Dell OpenManage Systems Management Overview Guide Version 8.0

Dell OpenManage Systems Management Overview Guide Version 8.0
Dell OpenManage Systems Management
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Contents
1 Dell Systems Management ................................................................................. 5
Dell Systems Management Offerings................................................................................................... 6
Dell Hardware Management Tools................................................................................................. 6
Dell Consoles...................................................................................................................................6
Dell Services.....................................................................................................................................6
Dell Tools and Utilities..................................................................................................................... 7
Integration With Third Party Consoles............................................................................................7
Connections For Third Party Consoles...........................................................................................7
Dell TechCenter...............................................................................................................................7
Other Documents You May Need.................................................................................................. 8
Contacting Dell................................................................................................................................8
Accessing documents from Dell support site................................................................................ 8
2 Systems Management Product Overviews.................................................... 10
Dell Hardware Management Tools.....................................................................................................10
Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller With Lifecycle Controller........................................ 10
Dell Chassis Management Controller for Servers......................................................................... 11
Dell OpenManage Server Administrator....................................................................................... 12
iDRAC Service Module...................................................................................................................12
Baseboard Management Controller Management Utilities .........................................................13
OpenManage Client Instrumentation........................................................................................... 13
Dell Consoles.......................................................................................................................................13
Dell OpenManage Essentials.........................................................................................................14
Dell OpenManage Mobile..............................................................................................................14
Dell Remote Access Configuration Tool...................................................................................... 15
Dell OpenManage Power Center.................................................................................................. 15
Dell Active System Manager .........................................................................................................16
Dell Tools And Utilities........................................................................................................................ 16
Dell Repository Manager............................................................................................................... 17
Dell Update Packages....................................................................................................................18
Dell OpenManage Server Update Utility....................................................................................... 18
Dell OpenManage Linux Repository ............................................................................................ 19
Dell OpenManage Deployment Toolkit........................................................................................19
Dell Remote Access Controller Administration (RACADM) CLI...................................................19
Web Services API Tools and Data Model Profiles.........................................................................19
Dell IPMITool................................................................................................................................. 20
OpenManage Server Administrator Command Line Interface....................................................20
Integration With Third-Party Consoles.............................................................................................. 20
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Dell Server Management Pack Suite for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager..........20
Dell Lifecycle Controller Integration for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager..... 21
Dell Server Deployment Pack for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager................ 21
Dell Lifecycle Controller Integration for System Center Virtual Machine Manager .................. 22
Dell Server PRO Management Pack for Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager....23
Dell OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter.................................................................... 23
BMC Software................................................................................................................................24
Connections For Third Party Consoles.............................................................................................. 24
Dell OpenManage Connection for Computer Associates Network and Systems
Management................................................................................................................................. 24
Dell Smart Plug-in for HP Operations Manager for Windows.....................................................25
Dell OpenManage Connection for IBM Tivoli Netcool OMNIbus...............................................25
Dell OpenManage Connection for IBM Tivoli Enterprise Console .............................................25
Dell OpenManage Connection for IBM Tivoli Network Manager IP Edition.............................. 26
Dell OpenManage Plug-in for Oracle Enterprise Manager......................................................... 26
Dell OpenManage Plug-in for Nagios Core................................................................................. 27
Dell OpenManage Wizard for Nagios XI (Beta).............................................................................27
CA Spectrum and CA Unified Infrastructure Management (Native Integration)........................ 28
3 Dell Server Management Operations..............................................................29
Deploy.................................................................................................................................................. 31
Update................................................................................................................................................. 33
Monitor................................................................................................................................................ 35
Maintain............................................................................................................................................... 37
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Dell Systems Management
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Dell delivers management solutions that help IT Administrators effectively deploy, update, monitor, and
manage IT assets. Dell OpenManage solutions and tools allow customers to quickly respond to problems
by helping them to manage Dell servers effectively and efficiently; in physical, virtual, local, and remote
environments, operating in-band and out-of-band (agent-free). The OpenManage portfolio includes
innovative embedded management tools such as the integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC)
with Lifecycle Controller.
