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OpenManage Essentials

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Systems Management
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OpenManage Essentials

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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 2.0 and it launched on September 8, 2014.  It brings a lot of great new features to the product.

OpenManage Essentials is an easy to install, intuitive and simple to use, systems management console solution optimized for monitoring and managing Dell enterprise and remote office/business office-class hardware.  New features available with OpenManage Essentials v2.0 include 13th generation server support, enhancements in server discovery and agent-free update operations for legacy PowerEdge servers, and for 12G/13G servers, processes that enable automated bare-metal server and OS deployments and rapid detection of server configuration drift in production environments.     

 

Key benefits of Dell OpenManage Essentials v2.0: 

  • Comprehensive monitoring and control of Dell servers, storage, networking, business client hardware, firewall appliances, and supported 3rd party hardware, through a single systems management console 
  • Automation of basic management tasks that deliver increased productivity, fewer errors, continuity in processes, consistency in configurations, and operational cost savings     
  • Automated, agent-free implementations that enable uniform discovery, inventory, monitoring and update operations for Dell PowerEdge servers in physical  and virtual, multi-vendor operating system and hypervisor environments
  • Faster time from inactivity to productivity and value with automated PowerEdge bare-metal server and OS deployments (more details at this link)
  • Improved availability through rapid detection and resolution of issues related to server configuration drift from customer-defined baselines   

 

Key new features available with Dell OpenManage Essentials v2.0: 

  • Support for the new 13th generation PowerEdge servers
  • Guided discovery wizard that simplifies and speeds server discovery and setup operations
  • Deployment and update of iDRAC Service Modules (ISM)
  • Removal of OpenManage Server Administrator (OMSA) dependencies when updating pre-11th generation PowerEdge servers and windows drivers
  • Enhanced scalability to support 4,000 devices and 40,000 alerts in the console
  • Launch the virtual console of an IDRAC configured for Single Sign-On (SSO)
  • Additional inventory and reporting data
  • Displayof Warranty pop-up notification for devices
  • Deploy 64-bit Dell Update Packages (DUPs)
  • Server Configuration Management - available as a fee-based license for use with 12G/13G iDRAC Enterprise or iDRAC Express 
  • Template-based server/chassis configuration and OS deployment for bare-metal 12G/13G PowerEdge servers
  • Automated detection and notification of PowerEdge server(s)/chassis’ drift from a customer-defined  baseline configuration during server operation
  • Boot a system from a network-mounted ISO using iDRAC
  • Licenses are available at server point of sale (POS) as well as after point of sale (APOS)   
  • Feature/functionality is activated by entering the Server Configuration Management license key on iDRAC Enterprise or iDRAC Express

Existing OpenManage Essentials features also available now in OME v2.0:

  • Anytime, anywhere mobile access to data center health status information with OpenManage Mobile
  • 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 systems’ physical locations geographically mapped
  • Agent-free OOB inventory and update of Dell 11G and 12G PowerEdge servers
  • Agent-free monitoring of Dell PowerEdge 12G servers
  • Traditional agent-based systems management functionality in all supported 9-12G servers
  • Management of Dell PowerEdge C platforms with IPMI
  • 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 Dell 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 Servers, storage and networking switches.
  •  Update & Configure Dell Servers
  •  Asset reporting (ServiceTag, FRU and Warranty, etc)

Agent-free Management

  •  Discover and Correlate IDRAC / Server and Blades / Chassis
  •  Agent Free Monitoring on Dell 12th generation Dell servers.
  •  Update 11th and 12th Generation Dell PowerEdge servers (starting with OME v1.1)

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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OME 2.0.1 Coming in December.  Watch this space.

