servers to locate the SCVMM Console through the DLCI for SCVMM Appliance. Servers discovered by the Appliance are recognized as “unassigned servers” and then acknowledged as “available for operating system deployment”
  • Manually discovers unassigned Dell PowerEdge servers when using static IP for the iDRAC/LC network
  • Enables visibility to key inventory details of discovered servers to help IT Administrators select  appropriate servers to deploy into their datacenter
  • Prepares an ideal server configuration, also known as a “Golden Configuration” based upon IT Administrator-defined standards, to enable rapid and consistent replication of the same  configuration on servers targeted for deployment into the virtual environment
  • Assists IT Administrators in developing and maintaining policy and profile-based configuration templates that reduce repetitive management tasks and time managing  hardware configurations and OS deployments
  • Provides several options for OS/hypervisor deployments:

    • PowerEdge embedded management technology, iDRAC/LC, contains driver packs for all supported operating systems for OS deployments taking place at the end user’s site

    • Prepare customized Microsoft Windows Pre-installation Environment (WinPE) images with OS drivers optionally available from the Dell Deployment Toolkit (DTK)

    • Replicate hypervisor deployments, with or without utilizing the Lifecycle Controller (LC) driver packs,  based upon the selected “Golden Configuration”; also replicate BIOS, RAID, and Boot Order settings
    • Update firmware of servers as part of the Operating System Deployment workflow and reduce the number of additional steps required

  • Provides a Link& Launch to the iDRAC/LC user interface to view inventory information and perform troubleshooting tasks
  • Provides visibility to data logs of jobs and tasks performed within the DLCI Appliance
  • Uses Active Directory credentials for authentication and access to iDRAC/LC 

For information on Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager, see Microsoft documentation.

 

DLCI for SCVMM Download

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 DLCI for SCVMM Documentation

 

DLCI for SCVMM Videos

Setup and Configuration

Upgrading DLCI For SCVMM

Manual Discovery – Single IP

Manual Discovery – IP Range

iDRAC console launch

WinPE Customization and ISO creation

Hypervisor profile

Hardware profile

Deployment template

Operating System Deployment with LC Driver Injection

Update Source

Firmware Update

Cluster Aware Update

 

NOTE: Few videos created using previous version of product, you might see slight changes in the look and feel of the product

Setup and Configuration

In this video, you can learn, how to set up and configure Dell Lifecycle Controller Integration for System Center Virtual Machine Manager.