Dell has developed comprehensive systems management solutions based on open standards and has
integrated with management consoles that can perform advanced management of Dell hardware. Dell
has connected or integrated the advanced management capabilities of Dell hardware into offerings from
the industry’s top systems management vendors, thus making Dell platforms easy to deploy, update,
monitor, and manage IT environments.
If you have standardized on offerings from industry leaders such as BMC Software, Microsoft, VMware, or
other vendors, you can extend the existing systems management framework and the skills of the IT staff
to efficiently manage Dell servers, storage, business-client PCs, and networking equipments using Dell's
Systems Management tools, utilities, and consoles.
Dell's systems management solution consists of a set of software products that help you to discover,
monitor, manage, update, and deploy software or firmware on Dell servers. The products focus on:
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Reducing complexity and saving time
– Eliminating need for additional utilities
– Eliminating tasks that increase time
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Achieving efficiency and controlling costs
– Improving asset management
– Optimizing resource utilization
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Empowering productivity by connecting to major systems management consoles and protecting
investments
– Providing features in tools that customers choose, thus adapting to customers' mode of operation
– Automating to reduce downtime and human error
These software products are useful for administrators to control and manage Dell servers, storage,
network, and client devices from a single workstation.
This document provides a list of Dell Systems Management offerings using the Dell OpenManage Suite of
products and the Dell OpenManage Connections. The document provides overviews for different
products and a feature matrix that helps you choose the appropriate set of integrations and connections
to manage your Dell systems.
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Dell Systems Management Offerings
Dell’s suite of Systems Management offerings extend a wide variety of tools, products, and services. Dell’s
strategy is to leverage an existing systems management framework that you may be currently using.
However, if you do not have a framework, Dell provides in-house tools or tools from our partners. Dell
also offers professional services to install or train on any of the Dell products and tools along with other
services to manage your environment. All the solutions are centered around Dell’s PowerEdge server
hardware management featuring iDRAC with Lifecycle Controller. The following figure shows the Dell
systems management offerings.
Figure 1. Dell Systems Management Offerings
Dell Hardware Management Tools
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Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) with Lifecycle Controller (LC)
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Dell Chassis Management Controller (CMC) for blade servers
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Dell OpenManage Server Administrator (OMSA)
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iDRAC Service Module (iSM)
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Baseboard Management Controller Management Utilities
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OpenManage Client Instrumentation (OMCI)
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Dell OpenManage Mobile (OMM)
Dell Consoles
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Dell OpenManage Essentials (OME)
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Dell Remote Access Configuration Tool (DRACT)
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Dell OpenManage Power Center (OMPC)
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Dell Active System Manager (ASM)
Dell Services
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Managed Services
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Professional Services
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SaaS Management
Dell Tools and Utilities
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Update Utilities
– Dell Repository Manager (DRM)
– Dell Update Packages (DUP)
– Dell OpenManage Server Update Utility (SUU)
– Dell OpenManage Linux Repository
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Deployment Utilities
– Dell OpenManage Deployment Toolkit (DTK)
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Configuration Utilities and Interfaces
– Remote Access Controller Administration (RACADM) CLI
– Web Services API
– Dell IPMITool
– OpenManage Server Administrator CLI
Integration With Third Party Consoles
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Dell Server Deployment Pack for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager
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Dell Server PRO Management Pack for Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM)
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Dell Server Management Pack Suite for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager
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Dell Lifecycle Controller Integration for Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager
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Dell Lifecycle Controller Integration for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager
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Dell OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter
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BMC Software
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iDRAC with BMC Software BladeLogic Server Automation (BSA)
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OpenManage Server Administrator with BMC ProactiveNet Performance Management Suite.
