Installing Dell OpenManage Essentials
This technical white paper describes how to install OpenManage
Essentials.
OME Engineering Team
Installing Dell OpenManage Essentials
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Contents
Executive summary ................................................................................................... 5
What is OpenManage Essentials?.................................................................................... 5
Minimum installation requirements ................................................................................ 5
Installation procedures .............................................................................................. 7
Installation flowchart ............................................................................................... 7
Installing Dell OpenManage Essentials ............................................................................ 8
Critical prerequisites ............................................................................................. 10
Automatically installing all critical prerequisites ........................................................... 12
SQL Server instance selection .................................................................................. 12
Typical installation ................................................................................................. 13
Custom installation................................................................................................. 13
Remote database installation..................................................................................... 14
OpenManage Essentials supporting utilities ..................................................................... 16
Troubleshooting Tool .............................................................................................. 16
Dell OpenManage Essentials MIBImport Utility ................................................................. 16
Upgrade workflow flowchart....................................................................................... 17
Data Migration during Upgrade ................................................................................... 18
Uninstalling ........................................................................................................... 20
Repair (program maintenance) .................................................................................... 21
Learn more ........................................................................................................... 21
Conclusion ............................................................................................................ 21
Tables
Table 1.
Minimum recommended hardware .................................................................... 5
Table 2.
Minimum software and network requirements ...................................................... 6
Table 3.
Minimum login roles for Microsoft SQL Server ....................................................... 6
Table 4.
Login roles................................................................................................. 7
Table 5.
Local Database Instances Supported ................................................................. 12
Table 6.
Default port settings.................................................................................... 13
Table 7.
Migration on Local database .......................................................................... 18
Figures
Figure 1.
Fresh installation ......................................................................................... 8
Figure 2.
Dell OpenManage Install Available options dialog box. ............................................ 9
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Figure 3.
Dell OpenManage Essentials prerequisites. ......................................................... 10
Figure 4.
SQL Server Warning prerequisite ..................................................................... 11
Figure 5.
Port settings ............................................................................................. 13
Figure 6.
Database server window from the InstallShield Wizard. .......................................... 14
Figure 7.
Browsing a remote database. ......................................................................... 15
Figure 8.
Upgrade workflow....................................................................................... 17
Figure 9.
Ready to Install the Program screen. ................................................................ 19
Figure 10. Custom settings (only displayed during the upgrade process). .................................. 19
Figure 11. Uninstalling OpenManage Essentials. ................................................................ 20
Figure 12. Retain Database Option while Uninstalling ......................................................... 20
Figure 13. Program maintenance. ................................................................................. 21
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Executive summary
This document describes the Dell OpenManage Essentials (OME) installation prerequisites, installation flow
and steps, and information you can make use of during the OME installation or upgrade from previous
versions.
This document includes the following information:
•
Minimum hardware and software requirements
•
Single-click prerequisites installation
•
Remote database installation
•
Program maintenance
What is OpenManage Essentials?
Dell OpenManage Essentials is a lightweight, Web-based, one-to many systems management solution that
provides a comprehensive view of Dell systems, devices, and components in an enterprise network. To
know more refer: www.delltechcenter.com/ome
Minimum Installation Requirements
Installing OpenManage Essentials requires the minimum software, network, and system requirements
detailed in the tables below. You must have system administrator privileges to perform the installation.
Table 1.
Minimum recommended hardware
Minimum
recommended
hardware
Large deployments
Medium deployments Small deployments
Number of devices
Up to 2000
Up to 500
Up to 100
Type of system
RAM
Physical machines /
virtual
Machines
8 GB
Physical machines /
virtual
Machines
6 GB
Physical machines /
virtual
Machines
4 GB
Processors
8 cores total
4 cores total
2 cores total
Database
SQL standard
SQL Express
SQL Express
Database location
Remote
Local
Local
Hard drive
10 GB
6 GB
6 GB
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Table 2.
Minimum software and network requirements
Particulars
Operating systems
Minimum requirements
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 SP2 Standard and Enterprise Editions (x86
and x64)
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Standard and Enterprise Editions
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Standard and Datacenter Editions
Network
100 Mbps or higher
Web browser
Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, 9, and 10
Mozilla Firefox 11 and 12
Google Chrome 26 and 27
Standard\Enterprise Editions: Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and above
Express Editions: SQLEXPRESSOME instance with Microsoft SQL Server
2008 and above
Database
User interface
Microsoft Silverlight version 5.1.20125.0
Microsoft .NET Framework
4.5
Microsoft Visual C++ Runtime
Runtime 2010 version 10.0.40219
Note: If Windows is not having the above mentioned Service Packs installed, installation of Essentials in
any kind including Typical, Custom and upgrade from previous version will be blocked. You should adhere
to the above mentioned Service Packs of Windows for installing\upgrading Essentials.
