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Dell OpenManage Storage Services (OMSS), also known as Dell OpenManage Server Administrator Storage Management is designed for system administrators who implement hardware RAID solutions and understand corporate and small business storage environments. OMSS allows you to configure the storage components attached to your system. These components include RAID and non-RAID controllers and the channels, ports, enclosures, and disks attached to them.
Using OMSS, you can configure and manage controller functions without accessingthe BIOS. These functions include configuring virtual disks and applying RAID levels and hot spares for data protection. You can initiate many other controller functions like rebuilds, troubleshooting, setting thresholds, and so on. Most functions can be configured and managed while the system remainsonline and continues to process requests.
OpenManage-related Documentation (all versions)
Dell OpenManage version 8.3 Documentation
Dell OpenManage version 8.2 Documentation
Dell OpenManage version 8.1.1 & version 8.1 Documentation
OpenManage Server Administrator-specific Documentation (all versions)
Server Administrator version 8.3 Documentation
You can refer to all the following and more documents from the Server Administrator Manuals page.
Server Administrator version 8.2 Documentation
Server Administrator version 8.1.1 & version 8.1 Documentation
OMSA version 8.3 Download
OMSA version 8.3 can be downloaded from the following links. Refer to the Server Administrator Installation Guide and OpenManage Support Matrix to install these packages on the supported operating system.
ESXi OMSA VIB:
To use the ESXi VIB with VMWare vSphere application, you can use the packages from Dell VMWare depot.
OMSA version 8.2 Download
OMSA version 8.2 can be downloaded from the following links. Please refer Server Administrator Installation Guide and OpenManage Support Matrix to install these packages on the supported operating system.
VMware vSphere (ESXi) VIB:
To use the ESXi VIB with VMWare vSphere application, you can utilize the packages from Dell VMWare depot.
OMSA version 8.1.1 Download
OMSA version 8.1.1 can be downloaded from the following links. Please refer Server Administrator Installation Guide and OpenManage Support Matrix to install these packages on the supported operating system.
Citrix XenServer (Supplemental Pack):
OMSA version 8.1 Download
OMSA version 8.1 can be downloaded from the following links. Please refer Server Administrator Installation Guide and OpenManage Support Matrix to install these packages on the supported operating system.
This video demonstrates how to view the Slot Occupancy Report for PowerEdge servers that have flexible backplane zoning enabled. This feature is supported on PowerEdge R630 and R730 xd with PERC H730 or PERC730P storage controllers.
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This video demonstrates how to change the Disk Cache Policy for RAID physical disks connected to a Software RAID S130 controller. We will also demonstrate the status of the virtual disk if the Disk Cache Policy for all the RAID physical disks are not uniform. The Disk Cache Policy feature is supported on RAID SATA physical disks (HDDs) connected to Software RAID S130 controller.
This video demonstrates how to set the Disk Cache Policy for Non-RAID physical disks that are connected to a PERC 9 storage controller in OpenManage Storage Services.
In this video, we demonstrate how to use the Auto Configure RAID 0 feature in OpenManage Storage Services, to configure all physical disks in the Ready state, into RAID 0 virtual disks.
OpenManage Storage Services can be used to expand the capacity of a virtual disk in two methods:
In this video, we demonstrate how to expand the capacity of a RAID 10 virtual disk in OpenManage Storage Services, by allocating the available disk space of the physical disks in a RAID 10 virtual disk.
In this video, we demonstrate how to expand the capacity of a RAID 10 virtual disk in OpenManage Storage Services, by adding physical disks into the original or existing RAID 10 virtual disk.
The Remaining Rated Write Endurance Threshold feature is supported on PCIe and SAS/SATA SSDs. The Remaining Rated Write Endurance Threshold feature provides added feature functionality in managing the threshold level for PCIe SSDs, or SAS/SATA SSDs, or both based on your system configuration.
In this video, we demonstrate how to set the Remaining Rated Write Endurance Threshold for PCIe SSDs and SAS/SATA SSDs from the Storage Dashboard as well as from the Information/Configuration subtab.
The following video explains the methods of OpenManage Storage Services (OMSS) aided Virtual Disk creation via Express and Advanced Wizard on Dell PowerEdge™ systems.
Enhancements in Virtual Disk Creation Wizard feature from OpenManage Storage Services (OMSS) are available from OpenManage version 7.2 onwards.
This feature provides an improved algorithm that allows you to create RAID volumes in a more usable and effective approach. The feature has been developed keeping legacy compatibility in mind, therefore retaining all other feature and support which were available in the previous versions.
As a new feature of OM 7.2 – OMSS – Virtual Disk Creation Wizard, an improved algorithm that allows customers to create (any supported) RAID volumes in a more usable and effective approach is implemented. This video primarily showcase the user interactive pages of the same.
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The following video explains how to Configure RAID 5 using Server Administrator on Citrix XenServer 6.2.
RAID is a way to virtualize multiple, independent hard-disk drives into one or more arrays to improve performance, capacity, and reliability (availability).
RAID Level 5 (Striping With Distributed Parity) - RAID 5 provides data redundancy by using data striping in combination with parity information. Rather than dedicating a physical disk to parity, the parity information is striped across all physical disk drives in the disk group.
Using OpenManage Server Administrator (OMSA), you can configure or reconfigure RAID from within the operating system. There is no need to restart the server to access the controller BIOS.
download link is broken and i cant find OMSS on any dell download page
@interrobangd: Any specific version of OMSS you are looking for? I have updated the OMSS page with new download links.