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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 and Red Hat Linux as well as Novell SUSE Linux.

[11 March 2014] Latest release v7.4 is available now and it brings lots of new features to the product:

  • Installation: Support for the following operating systems.

    • Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter, Foundation, Essentials, and Standard editions
    • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP3 (64-bit)
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 (64-bit)
    • VMware ESXi 5.0 U3 and ESXi 5.1 U2
    • VMware vSphere 5.5
  • Web/UI Enhancements:

    • Select and Utilize system installed latest JRE 1.7 Updates with Server Administrator Web Server
  • Browser Support:

    • Google Chrome 27,28 and 30.
    • Safari 6.0
  • Network Interface Cards (NICs) Supports:

    • Mellanox ConnectX-3 Dual Port 40 GbE QSFP+ Network Adapter
    • Mellanox ConnectX-3 Dual Port 10 GbE DA/SFP+ Network Adapter
    • Mellanox ConnectX-3 Dual Port 10 GbE KR Blade Mezzanine Card
    • Emulex OCe14102-UX-D Dual Port 10Gb SFP+ CNA
    • Emulex OCm14102-U3-D Dual Port 10Gb KR Blade Mezz
    • Emulex OCm14102-U2-D Dual Port 10Gb KR Blade NDC
    • Emulex OCm14104-UX-D Quad Port 10Gb DA/SFP+ Rack NDC
  • Storage Management:

    • Added support for Dell PERC 9 controllers (H730P Adapter) with the following features

      • RAID 10 virtual disk with uneven span.
      • Advanced 4K sector hard disk drives.
      • T10 Protection Information (PI) for data integrity.
    • Added support for the following LSI Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) Host Bus Adapters (HBAs) on supported 12G systems:

      • LSI SAS 9207-8e
      • LSI SAS 9300-8e 
      • LSI SAS 9206-16e

  • Deprecated support for the following operating systems:
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP4
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP2
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 (64-bit)
    • VMware ESXi 5.1 U1 HDD and Flash
    • VMware ESXi 5.0 U2 HDD and Flash

Dell OpenManage

Dell OpenManage is a set of systems management applications built using industry standard protocols and specifications. Dell OpenManage is not a product within itself, but rather a brand name for the suite of products in the portfolio. Server Administrator (OMSA) is part of OpenManage family.

You can refer various system management manuals to learn more about the Dell products.

Manuals:

Dell OpenManage v7.4 Documentation

  • Documentation (Events,  Management Tools, Release Notes etc.)

 

For more details on previously released Server Administrator and other OpenManage products, refer the OpenManage manuals.

Server Administrator v7.4 Documentation

Refer all the below documents from the Server Administrator Manuals page.

  • Server Administrator Storage Management Guide
  • Server Administrator CIM Reference Guide.
  • Server Administrator SNMP Reference Guide.
  • Server Administrator CLI (Command Line Interface) Guide.
  • Server Administrator User's Guide
  • Server Administrator Readme
  • Server Administrator Release Notes
  • Server Administrator Installation Guide
  • Storage Management User's Guide

Download

OMSA v7.4 can be downloaded from the following links. Please refer Server Administrator Installation Guide and Support Matrix to install these packages on the supported operating system.

Windows:
Linux:
ESXi VIB:
To use the ESXi VIB with VMWare vSphere application, you can utilize the packages from Dell VMWare depot.
XenServer (Supplemental Pack):

Resources

Videos

 

Configuring RAID 5 Virtual Disk using Server Administrator 


OMSA Web Browser Installer


Install OMSA on Citrix XenServer


Linux SNMP Configuration + OMSA Installation for use with OpenManage Essentials

ESXi4 SNMP Configuration + OMSA Installation for use with OpenManage Essentials  
Windows 2008 SNMP Configuration + OMSA Installation for use with OpenManage Essential
Windows Granular Install (How to exclude various management interfaces SNMP, WMI, CLI, OS logging)
Starting with OMSA v7.2, during installation you can choose to exclude the management interfaces which you are not interested in. By default all these will be installed. Excluding any of the management interface has the impact on the way you can access the server details. 
Linux Granular Install (How to exclude various management interfaces SNMP, CLI, OS logging)
Starting with OMSA v7.2, during installation you can choose to exclude the management interfaces which you are not interested in. By default all these will be installed. Excluding any of the management interface has the impact on the way you can access the server details.

How to use Fluid Cache (v7.3 and Onwards)

Fluid Cache is a solution that creates a large-scale, low-latency cache by using PCIe-SSD. It also includes features to prevent data loss or corruption while using caching techniques to increase performance.

Virtual Disk Creation Wizard

You can create (any supported) RAID volumes in a more usable and effective approach. This video primarily showcase the user interactive pages of the same.