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Dell Out-of-Band controllers
Dell Management Consoles
Dell Plugins for 3th party consoles
Standalone tools and utilities
Dell delivers management solutions that help IT Administrators effectively deploy, update, monitor, and manage IT assets. Dell OpenManage solutions and tools allow customers to quickly respond to problems by helping them to manage Dell servers effectively and efficiently; in physical, virtual, local, and remote environments, operating in-band and out-of-band (agent-free). The OpenManage portfolio includes innovative embedded management tools such as the integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) with Lifecycle Controller.
Dell has developed comprehensive systems management solutions based on open standards and has integrated with management consoles that can perform advanced management of Dell hardware. Dell has connected or integrated the advanced management capabilities of Dell hardware into offerings from the industry’s top systems management vendors, thus making Dell platforms easy to deploy, update, monitor, and manage IT environments. If you have standardized on offerings from industry leaders such as BMC Software, Microsoft, VMware, or other vendors, you can extend the existing systems management framework and the skills of the IT staff to efficiently manage Dell servers, storage, business-client PCs, and networking equipments using Dell's Systems Management tools, utilities, and consoles.
Dell's systems management solution consists of a set of software products that help you to discover, monitor, manage, update, and deploy software or firmware on Dell servers. The products focus on:
The integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) with Lifecycle Controller is embedded within every Dell PowerEdge server and provides functionality that helps IT administrators deploy, update, monitor, and maintain Dell servers with no need for any additional software to be installed. The Dell iDRAC works regardless of operating system or hypervisor presence because from a pre-OS or bare-metal state, iDRAC is ready to work because it is embedded within each server from the factory.
The Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) is designed to make server administrators more productive and improve the overall availability of Dell servers. IDRAC alerts administrators to server issues, helps them perform remote server management, and reduces the need for physical access to the server.
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The Dell Chassis Management Controller (CMC) is an embedded system management hardware and software solution to manage:
It provides a secure browser-based interface that enables an IT administrator to take inventory, perform configuration and monitoring tasks, remotely power on/off blade servers and enable alerts for events on servers and components in the blade chassis. It has its own microprocessor and memory and powered by the modular chassis it is plugged into. The discovery is built-in and CMC has a dedicated internal network. The blade enclosure, which can hold multiple blade servers, provides power, cooling, various interconnects and additional systems management capabilities. Unlike a tower or rack server, a blade server cannot run by itself; it requires a compatible blade enclosure.
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PowerEdge servers use an embedded iDRAC with Lifecycle Controller provides advanced embedded systems management, enabling key server management tasks including deploy, configure, update, maintain, diagnose, repurpose and retire. Lifecycle Controller supports these functions in the customer’s preferred mode – at the server, pre-boot with an UEFI graphical interface, at remote consoles using standards-based APIs and via scripting.
Prior to the development of Lifecycle Controller, an administrator used tools such as Dell OpenManage Server Administrator (OMSA), Dell Systems Build Update Utility (SBUU), and Dell Deployment Toolkit (DTK) shipped on multiple CDs or DVD in order to perform Dell EMC PowerEdge server provisioning and update. Maintaining and using multiple DVDs/images for these operations was a time-consuming and error-prone effort.
To simplify these operations, Lifecycle Controller allows IT administrators to do away with media altogether, enabling operating system deployment with locally embedded driver repositories, firmware updates from local and network sources, hardware configuration, and platform-specific diagnostic routines. Because Lifecycle Controller is available even when the operating system is not functional or not installed, it provides added flexibility in provisioning and customizing the server to suit changing requirements.
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OpenManage Essentials is a systems management console that provides simple, basic Dell hardware management and is available as a free download.
Dell OpenManage Essentials is our easy to install, intuitively simple to use, and customer-acclaimed, One-to-Many systems management console that is optimised to provide comprehensive lifecycle management of Dell PowerEdge converged, rack and tower servers. OpenManage Essentials also delivers extensive infrastructure health monitoring, control, and support for Dell servers, storage, networking, business clients, firewall appliances, and 3rd party hardware.