Table 3.
Minimum login roles for Microsoft SQL Server
Use cases
Fresh OME installation: select the Typical installation option.
Fresh OME installation: select the Custom installation option.
An empty OpenManage Essentials database is already present
(locally or remotely) on the mentioned database server.
Fresh OME installation: select the Custom installation option, and
no OME database found.
Upgrading OME from v1.0.1 or v1.1 to v1.2 and an OpenManage
Essentials database is present (locally or remotely).
Minimum login roles for SQL
Server
sysadmin access on the installed
instance
db_owner access on the
OpenManage Essentials database.
dbcreator access on the server.
db_owner access on the
OpenManage Essentials database.
Note: If you select the Custom install option and do not enter any credentials (irrespective of whether
the Windows or SQL Authentication method is selected), then the installation is considered as a “Typical”
installation and “sysadmin” rights will be checked for the mentioned database server and database
instance.
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Table 4.
Login roles
Role
sysadmin
Why does OME require this role during installation?
During a Typical install, OME requires this role to create a new SQL Server Login
OMEService. This login is granted with dbcreator permission.
dbcreator
During a Custom install, OME requires this role to create the OMEssentials database on
the mentioned database server.
db_owner
OME requires this role when it detects an existing OMEssentials database as present on
the system. This role helps OME to create/update the OME database objects on this
existing database.
Installation Procedures
Use the following install procedures for installing OpenManage Essentials.
Installation Flowchart
The Figure 1 shows the brief OME installation steps with respect to a fresh installation.
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Figure 1.
Fresh installation
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1. Download the OpenManage Essentials package from https://delltechcenter.com/ome, and extract the
files to a local drive.
2. The self-extracting zip automatically launches the Autorun.exe window or you can manually launch
the Autorun.exe.
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Figure 2.
Dell OpenManage Install Available options dialog box.
3. Select Dell OpenManage Essentials, and then click Install. This launches the Dell OpenManage
Essentials Prerequisites screen.
Note:
•
When you select OME, the Dell Troubleshooting Tool and the Dell OME MIB Import Utility are installed
along with it.
•
If you directly launch the Setup.exe in the \windows\ManagementStation\ folder, then the Dell
Troubleshooting Tool and the Dell OME MIB Import Utility are not installed along with OME.
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Figure 3.
Dell OpenManage Essentials prerequisites.
Critical Prerequisites
If a component that is required for OpenManage Essentials installation is missing or if the version is
outdated, it displays as a critical prerequisite on the Dell OpenManage Essentials Prerequisites screen
(Figure 3). It means you cannot install OME unless all these requirements are met on the system.
The critical prerequisites are:
•
SNMP Service
•
IIS 7
•
Microsoft .NET 3.5 SP1
•
ASP.NET 4.5
•
Microsoft Silverlight 5.1
•
Microsoft Visual Studio® Runtime 10.0
•
IPMI Utility (BMU Tools) 4.6.0
•
DRAC Tools 7.3.0
•
PowerShell 2.0
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Note: If the SQL server is not present on the system where OME is being installed a warning message is
displayed, with a link to install SQLEXPRESS locally. If you ignore this warning message, then while
launching the Essentials installation you will be asked whether you want to install on local or remote
database. If you want to go with installing Essentials on a local database, then select “Yes”. On doing so,
SQLEXPRESS will be installed first with the SQLEXPRESSOME instance name. If you wish to install
Essentials on a remote database, please select “No”. On doing so, the installer will follow the Custom
installation path where you have to select a remote database for installing Essentials. Please refer the
following figure:
Figure 4.
SQL Server Warning prerequisite
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Automatically Installing All Critical Prerequisites
To automatically install all critical prerequisites, click Install All Critical Prerequisites button on the Dell
OpenManage Essentials Prerequisites screen. Depending on the system configuration, a reboot may be
required; however, the prerequisites installation resumes automatically after the system restarts. To
avoid issues with automatically resuming installation, make sure that User Access control is turned off.
Note: The installation may take up to 35 minutes to complete.
SQL Server requirements include:
•
Local Database:
To set up OpenManage Essentials on a local database, SQL Server 2008/2008 R2/2012 ENT/STD edition
or SQL Server 2008/2008 R2/2012 Express edition with SQLEXPRESSOME instance name must be installed
(even though it displays only as a warning prerequisite).
•
Remote Server:
If you have a database located on a remote server, SQL Server is not required on the local system.
•
Version:
If the local system has SQL Server 2005 installed, it is recommended to install SQL Server 2008 or SQL
Server 2012. OpenManage Essentials is not supported on SQL Server 2005.
