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OpenManage Essentials (OME) is a systems management console that provides simple, basic Dell hardware management and is available as a free download.

The latest release is OME 2.3 and it launched on June 28, 2017.  It brings a lot of great new features to the product.

Dell OpenManage Essentials (OME) version 2.3 is the latest release of our easy to install, intuitively simple to use, and customer-acclaimed, One-to-Many systems management console that is optimized to provide comprehensive lifecycle management of Dell PowerEdge modular, 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.   

Key NEW  features  available with OpenManage Essentials v2.3:

  • Support for simplified device configuration deployment and configuration compliance features by separating deployment templates and configuration baseline.
  • Enhancement in the chassis configuration baseline and deployment template with additional configuration settings for compliance, deployment, and export features.
  • Remediate configuration drift against the server and chassis baselines.
  • Backup and restore server profiles for existing operation without redeploying the servers.
  • Support for SNMPv3-based discovery and events.
  • Simplified modular infrastructure configuration management by combining chassis and IOA configurations.
  • Simplify template editing for boot configurations, network interface settings, and IOA VLAN attributes.
  • Enabling OpenManage Essentials to be used in data centers where ICMP ping is blocked.
  • Enabling the device type-based discovery in the guided wizard.
  • Enabling rediscovery of server or chassis by configuring the static IPv4 address during the configuration deployment task.
  • Support for the following devices:
    • Additional models of networking, storage, and Disk Backup devices:
      • Storage: Compellent SC7020 
      • Networking: S6010 - ON, S6100 - ON, S4048T – ON
      • Disk Backup: DR4300, DR4300e, DR6300
    • VxRail and XC series hyper-converged infrastructure

  • Enhancements:
    • Increase in the time interval of the Alert Ignore Action to receive ignore duplicate alerts to a maximum of 24 hours.
    • Ability to save the purged alerts after the maximum size of alerts log is reached.
    • More information in both inventory and hard drive information report to identify if a hard drive is self-encryption capable or Self-Encrypting Drive (SED).
    • Enabling support of Programmable MUX (PMUX) mode for VLAN configuration and VLAN deployment features on IOAs.
    • Capability to export the discovery ranges.
    • Ability to view the virtual I/O pool size of the I/O identity types during the creation of a virtual I/O pool.
    • New capabilities and enhancements in the REST interface. 
    • 45% increase in control and scalability across managed devices -  from 5500 to 8000

Existing OpenManage Essentials features also available now in OME v2.3:

  • Stateless computing with centralized management of server virtual I/O addresses within OME - Server Configuration Management
    • Simplify server provisioning through profile-based deployments
    • Enable elasticity of compute resources through definition of a stateless computing pool in a Boot-from-SAN environment
    • Enable simplified server migration for disaster recovery operations
  • Interconnects Management for PowerEdge Modular Infrastructure within OME – Server Configuration Management
    • Simplify M series blade I/O Aggregator and FN IO Module provisioning through template-based deployments
    • Simplified I/O connection and vLAN management for PowerEdge modular infrastructure through an easy tabular interface. It provides direct mapping between blade NIC ports and IOA/IOM server facing ports.  vLAN on the IOA/IOM server facing ports can be directly managed.
    • Automate vLAN provisioning as part of blade provisioning by extending server template to include definitions for vLANs on the corresponding IOA/IOM server facing ports.
  • Simplified discovery for Dell PowerEdge modular infrastructure (M1000e, FX2 and VRTX)
    • Elimination of multiple steps in establishing discovery ranges for various components (CMC, iDRACs, and IOAs)
    • Automated speedy discovery of Dell modular infrastructure through use of a single CMC credential 
  • Report enhancements include the availability of additional reports and categorizations
  • Alert enhancements provide root-cause sources and recommendations on how to resolve issues
  • Integration with Dell ProSupport SupportAssist for proactive remote support, automated support case creation and hardware failure notification sent securely to Dell technical support for intelligent issue analysis, diagnosis, and part-replacements upon customer request
  • Comprehensive, deep management visibility and control for Dell blades and Chassis Management Controller (CMC), Dell storage and networking devices, and Dell AppAssure through a context sensitive link and launch of the respective element management interface
  • Geographic View at-a-glance visibility of VRTX and FX2 systems’ physical locations geographically mapped
  • Agent-free OOB inventory and update of 11th, 12th ,13th and 14th generation PowerEdge servers
  • Agent-free monitoring of 12th ,13th and 14th generation PowerEdge servers
  • Traditional agent-based systems management functionality in all supported 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th generation PowerEdge servers
  • Monitoring of non-Dell HW devices through import of 3rd party HW SNMP MIBs
  • Reporting of Warranty expiration and comprehensive inventory reports
  • Hardware component-level monitoring and updates for PowerEdge servers, blade systems and internal storage arrays
  • Support and control of Dell hardware in Windows, Linux, VMware, Hyper-V and OpenSource  environments
  • Enhanced management functionality through integration with the following Dell solutions:
    • Dell KACE K1000 Appliance – comprehensive, economical and straightforward management of both clients and servers through a single interface
    • Dell Repository Manager – version control and scheduling of PowerEdge server updates 
    • Dell OpenManage Power Center – optimization of  PowerEdge power usage

 

Dell OpenManage Essentials Core Features:

Simple and effective

  • Modern UI and Faster responsiveness
  • Easy to install & low touch maintenance
  • Simple to use and learn

Basic Hardware Element Management

  • Discover, Inventory & Monitoring Dell EMC Servers, storage and networking switches.
  • Update Dell EMC Servers and Chassis.
  • Configure Dell EMC Servers, Chassis and IOA/IOM
  • Asset reporting (ServiceTag, FRU and Warranty, etc)

Agent-free Management

  • Discover and Correlate IDRAC / Server and Blades / Chassis
  • Agent Free Monitoring on 12th, and 13th generation PowerEdge servers.
  • Update 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th generation PowerEdge servers

OpenManage Essentials is available as a free download from the Dell Support Site. The OME console's inventory function integrates with the Dell Repository Manager to automatically facilitate the creation of custom repositories of new updates for your systems.  

If you are new to the product, Take the Quick Tour or watch the OME Overview Video below:

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License Info:

Licensing OpenManage Essentials “Server Configuration Management”:  OpenManage Essentials (OME) is available as a free software download.  The download of OpenManage Essentials software also includes the opportunity to download and activate Dell SupportAssist services. In addition, Dell offers fee-based “Server Configuration Management” licenses that enable template–based deployment and configuration of bare-metal PowerEdge servers, detection of server configuration drift, virtual IO management. and state-less computing, among several additional management capabilities.  “Server Configuration Management” licenses are available at both POS (Point-Of-Sale) with a server purchase and APOS (After-Point-Of-Sale) for 12th and 13th generation PowerEdge servers.  License SKUS for OpenManage Essentials “Server Configuration Management” are as follows:   

  • POS:      634-BBWU (12th and 13th generation PowerEdge servers)
  • APOS:    634-BBWT (12th and 13th generation PowerEdge servers)
  • POS:      528-BBSC (14th generation PowerEdge servers)
  • APOS:    528-BBSB (14th generation PowerEdge servers)

For additional information, please contact a Dell Sales Representative. 

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