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SupportAssist includes remote monitoring, automated system state information collection, automatic case creation and proactive contact from Dell technical support on select Dell server, storage, and networking devices.
Available features vary depending on the Dell service level purchased for your system. Customers with ProSupport Plus take advantage of the full set of SupportAssist features, including predictive issue detection and monthly optimization reporting. A recent study found that ProSupport Plus with SupportAssist proactive monitoring and automated case creation resolves issues up to 90% faster than with basic warranty alone.
To further streamline support, TechDirect enables you to manage routine issues and parts dispatching through a self-service online portal, mobile app and APIs. Gain real-time access to all your Dell support cases anytime, anywhere and at no additional charge. TechDirect users around the globe experience up to a 90% boost in productivity after implementing this tool.
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Dell License Manager is a one-to-many license deployment and reporting tool for Dell iDRAC and CMC licenses.
Dell License Manager can deploy and backup:
Dell License Manager can also inventory licensable systems to report on the licensing status and currently enabled iDRAC feature level.
Use Dell iDRAC licenses to enable server management capabilities such as the virtual media and remote console support currently available in the Enterprise iDRAC feature set.
You can download licenses from the Dell Online Licensing Portal. You can purchase licenses when you purchase a server.
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Dell OpenManage Mobile is a software application that enables one to securely perform a subset of datacenter monitoring and server remediation tasks from a mobile device. OMM is supported for Android and iOS mobile devices.
OpenManage Mobile can connect to your datacenter through the Dell OpenManage Essentials management console. This allows a user to monitor all systems managed by OpenManage Essentials such as Dell Servers, Storage, Networking, and Firewall appliances and any other supported third party appliance from your android mobile device.
OpenManage Mobile can also connect to a Dell PowerEdge server directly through the iDRAC interface using WiFi or with the NFC on the iDRAC Quick Sync Bezel. Once connected, a user can perform several basic management functions on the server.
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Dell OpenManage Power Center (OMPC) management console provides increased visibility over power consumption, anomalies, and utilization through fine-grained instrumentation. This enables increased control, improved rack density, faster response times, greater accuracy, and broader decision-making intelligence than would otherwise be possible.
When used with a 12th and 13th generation PowerEdge server with an iDRAC Enterprise license on a system with an Intel chipset, OMPC leverages Intel Node Manager technology for platform-level power reporting and capping of Intel chipsets. Power Center then communicates with the Dell iDRAC on each managed server to provide node, rack, row or data-center level aggregation of power-management data, as well as execution of control policy - making it easy for IT professionals to identify areas to gain efficiencies and cut wasteful costs.
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Keeping track of the devices in your network and understanding how they relate to each other and to other parts of your infrastructure can be difficult and time-consuming. OpenManage Network Manager (OMNM) is designed to make it easier to plan and manage your Dell, Cisco, HP, Juniper, Brocade, Arista and Extreme 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 - right out of the box.
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Dell’s Active Fabric Manager is a key software application to automate tasks associated with designing, building and monitoring data center fabrics, reducing fabric deployment time by up to 86% compared to manual configurations. Users can now design and deploy Layer 2 & Layer 3 fabrics within a matter of minutes. Unlike traditional Network Management tools that primarily focus on performance monitoring of various network elements, AFM has been built ground-up as an automation and orchestration tool for the entire fabric.
AFM includes many innovations that can save time and eliminate manual tasks associated with fabric design and deployment. For example, AFM includes a design wizard which simplifies the entire process of designing a network fabric, end-to-end. The wizard prompts the user to provide inputs required for the fabric design in an intuitive fashion. In the background, AFM carries out all necessary calculations to present the most appropriate fabric topology, eliminating guesswork and errors that are common in network design and implementation. The designs are derived from a set of predefined templates that have been validated for deployment as Layer 2 or Layer 3 fabrics, including spine-leaf Active Fabric topologies and underlying technologies such as Dell Virtual Link Trunking (VLT) and stacking.
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VMware vCenter Server provides a centralized platform for managing your VMware vSphere environments, so you can automate and deliver a virtual infrastructure with confidence.
OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter enables you to manage the Dell hosts better from the VMware web client by providing enhanced capabilities for deployment, manage, monitor and upgrade.
Monitor and send alerts
Deployment and provisioning
Security role and permissions
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OpenManage Management Pack for vRealize Operations Manager enables monitoring of different metrics and hardware resources in the Dell server (12th generation servers and later) and chassis by using vRealize Operations Manager. OpenManage Management Pack for vRealize Operations Manager requires VMware vRealize Operations Manager version 6.3 or later.
OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter (OMIVV) is a product that manages the ESXi servers within the VMware vCenter. OpenManage Management Pack for vRealize Operations Manager supports OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter 4.0 or later.
OpenManage Management Pack for vRealize Operations Manager enables you to monitor and analyze the health, inventory, and status of the Dell PowerEdge servers and chassis that are managed by the OMIVV
The OpenManage adapter retrieves the data of the managed Dell servers and its associated Dell chassis from the configured OMIVV. The retrieved details are used to discover and monitor the Dell PowerEdge servers and chassis.
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Operations Manager provides infrastructure monitoring that is flexible and cost-effective, helps ensure the predictable performance and availability of vital applications, and offers comprehensive monitoring for your datacenter and cloud, both private and public.
Dell Server Management Pack Suite offers monitoring of Dell server hardware - Dell PowerEdge Servers, Dell PowerVault NAS, Dell Remote Access Controllers (iDRAC), Chassis Management Controllers (CMC) through System Center Operations Manager and integration with various Dell tools. The management pack suite provides Dell-specific views that you can use to observe and drill down the system inventory, status and performance in a network.
The management pack suite also offers key correlation capabilities that enable users to view the complex interconnections and status rollups that are enabled from Dell hardware (e.g., monitoring of VRTX Chassis Storage from Server Node context.)
The suite includes agent-free out-of-band monitoring that leverages the embedded server management features using iDRAC with Lifecycle Controller to enable monitoring of a server without the need for an OS agent.
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The Dell EqualLogic Storage Management Pack Suite for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager enables monitoring of Dell EqualLogic PS Arrays on System Center Operations Manager. The Management Packs provide a list of Dell-specific views that you can use to observe and drill down the system status in a network.
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The Dell MD Storage Array Management Pack Suite enables Operations Manager to discover and monitor the status of Dell PowerVault MD Storage Arrays, on a defined network segment. This representation includes the receipt of alerts and pre-failure alerts with the ability to drill down to each hardware component from the overall Dell hardware health, and allows Dell customers to assess, respond to, and ensure availability of Dell Storage systems monitored in the Operations Manager environment.
In addition to improved availability, the Management Pack enhances the ability to monitor and manage the hardware in a single management solution.
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The Dell Printer Management Pack enables Operations Manager to discover and monitor the status of Dell Printers, on a defined network segment. This representation, which includes the receipt of failure and pre-failure alerts, allows you to assess, respond to, and ensure the availability of Dell Printers monitored in the Operations Manager environment.
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The Dell Client Management Pack for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager provides monitoring in Operations Manager for Dell Business Client Computers (Latitude, Precision and OptiPlex) running Dell OpenManage Client Instrumentation (OMCI).
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Use System Center Configuration Manager to provide more effective IT services by enabling secure and scalable software deployment, compliance settings management, and comprehensive asset management of servers, desktops, laptops, and mobile devices.
Dell Server Deployment Pack (DSDP) automates bare-metal configuration and deployment of a variety of Microsoft Windows operating system versions (leveraging PXE-based OS deployment) and applications from a central location to PowerEdge servers across enterprise networks.
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Dell Lifecycle Controller Integration for Configuration Manager (DLCI) provides agent-free, OS and hypervisor agnostic configuration and update of Dell PowerEdge servers. Through automated processes, IT Administrators can reduce steps, time, and cost in configuring servers from a bare-metal state and preparing remote 1-to-Many operating system (OS) deployment.