Note: SQL Server 2012 RC/Evaluation versions are not supported.
SQL Server Instance Selection
Different instances of SQL Server will be selected by Essentials installation in different scenarios.
Automatic instance selection is different when Express or Standard/Enterprise editions of SQL Server are
installed on the local system. If Essentials is targeted to be configured on a remote database, you can
select any instance of SQL Server 2008/2008 R2/2012 Standard/Enterprise/Express editions. Please refer
the following table to know more about the instance selection logic of Essentials installer during “Typical”
install:
Table 5.
SQL Version
SQL Edition
None
None
2005
Standard/Enterprise
2005
Express
2008/R2
Standard/Enterprise
2008/R2
Express
2012
Standard/Enterprise
2012
Express
Local Database Instances Supported
Instance Name
Prerequisite Status
Prerequisite Message
Required Action
Warning
No SQL found
Click to install
Default
Warning
No supported SQL found
Click to install
Custom Name
Warning
No supported SQL found
Click to install
Default
Warning
No supported SQL found
Click to install
Custom Name
Warning
No supported SQL found
Click to install
Default/ Custom Name
None
None
None
SQLEXPRESSOME
None
None
None
Default/ Custom Name
Warning
No supported SQL found
Click to install
SQLEXPRESSOME
None
None
None
Default/ Custom Name
None
None
None
SQLEXPRESSOME
None
None
None
Default/ Custom Name
Warning
No supported SQL found
Click to install
SQLEXPRESSOME
None
None
None
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Typical Installation
A Typical installation installs OME with the default settings. Select Typical on the Setup Type screen, and
then click Install on the Ready to Install the Program screen.
In a Typical installation:
•
SQL Server Authentication is selected as the default authentication method.
•
The default SQL instance installed with SQL Server Standard/Enterprise edition is selected as the
database server.
•
The SQLEXPRESSOME instance will be selected if only Express edition of SQL Server is installed on the
system. No other instance names are supported with Express editions of SQL Server (version 2008 or
higher).
•
If there is no default SQL instance and multiple named instances of SQL installed with the SQL Server
Standard/Enterprise edition exist, the first-installed named instance will be selected as the database
server.
Custom Installation
Custom installation is recommended for remote database installation, or if you want to install OME
with Windows Authentication, or if you want to use a non-default location and port settings.
Figure 5.
Table 6.
Port settings
Default port settings
Port number Protocol
Direction Usage
1278
1279
Port type Maximum encryption
level
HTTP
TCP
None
Proprietary TCP
None
In/Out
In/Out
Web GUI
Scheduling tasks
2606
Proprietary TCP
None
In/Out
2607
HTTPS
128-bit SSL
In/Out
Network
Webi GUIi
TCP
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To set up OpenManage Essentials on a local database with multiple SQL Server instances, select
the server from the Database Server list (Figure 6).
Figure 6.
Database server window from the InstallShield Wizard.
Remote Database Installation
Configure OpenManage Essentials to use a SQL server instance on a remote system. Before
setting up the OpenManage Essentials database on the remote system, make sure the
following prerequisites are met:
•
The network communication between the OpenManage Essentials system and the remote database
system is functioning.
•
The SQL Server user has permission to backup, create, and configure databases.
•
If you want to use SQL Authentication mode for remote database installation, then ensure “SQL
Server and Windows Authentication Mode” is enabled on the remote SQL Server.
•
TCP/IP is enabled on the remote system to avoid database connection issues.
To set up the OME database on the remote system, click Browse on the Database Server screen and
select the remote system, or enter the hostname and database instance in the Database Server field
(see Figure 6).
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Perform the installation with one of the following authentication methods:
•
Windows Authentication
Windows login credentials are used to connect to the remote SQL Server. Use this authentication
method if the Windows login credentials of the remote system and OME installation system are
identical.
•
SQL Server Authentication
Use this authentication method if the Windows login credentials of the remote database system
and the OME installation system are different.
Note: After the OpenManage Essentials database is set up on the remote system, do not move the
database. Otherwise, OpenManage Essentials stops working.
Figure 7.
Browsing a remote database.
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OpenManage Essentials Supporting Utilities
This section discusses the OpenManage Essentials supporting utility tools.
Troubleshooting Tool
A troubleshooting tool is automatically installed with OpenManage Essentials. This tool is useful for
troubleshooting errors pertaining to supported device discovery and device connections.
If an older version of the Troubleshooting Tool exists on the system it gets upgraded as part of the OME
installation. For more information, refer: http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/systemsmanagement/w/wiki/4172.dell-troubleshooting-tool.aspx
Dell OpenManage Essentials MIB Import Utility
A MIB import utility is automatically installed with OpenManage Essentials. If you have non-Dell
hardware, use this tool to define new alerts to OME. This lets you monitor a wider range of hardware
and setup email and forwarding rules for these devices.