Connections For Third Party Consoles
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Dell OpenManage Connection for Computer Associates Network and Systems Management (CA NSM)
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Dell Smart Plug-in (SPI) for HP Operations Manager for Windows
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Dell OpenManage Connection for IBM Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus
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Dell OpenManage Connection for IBM Tivoli Enterprise Console
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Dell OpenManage Connection for IBM Tivoli Network Manager (ITNM) IP Edition
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Dell OpenManage Plug-in for Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM)
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Dell OpenManage Plug-in for Nagios Core
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Dell OpenManage Wizard for Nagios XI (Beta)
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CA Spectrum and CA Unified Infrastructure Management (Native Integration)
Dell TechCenter
For additional information about white papers, videos, blogs, forums, technical material, tools, usage
examples, and other information, visit the OpenManage page at www.delltechcenter.com/OpenManage
or the following product pages on Dell TechCenter:
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For general information on Systems Management Products, see www.delltechcenter.com/systemsmanagement.
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For Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) page, see www.delltechcenter.com/idrac.
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For Dell Lifecycle Controller (LC) page, see www.delltechcenter.com/lc.
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For Dell OpenManage Essentials (OME) page, see www.delltechcenter.com/ome.
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For Dell OpenManage Mobile (OMM) page, see www.delltechcenter.com/omm.
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For Dell OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter (OMIVV), see www.delltechcenter.com/omivv.
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For Dell Repository Manager (DRM) page, see www.delltechcenter.com/repositorymanager.
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For Dell Chassis Management Controller (CMC) page, see www.delltechcenter.com/cmc.
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For Dell OpenManage Connections for Partner Consoles page, see http://en.community.dell.com/
techcenter/systems-management/w/wiki/4105.dell-openmanage-connections-for-partnerconsoles.
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For Dell OpenManage Power Center page, see http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/powercooling/w/wiki/3534.dell-openmanage-power-center.
Other Documents You May Need
You can access the user guides, release notes, installation guides, quick start guides, and so on for the
products mentioned in this guide using the following URLs:
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For Enterprise System Management documents — dell.com/openmanagemanuals
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For Remote Enterprise System Management documents — dell.com/esmmanuals
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For Serviceability Tools documents — dell.com/serviceabilitytools
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For Client System Management documents — dell.com/OMConnectionsClient
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For OpenManage Connections Enterprise systems management documents — dell.com/
OMConnectionsEnterpriseSystemsManagement
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For OpenManage Connections Client systems management documents — dell.com/
OMConnectionsClient
Contacting Dell
NOTE: If you do not have an active Internet connection, you can find contact information on your
purchase invoice, packing slip, bill, or Dell product catalog.
Dell provides several online and telephone-based support and service options. Availability varies by
country and product, and some services may not be available in your area. To contact Dell for sales,
technical support, or customer service issues:
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Go to dell.com/support.
2.
Select your support category.
3.
Verify your country or region in the Choose a Country/Region drop-down list at the bottom of the
page.
4.
Select the appropriate service or support link based on your need.
Accessing documents from Dell support site
You can access the required documents in one of the following ways:
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Using the following links:
– For all Enterprise Systems Management documents — Dell.com/SoftwareSecurityManuals
– For OpenManage documents — Dell.com/OpenManageManuals
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– For Remote Enterprise Systems Management documents — Dell.com/esmmanuals
– For OpenManage Connections Enterprise Systems Management documents — Dell.com/
OMConnectionsEnterpriseSystemsManagement
– For Serviceability Tools documents — Dell.com/ServiceabilityTools
– For OpenManage Connections Client Systems Management documents — Dell.com/
DellClientCommandSuiteManuals
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From the Dell Support site:
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Go to Dell.com/Support/Home.
b.
Under Select a product section, click Software & Security.
c.
In the Software & Security group box, click the required link from the following:
– Enterprise Systems Management
– Remote Enterprise Systems Management
– Serviceability Tools
– Dell Client Command Suite
– Connections Client Systems Management
d.
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To view a document, click the required product version.
Using search engines:
– Type the name and version of the document in the search box.
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Systems Management Product Overviews
This section provides product overviews for the Dell systems management suite of products.