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Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) is a management solution for the virtualized datacenter, enabling you to configure and manage your virtualization host, networking, and storage resources in order to create and deploy virtual machines and services to private clouds that you have created.
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 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 Virtual Machine Manager console leveraging Dell’s embedded server management technology, iDRAC with Lifecycle Controller.
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The Dell Server Performance and Resource Optimization Management Pack (PRO Pack) enables System Center Operations Manager and System Center Virtual Machine Manager to monitor Dell systems, and take remedial action when an inefficient system is identified. This enables to proactively manage virtual environments and ensure high availability of your Dell Servers.
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Nagios Core serves as the basic event scheduler, event processor, and alert manager for elements that are monitored. It features several APIs that are used to extend its capabilities to perform additional tasks, is implemented as a daemon written in C for performance reasons, & is designed to run natively on Linux/*nix systems.
Dell OpenManage Plug-in for Nagios Core provides a proactive approach to data center management that delivers features for monitoring 12th and later generations of Dell PowerEdge servers through an agent-free method using integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) with Lifecycle Controller technology, Dell chassis and Dell storage devices in the Nagios Core console.
With this plug-in, customers have comprehensive hardware-level visibility of Dell PowerEdge servers, Dell chassis, and Dell storage including overall and component-level health monitoring for quicker fault detection and resolution.
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Dell OpenManage Plug-in for Nagios XI provides a proactive approach to data center management that delivers features for monitoring 12th and later generations of Dell PowerEdge servers through an agent-free method using integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) with Lifecycle Controller technology, Dell chassis and Dell storage devices in the Nagios XI console. With this plug-in, customers have comprehensive hardware-level visibility of Dell PowerEdge servers, Dell chassis, and Dell storage including overall and component-level health monitoring for quicker fault detection and resolution.
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Tivoli Systems is an IBM-owned company that develops software that allows a business to manage its computing environment.
The Connection is a systems management plug-in that extends the management of Dell PowerEdge systems and Dell PowerVault storage systems to users of the Tivoli Enterprise Console management product. It allows users to integrate the management of Dell systems to make them easier to manage.
The Connection also allows systems management professionals to take corrective action on Dell systems when a Dell-specific alert is received at the enterprise. These alerts include, but are not limited to, temperature, fan speed, and chassis intrusion.
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Dell OpenManage Connection for IBM Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus allows Dell devices to send and receive alerts to and from the IBM Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus server. It also supports one-to-one element management console launch following Dell device alerts and Dell Tools launch from the OMNIbus console in order to perform troubleshooting, configuration and management activities.
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Dell OpenManage Connection for IBM Tivoli Network Manager (ITNM) IP Edition provides end-to-end monitoring capability for Dell Original Equipment Manufacturing (OEM) Servers, Dell Datacenter Scalable Solutions (DSS), Dell PowerEdge servers, chassis, workstations, storage arrays and network switches.
You can monitor the Dell infrastructure from the ITNM IP Edition console, which is a single point of management for the complete hardware environment in your data center. It also supports console launch of Dell devices and other Dell tools to perform troubleshooting, configuration, and management activities.
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HP Operations Manager is a System monitoring package manufactured by Hewlett-Packard (HP). It operates in 'agent-push' mode, which means that a software agent component installed on the monitored hosts sends selected alerts to a centralized Management Server.
Dell Smart Plug-in for HP Operations Manager enables the datacenter customers to monitor Dell devices in environments managed by HP Operations Manager console. Dell Smart Plug-in protects an IT organization’s existing investment in HP Operations Manager console and helps ease the integration and management of Dell devices.
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Dell Repository Manager (DRM) is an application that allows IT Administrators to easily manage system updates. Dell Repository Manager provides a searchable interface used to create custom software collections known as bundles and repositories of Dell Update Packages (DUPs). DRM integrates with Dell EMC consoles such as OpenManage Essentials, SCVMM, OMIVV, CMC as well as iDRAC to automate the creation of custom repositories with just the relevant updates. DRM also allows for the manual creation of repositories.
