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OpenManage Essentials

Systems Management

Systems Management
Dell Systems Management Solutions: Dell OpenManage, iDRAC, Repository Manager, Microsoft SCCM, Chassis Managment Controller, and more

Systems Management - Wiki

OpenManage Essentials

Systems Management - Wiki

Contents: Download - Documentation - Whitepapers - Videos - Forum - Blogs - FAQ 

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 1.3 and it launched on March 5th, 2014.  It brings a lot of great new features to the product:

  • Support for OpenManage Mobile — An Android application that allows you to remotely connect to one or more OpenManage Essentials consoles and iDRACs.
  • Addition of Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 as a supported operating system for the management station.
  • Addition of a device group for Dell NAS appliances in the device tree.
  • Availability of Representational State Transfer (REST) interfaces that allow applications to retrieve device groups and device inventory information, alert information, and perform basic tasks.
  • Ability to display alert pop-up notifications on the OpenManage Essentials console.
  • Support for Dell SonicWALL firewall devices.
  • Support for Dell PowerConnect W-Series devices.
  • Support for Dell PowerEdge VRTX chassis with high availability (HA) support.
  • Support for Brocade Fibre Channel switches.
  • Support for Dell OEM servers.
  • Classification of Dell PowerVault MD NX3500 and Dell EqualLogic FS7500 NAS devices with Fluid File System (FluidFS) agent under Storage Devices → Dell NAS Appliances in the device tree.
  • Enhanced error messaging for system update tasks.
  • Enhanced inventory information for Dell Compellent devices.
  • Support for the installation of OpenManage Essentials in 64-bit operating systems only.
  • Updated Dell SupportAssist extension for proactive “phone home” hardware issue resolution
  • Multiple defect fixes and performance improvements.


Click here for OME improvements over ITA 8.9.

Dell OpenManage Essentials 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:




Whitepapers and Best Practices

Setup / Settings
Deploy / Update
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

Archives / Historical downloads

  • 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.

    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.


    OME discussion forum:

  • 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:

    " --server --username root -t

  • 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?