Dell Hardware Management Tools
The following table lists the hardware management tools and the operating systems they are supported
on.
Table 1. Dell Hardware Management Tools
Product
Windows
Linux
ESXi
Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller with
Lifecycle Controller
Yes
Yes
Yes
Dell Chassis Management Controller for Servers
Yes
Yes
Yes
Dell OpenManage Server Administrator
Yes
Yes
Yes
iDRAC Service Module
Yes
Yes
Yes
Baseboard Management Controller Management
Utilities
Yes
Yes
No
Dell OpenManage Client Instrumentation
Yes
Yes
No
Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller With Lifecycle Controller
The Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) is designed to enhance the productivity of server
administrators and improve the overall availability of Dell servers. iDRAC achieves this by alerting
administrators about the server problems, enabling remote server management, and reducing the need
for an administrator to physically visit the server.
iDRAC with Lifecycle Controller allows administrators to deploy, update, monitor and manage Dell
servers from any location without the use of agents in a one-to-one or one-to-many method. This outof-band management allows the updates to be sent from Dell or appropriate third-party consoles directly
to iDRAC with Lifecycle Controller on a Dell PowerEdge server, regardless of the operating system that
may or may not be running.
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The Lifecycle Controller console provides local one-to-one deployment for operating system
installation, updates, configuration, and for performing diagnostics on single local servers. This
eliminates the need for multiple option ROMs for hardware configuration.
The Lifecycle Controller Remote Services further enables remote systems management in a one-tomany method. Remote Services are accessible over the network using the secure Web services
interface and can be programmatically utilized by applications and scripts. Remote services enable
management consoles to perform one-to-many bare-metal server provisioning. The combination of
the Auto-discovery feature to identify and authenticate the attached Dell system to the network and
integration with one‑to-many management consoles reduces the manual steps required for server
setup and management. The interface is aimed at simplifying many tasks, some of which include
remotely deploying an operating system, remote update and inventory, and remotely automating the
setup and configuration of new and already-deployed Dell systems. Developed on the industry
standard Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) platform and Web Services for Management
(WSMAN) web services interfaces, Lifecycle Controller provides an open environment for console
integration that also allows custom scripting for Lifecycle Controller.
iDRAC with Lifecycle Controller provides the following benefits:
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Increase Availability — Early notification of potential or actual failures can help prevent a server failure
or reduce recovery time in the case of a failure.
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Improve Productivity and Lower Total Cost of Ownership — Extending the reach of administrators to
larger numbers of distant servers can make IT staff more productive while reducing the operational
costs such as travel.
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Secured Connectivity — By providing secure access to remote servers, administrators can carry out
business-critical functions, while maintaining server and network security.
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Simplified Management through Automation - Lifecycle Controller provides local or remote
automation through the Lifecycle Controller GUI and Web Services API, reducing overall steps and
providing a repeatable process for systems management.
You can perform the following:
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The Dell servers (through iDRAC) can automatically check and update the latest firmware for various
components from a network repository or directly from dell.com based on a recurring schedule. You
can perform all the updates in a single reboot. It can establish firmware baselines for server groups.
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Automatically perform regular backups of the server configuration and firmware based on a recurring
schedule.
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Automatically configure components in a server or multiple servers using DHCP provisioning and XML
Server Configuration Profiles that iDRAC accesses from a network share.
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Automatically configure iDRAC to use the dedicated Network Interface Card (NIC) if a link is detected
on the iDRAC dedicated NIC.
iDRAC shares Lifecycle Controller features such as firmware update, backup and restore, lifecycle log,
and hardware inventory export. For complete information, see iDRAC7 User’s Guide, iDRAC8 User’s
Guide, Lifecycle Controller Graphical User Interface User’s Guide, and Lifecycle Controller Remote
Services Quick Start Guide.