These bundles and repositories allow for the deployment of multiple firmware updates at once. DRM can build deployment packages that can be used by Dell EMC consoles, as well as tools such as Scripted Deployment Packs, Bootable ISO and Custom Server Update Utility.
A Dell Update Package (DUP) is a self-contained executable in a standard package format that updates a software element on a Dell server such as the BIOS, a device driver, firmware, and other similar software updates.
Additionally, Dell Repository Manager makes it easier to locate specific updates for a particular platform, which saves time. DRM also can schedule a search for new updates and notify the customer when a newer update is available and refresh the Repository with the new update (this is configurable). No longer do our customers need to either search support.dell.com or run a comparison to find learn when new updates are available.
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Dell OpenManage Server Administrator (OMSA) is a software agent that provides a comprehensive, one-to-one systems management solution in two ways: from an integrated, Web browser-based graphical user interface (GUI) and from a command line interface (CLI) through the operating system.
OMSA is designed so that system administrators can manage server systems both locally and remotely on a network. It also interfaces with OpenManage Essentials (OME) console, which allows for monitoring of the systems in your data center from a single interface.
Currently the OMSA agent can be installed on 32 and 64 bit versions of Windows Server, Red Hat Linux as well as Novell SUSE Linux and ESXi.
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The Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) Service Module is a lightweight optional software application that can be installed on Dell’s 12th generation of PowerEdge servers or later. The iDRAC Service Module complements iDRAC interfaces – Graphical User Interface (GUI), RACADM CLI and Web Service Management (WSMAN) with additional monitoring data. You can configure the features on the supported operating system depending on the features to be installed and the unique integration needs in your environment.
The iDRAC Service Module architecture uses IP socket communication and provides additional Systems Management data (OS/device driver) to iDRAC and presents one-to-many consoles with access to Systems Management data through OS standard interfaces.
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The Dell OpenManage Deployment Toolkit (DTK) includes a set of utilities, sample scripts, and sample configuration files that you can use to deploy and configure the Dell systems. You can use DTK to build script-based and RPM-based installation for deploying large number of systems on a pre-operating system environment in a reliable way, without changing their current deployment processes. Using DTK you can install operating systems on Dell systems in BIOS or Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) mode.
In addition to the command line utilities used to configure various system features, DTK also provides sample scripts and configuration files to perform common deployment tasks and documentation. These files and scripts describe the use of the DTK in Microsoft Windows Pre-installation Environment (Windows PE) and Linux environments.
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The Dell RACADM (Remote Access Controller Admin) utility is a command line tool that allows for remote or local management of Dell Servers via the iDRAC. RACADM provides similar functionality to the iDRAC Graphical User Interface (GUI). The Dell Chassis Management Controller (CMC) can also be managed remotely with RACADM.
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Dell System Update is an application designed to facilitate the application of updates on Dell EMC PowerEdge systems. DSU is a lightweight utility that provides an enhanced scripted update process for Dell EMC’s Linux customers. DSU includes an Inventory Collector that will inventory the target system, compare the results against a Repository or Catalog and only deploy the updates that are required. DSU also provides advanced scripting capabilities to customize the updates that are deployed. DSU can be pointed at the Dell Linux Repository for gathering the updates to deploy or at a custom catalog built with Dell Repository Manager for those customers that want to have a tightly controlled baseline of Firmware levels for their systems.
DSU introduced the ability to build a Bootable DSU that provides the advantages of the advanced scripting capability along with an innovative approach to gathering the updates for deployment. Bootable DSU can be built as a self-contained Bootable ISO that includes a Linux Kernel, DSU, Inventory Collector and the physical update files. But an innovative approach is also available that allows the creation of a Bootable DSU that points to a remote location for the update files. The advantage of this unique approach is that the Bootable DSU portion only needs to be built once, and when you want to change the updates to apply you just change the contents of the remote location.
The following are key advantages for Dell System Update
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Dell Remote Access Configuration Tool (DRACT) discovers and configures Remote Access Controllers (RACs) for systems on your network from a single console. You can use this tool to perform the following:
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