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.
Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) provides patch management, software distribution, operating system deployment, network access protection and hardware/software inventory
OpenManage Integration for Microsoft System Center (OMIMSSC) for SCCM and SCVMM helps to automate and simplify hardware configuration as well as deployment of operating systems (OS) running on Dell EMC PowerEdge™ 11th generation to 14th generation servers and reduce the number of operational procedures and time required in preparing for one-to-many deployment in data centers. OMIMSSC offers agent-free, out-of-band hardware configuration, patching, deployment and reapplying the previous stored system settings through the System Center console leveraging Dell EMC embedded server management technology - iDRAC with Lifecycle Controller).
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Features and functionality:
Supports SCVMM 2016, 2012 SP1/R2 and SCCM 2012 SP1, 2012 SP2, 2012 R2, 2012 R2 SP1, 2016
Supports integration of multiple SCCM and SCVMM consoles with a single OMIMSSC. The OMIMSSC Appliance gives customers the choice to select any console (SCCM or SCVMM) with similar feature benefits.
Discovery and Inventory:
Performs auto-discovery and handshake to enable iDRAC on bare-metal servers and added to OMIMSSC. Servers discovered are classified as “unassigned servers” and are available for operating system deployment.
Manually discover Dell EMC PowerEdge™ servers using iDRAC IP.
Ease of hosts management by synchronizing SCVMM or SCCM hosts with OMIMSSC.
Checks for Dell EMC PowerEdge™ server compliance to ensure that the required firmware versions are installed.
Enables visibility to key inventory details of discovered servers to help IT Administrators select appropriate servers to deploy in datacenters.
Automatic grouping of servers into virtual groups based on Cluster, Chassis, Hosts and unassigned server groups at discovery phase.
iDRAC Lockdown Mode for 14th generation of Dell EMC PowerEdge™ servers to prevent server configuration
Hardware Configuration and Operating System (OS) deployments:
Supports Window, ESXi & RHEL OS deployment.
Prepares an ideal server configuration, also known as a “Reference Server Configuration” based upon IT Administrator-defined standards, to enable rapid and consistent replication of the same configuration on servers targeted for deployment in datacenters.
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.
Prepare customized Microsoft Windows Pre-installation Environment (WinPE) images with OS drivers optionally available from the Dell EMC Deployment Toolkit (DTK).
OS deployments, with or without utilizing the Lifecycle Controller (LC) driver packs.
Replicate hardware configuration of “Reference Server Configuration” as part of Deployment workflow. Supports following components BIOS, Boot Devices, RAID, NIC, iDRAC, LC, FC and PCIe SSD.
Update firmware of servers as part of the Deployment workflow and reduce the number of additional steps required
Maintenance Centre :A simplified and enhanced user experience to achieve multi-step workflow in a single window
Apply firmware on selected servers or chosen components using Dell EMC 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
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 updating firmware versions.
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 version in the Update source.
Integration with Dell EMC Repository Manager (DRM)—OMIMSSC provides the server inventory information (Group level) to DRM directly for creation of customized repository.
Export inventory as a standard XML and use Dell EMC Repository Manager (DRM) to prepare a Firmware Update repository based on the Dell EMC online Catalog
A single Inventory XML/CSV providing the details of all Racks , Modular servers, Chassis ( M1000e, VRTX and FX2) and Windows Failover Clusters
Define custom Update sources using Local FTP setup/Dell EMC Repository Manager/HTTP Source
Customized grouping of the servers and performing firmware updates, export server profiles and import server profiles at group level.
View Lifecycle Controller Logs for further troubleshooting.
Compare the firmware versions for all servers against a baseline catalog.
License Center :
Import and view purchased, consumed and total remaining licenses in OMIMSSC.
Launch iDRAC console to view server details and perform troubleshooting tasks.
Jobs and Logs Center :
View all the activities of the jobs and its status
For information on SCCM or SCVMM, see Microsoft documentation.
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In this video, we will describe the process of importing a license file in to OpenManage Integration for Microsoft System Center after purchasing a license and downloading the license file from the Dell Digital store.