Dell Chassis Management Controller for Servers
The Dell Chassis Management Controller is an embedded systems management hardware and software
solution for managing multiple servers, IO modules, and shared power or cooling using either the Web
interface or the command line interface. It provides a secure interface that enables an administrator to
inventory, perform configuration, and monitor tasks, remotely turn on or turn off servers, and enable
alerts for events on servers and components in the servers. The CMC leverages the iDRAC with Lifecycle
Controller technology to update BIOS or component firmware and configure BIOS settings in a one-tomany operation.
CMC is available for the following chassis:
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Dell PowerEdge M1000e — This chassis is Dell’s first blade server solution. It provides the
infrastructure (industry-leading power and cooling, networking, and blade manageability) for
companies who choose to deploy blade-based server solutions. A single Chassis Management
Controller interface with multi-chassis management capability can manage and see up to nine
chassis, 288 servers, 54 power supplies, and 81 fans with no additional cabling. The chassis has slots
for two, redundant CMC modules, so that administrators can connect to the chassis even if one
Chassis Management Controller module is not working.
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Dell PowerEdge VRTX — The chassis is a revolutionary, easy-to-manage, remote and office-optimized
platform that converge servers, storage and networking into a compact package. One of the key
features is that it provides shared storage across multiple server nodes and the on-board RAID
controller. It can hold up to four server nodes, up to 48 TB of integrated, shared storage, and network
switching. The Dell PowerEdge VRTX offers the ability to use PCIe slots that no other blade server
solution provides. By combining the density of blade servers with the flexibility of rack server I/O
options with PowerEdge VRTX, Dell gives you the flexibility to use less expensive PCIe cards while still
being managed through shared chassis management.
Dell PowerEdge FX2/FX2s — The FX2 enclosure allows servers and storage to share power, cooling,
management and networking. It includes redundant power supply units (either 1600W or 1100W) and
eight cooling fans. With a compact highly flexible design, the FX2 chassis lets you simply and
efficiently add resources to your infrastructure when and where you need them, so you can let
demand and budget determine your level of investment. The FX2 enclosure also offers I/O modules to
several I/O aggregators that can simplify cabling, improve East/West trafffic within the server, and
enable LAN/ SAN convergence — reducing cost and complexity.
For additional information on CMC, see www.dell.com/esmmanuals or www.delltechcenter.com/CMC.
Dell OpenManage Server Administrator
The Dell OpenManage Server Administrator provides a comprehensive one-to-one systems management
solution for both local and remote servers and their storage controllers and Direct Attached Storage
(DAS). Server Administrator helps to:
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Simplify single-server-monitoring with a secure command line or Web-based management.
View system configuration, health, and performance.
View information about systems that are operating normally, systems that are having problems, and
systems that require remote recovery operations.
Shut down and restart the server.
Perform functions for all the supported RAID and non-RAID controllers and enclosures from a single
GUI, without using the Option ROM utilities.
Send unique system identifiers such as system service tag, chassis service tag, and system FQDN and
Enhanced Error Message Initiative (EEMI) messages (Message ID) with the SNMP trap varbinds.
To enable storage management through Server Administrator, the storage management service must be
installed. This helps to:
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Configure a system's locally-attached RAID and non-RAID disk storage using enhanced features.
Configure data-redundancy, assign hot spares, import foreign disk configuration, or rebuild the failed
physical disks to protect data.
Generate Physical Disk firmware reports.
For complete information, see the Dell OpenManage Server Administrator User’s Guide and Dell
OpenManage Server Administrator Storage Management User’s Guide available at dell.com/
openmanagemanuals.
iDRAC Service Module
The iDRAC Service Module is a software application that is recommended to be installed on the server (it
is not installed by default). This module complements iDRAC with monitoring information from the
operating system. It does not have an interface but complements iDRAC by providing additional data to
work with iDRAC interfaces such as the Web interface, RACADM, and Web Services API. You can
configure the features monitored by the iDRAC Service Module to control the CPU and memory
consumed on the server’s operating system.
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The iDRAC Service Module provides the following monitoring features:
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Operating System information
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Replicate Lifecycle Controller logs to operating system logs
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Automatic system recovery options
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Populating Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) information
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Integration with Technical Support Report. This is applicable only if iDRAC Service Module Version 2.0
or later is installed.