If an older version of MIB Import Utility exists on the system it gets upgraded as part of OME
installation. For more information, go to:
http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/systems-management/w/wiki/3570.openmanageessentials-mib-import-utility.aspx
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Upgrade Workflow Flowchart
The following figure displays the upgrade workflow.
Figure 8.
Upgrade workflow
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The OME upgrade retains the previous version data during upgrade process.
Note:
• You cannot upgrade directly from OME v1.0 (Beta Program) to OME v1.2. You must first upgrade to
v1.0.1 or v1.1 and then to v1.2.
•
OME 1.2 uses the new task manager port (Port: 3668) which is different from OME 1.0.1 (Port:
1279). The upgrade process handles this new port and there are no additional steps required.
During the upgrade, OME v1.2 uses the previously installed OME settings. These options (Custom Path,
Ports, database server settings, and so on) are not displayed during an upgrade. The installation
settings and configuration for v1.2 are visible in the Ready to install the Program screen.
Data Migration During Upgrade
During the upgrade, Essentials database migration may happen when SQL Server instance selected by
v1.2 is different from the one used by the previous version of Essentials. Database migration will never
happen during upgrade if the previous version of Essentials is installed on a remote database. Please
refer Table 7 for probable cases of migration during upgrade to v1.2.
Example: Assuming you have installed v1.0.1 or v1.1 on local SQL Server Express edition with instance
name SQLEXPRESS, then v1.2 will target SQLEXPRESSOME instance installed with SQL Server Express
edition version 2012 (installed as part of the prerequisite) for installing the database during upgrade.
Data from v1.0.1 or v1.1 will be copied to new database “OMEssentials” created on SQLEXPRESSOME
instance, which will be used by v1.2 hereon. The old “OMEssentials” database on SQLEXPRESS instance
will be kept as it is and will not be deleted.
Table 7.
Migration on Local database
SQL
Version
SQL
Edition
Instance used for
installing v1.0.1\v1.1
Prerequisite
Status
Prerequisite Message
2005
Standard/
Enterprise
Default
Critical
No supported SQL found
Data
Migration
Required?
Yes
Custom Name
Critical
No supported SQL found
Yes
2005
Express
Default
Critical
No supported SQL found
Yes
Custom Name
Critical
No supported SQL found
Yes
2008/R2
Standard/
Enterprise
Default/Custom Name
None
None
No
SQLEXPRESSOME
None
None
No
2008/R2
Express
Default/Custom Name
Critical
No supported SQL found
Yes
SQLEXPRESSOME
None
None
No
2012
Standard/
Enterprise
Default/Custom Name
None
None
No
SQLEXPRESSOME
None
None
No
2012
Express
Default/Custom Name
Critical
No supported SQL found
Yes
SQLEXPRESSOME
None
None
No
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Figure 9.
Ready to Install the Program screen.
You are prompted to change the ports (Figure 10) only if:
•
The default Package Server Port 1278 is already in use/blocked.
•
The default Task Manager Port 1279 is already in use/blocked.
Figure 10.
Custom settings (only displayed during the upgrade process).
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Uninstalling
Use this procedure to uninstall OpenManage Essentials:
1. Navigate to Control Panel → Programs → Programs and Features and select Dell OpenManage
Essentials.
2.
Click Uninstall.
Figure 11.
Uninstalling OpenManage Essentials.
Note: As Dell SupportAssist and Dell MIBImport Utility functionality are dependent upon OME,
uninstallation of OME checks their presence. You must first uninstall Dell SupportAssist and Dell MIB
Import Utility to uninstall OME.
Note: Uninstalling OpenManage Essentials does not remove the Troubleshooting Tool. It needs to be
uninstalled separately.
Note: OME uninstallation lets you retain the database (Figure 12). You can use the database again with
the same version or after upgrading to a future version of OpenManage Essentials.
Figure 12.
Retain Database Option while Uninstalling
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Repair (Program Maintenance)
You can repair OpenManage Essentials by going to the Program maintenance window. Do this if the
installation drive or folder is corrupted or if you have accidentally deleted the OME installed files. This
lets you recreate the database (fresh database) or use an existing one (if you already have the
database files).
Note: If the OME database is corrupted, it is recommended that you recreate the database during
repair or install a completely new OpenManage Essentials instance.
Figure 13.
Program maintenance.
Learn more
To know about OpenManage Essentials, refer www.delltechcenter.com/ome
Conclusion
OpenManage Essentials is an easy-to-install, one-to-many console that simplifies systems management
with features like single-click prerequisites installation. Additionally, it allows Remote Database
installation.
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