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Whitepapers and Best Practices

 
Setup / Settings
Discover
 
Configure
Monitor
Manage
Deploy / Update
Videos 
 
OME 2.0 Server Configuration Tutorial Videos
 

Video 1: Adding Devices to the Bare Metal and Re-purpose Device Group

 

 

Video 2: Configuring Credentials and Scheduling Inventory

 

 

Video 3: Configuring a Deployment Share

 

 

Video 4: Creating a Configuration Template

 

 

Video 5: Deploying a Bare Metal Device

 

 

Video 6: Detecting Configuration Drift

 

 

Video 7: Auto Deploying Bare Metal Devices


 
General OME Tutorial Videos
 
OpenManage Essentials 1.2 New Features 
OpenManage Essentials 1.2 Search Bar
 

 
 
OpenManage Essentials Overview Demo 
0:08 - Installing OpenManage Essentals 
0:56 - Discovery and Inventory
2:03 - Monitoring Health of Devices
2:43 - Using the Home Portal
5:58 - Deploying Updates
7:03 - KACE Integration + MonitoringOpenManage
 OpenManage Essentials and Repository Manager Integration
 Enable SNMP on OpenManage Server Administrator for ESXi4
 Enable SNMP on OpenManage Server Administrator for Windows
 Enable SNMP on OpenManage Server Administrator for Linux (RHEL)
 Dell OpenManage Essentials with KACE Integration 
 OpenManage Essentials Custom Alerts
 OpenManage Essentials Apply System Updates
 Installing Dell OpenManage Essentials
 OpenManage Essentials Discovery and Inventory
 Dell OpenManage Essentials Discovery
 

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Comments
  • I just purchased a Poweredge T710 expressly to run Ubuntu 10.04 LTS, and I was very pleased to see that OpenManage runs very nicely there!  Thanks for the Ubuntu support!  (I would have placed this on one of the Ubuntu/OM blogs, but no option to leave comments).

  • The links for the download (not using Download Manager) are still not working after a week.

    downloads.dell.com/.../openmanage_essentials_a00_v1_0EVAL.exe

    Returns a file not found error.

  • Does this product even work?  Sorry but based on my previous experience with Compaq Insight Manager, These Dell tools just are not cutting it.  I am close to throwing it all out and doing all updates manually.  I came to these forums looking for answers and I see problems problems problems.  Please tell me is this really working for anyone?  Does it really do anything? Or do most of you share my sentiments?  Quite disappointing.

  • OME users, PLEASE READ.

    We have a dedicated OME discussion forum.  So please use this forum to post any questions or comments you may have regarding OME.  Since we don't watch this particular space for comments, they may not get noticed immediately.  If we see any posts in this space, we will move them to the forum to ensure they are seen by the OME team.

    Thanks.

    OME discussion forum:

    en.community.dell.com/.../4494.aspx

  • I am trying to discover and inventory a Dell KVM 2161AD switch.  It comes in as unknown.  I have used the trouble shooting tool and it passes the SNMP test.  How do I fix this to get it to inventory and appear in the KVM list of devices?

  • Greetings,

    I would like to ask you if the DELL OME can report EOL of the servers like DELL PSM does. Is there any chance to add this "important" information when the server will be discovered?

    Thanks in advance for any feedback.

  • Please note that, the OME server snmp trap listening port should be 162. We can see this from OME related deployment docs.

    In the demonstration video "Enable SNMP on OpenManage Server Administrator for ESXi4", Peter used 161 as the destination port, but that is incorrect. The cmd line should be:

    "vicfg-snmp.pl --server 10.94.168.232 --username root -t 10.94.173.72@162/public

  • I have two Dell PowerEdge 1950 III that have VMWare esxi installed on them. Is it still possible to use this to manage?

  • Since vCenter is effectively the vCenter appliance now (and Windows version suppot is being depreciated in the next version), shouldn't the move be made to support this via its own appliance or integrate into vCenter Web?

  • Hello.

  • I have a Dell power edge R710 server and i want to connect through TCP/IP to Dell TL2000 tape drive. I need user manual like how to adjust

  • and how to connect network and required Device list and software manual

  • Can u help me