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Integration with NVMe Management for Prepare to Remove operation on a NVMe class PCIe SSD.
For more information, see the iDRAC User’s Guide available at dell.com/esmmanuals.
Baseboard Management Controller Management Utilities
The Basic Management monitors the system for critical events by communicating with various sensors
on the system board and sends alerts and logs, events, when certain parameters exceed their preset
thresholds. The Baseboard Management Controller supports the industry-standard Intelligent Platform
Management Interface (IPMI) specification, enabling you to remotely configure, monitor, and recover
systems.
For complete information, see the Dell Baseboard Management Controller Management Utilities User’s
Guide available at dell.com/esmmanuals.
OpenManage Client Instrumentation
Client Instrumentation refers to software applications that enable remote management of a client system.
The Dell OpenManage Client Instrumentation (OMCI) software enables remote management application
programs to access the Dell Enterprise Client system information, monitor the status, or change the state
of the system such as remotely shutting down the system. OMCI uses key system parameters through
standard interfaces allowing administrators to manage inventory, monitor system health, and gather
information of deployed Dell Enterprise client systems. For more information on OMCI, see the
OpenManage Client Instrumentation User’s Guide available at dell.com/OMConnectionsClient.
Dell Consoles
The following table lists the consoles and the operating systems they are supported on.
Table 2. Dell Consoles
Product
Windows
Linux
Yes
-
Yes
Yes
Dell Remote Access Configuration Tool
Yes
-
Dell OpenManage Power Center
Yes
Yes
Dell OpenManage Essentials
• Management workstation
• Managed nodes
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Dell OpenManage Essentials
Dell OpenManage Essentials is the newest one-to-many management console for managing Dell
PowerEdge servers and direct- attached storage as it provides a simple and easy interface for system
administrators to maximize the uptime and health of Dell systems. It helps to:
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Monitor health status and events for Dell PowerEdge servers, Dell clients, Dell Power Distribution
Units (PDU), Dell Uninterruptible power supply (UPS), EqualLogic or MD series storage, and Dell
PowerConnect and Force 10 switches. It also includes status polling that detects change in health
status.
Provide hardware-level control and management for Dell PowerEdge server, blade system, and
internal storage arrays.
Allow hardware control of Windows, Linux, VMware, and HyperV environments.
Enable management and control of Dell Blade chassis, EqualLogic or MD series storage,
PowerConnect switch through context-sensitive link and launch of their respective element
management tools.
Schedule daily, weekly, or monthly tasks.
Integrate with the following Dell solutions:
– Dell Repository Manager — Builds customized server update baselines that OpenManage
Essentials can use.
– OpenManage Power Center — Optimize power consumption in the servers.
– Dell SupportAssist – Enables automatic hardware failure notification to be sent securely to Dell
technical support for intelligent analysis and diagnosis to optimize availability and reduce manual
intervention. This solution is available as part of Dell ProSupport and ProSupport Plus at no
additional cost.
Provide PowerShell–based CLI support to discover and group systems.
Provide REST interface API support for 3rd Party Integration.
Manage Server Configuration. Server Configuration Management is a fee-based license available on
Dell’s 12th and 13th generation of PowerEdge servers with iDRAC Enterprise or iDRAC Express
licences. The key features include the following:
– Configuring a server or chassis using a template and deploying an operating system on the 12th or
13th generation of Dell PowerEdge bare metal servers.
– Detecting and notifying automatically the PowerEdge server or chassis drift from a customerdefined baseline configuration during a server operation .
– Booting a system from a network mounted ISO using iDRAC.
– Accessing licenses at server point of sale (POS) or after point of sale (APOS).
NOTE: Feature or functionality is activated by entering the Server Configuration license key
on iDRAC Enterprise or iDRAC Express.
OpenManage Essentials is a Dell hardware element management solution that is optimized for managing
the Dell hardware infrastructure. It can be integrated to other point solutions to provide end-to-end IT
infrastructure management. Hereafter, OpenManage Essentials replaces the legacy Dell IT Assistant.
For complete information, see the Dell OpenManage Essentials User’s Guide available at dell.com/
openmanagemanuals.
Dell OpenManage Mobile
OpenManage Mobile is a software application that enables you to remotely and securely perform a
subset of datacenter monitoring and server remediation tasks from your Android and iOS handheld
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devices. OpenManage Mobile connects to your datacenter through the Dell OpenManage Essentials
management console. This allows you to monitor all systems managed by OpenManage Essentials such
as Dell servers, storage, networking, and Firewall appliances and any other supported third party
appliance from your android and iOS mobile devices.
OpenManage Mobile can also connect to a server directly through the iDRAC interface. Once connected,
a user can perform several basic management functions directly on the server.
Key Features of OpenManage Mobile:
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Connect to multiple OpenManage Essesntials installed servers from a single mobile device.
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Connect to multiple 12th and 13th generation servers individually through the iDRAC interface.
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Receive critical alert notification on your mobile device as they arrive into your OpenManage
Essentials management console.
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Acknowledge, forward, and delete alerts from your mobile device.
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Browse through device details, firmware inventory, and event logs of individual systems.
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Perform several server management functions such as power on, power cycle, reboot, and shutdown
from the mobile application.
Dell Remote Access Configuration Tool
Dell Remote Access Configuration Tool is a one-to-many application that discovers and configures
iDRACs from a single console. It helps to:
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Discover or import iDRAC IP addresses on the network.
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Update firmware for the selected iDRACs.
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Configure standard or extended schema-based Active Directory settings for selected iDRACs.
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Create iDRAC objects on the Active Directory server for extended schema-based Active Directory.
For complete information, see Dell Remote Access Configuration Tool User’s Guide available at dell.com/
esmmanuals.
Dell OpenManage Power Center
Dell OpenManage Power Center is a one-to-many application that can read power usage information
from Dell servers, Power Distribution Units (PDU), and Uninterruptible Power Supplies (UPS). It can
aggregate this information into rack, row, and room-level views. Additionally, for servers with the iDRAC
Enterprise version, you can cap or throttle the amount of power consumed. This is done in response to a
need to reduce consumption due to external events such as brownout and failure of data center cooling
devices. Capping can also be used to safely increase the number of servers in a rack to match the power
that has been provisioned to that rack.
You can do the following:
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Track power and thermal at rack, row, and room level.
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Rack-level power capping.
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Risk mitigation with predefined policies.
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REST API support for reports.
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Supports heterogeneous environment (discovers both dell and non-dell devices).
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Generate reports for stranded power for devices and device groups, inventory and monitoring.
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OMPC database backup can be scheduled and can be used as a restore point in case of a disk failure.
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Replicate the data center hierarchy on the iDRAC location based on OMPC physical location
modelling.
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View and analyze the subsystem power and Compute Usage for Second (CUPS) values.
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Analysis and server planning:
– Power history and evaluation for placement of new servers.
– Thermal history and analysis of cooling needs.
– Assist in planning capacity expansion and provide placement suggestions.
– Identify the underutilized servers in the data center based on power consumption pattern.
– Help to identify the potential cooling concerns in the data center.
For complete information, see Dell OpenManage Power Center User’s Guide available at dell.com/
openmanagemanuals .
Dell Active System Manager
The Active System Manager is a comprehensive infrastructure and workload automation solution for use
by IT administrators and teams. It simplifies and automates the management of heterogeneous
environments, enabling IT to respond more rapidly to dynamic business needs. The Active System
Manager features an enhanced user interface that provides an intuitive, end-to-end infrastructure and
workload automation experience through a unified console. The key features are:
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Template-based provisioning — Deploy services using end-to-end infrastructure and workload
configurations based on established best practices.
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Service mobility — Abstract infrastructure configuration and identity information within service
templates, enabling mobility of services across servers and other devices.
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Intuitive Design — Intuitive wizard-driven UI guides users through infrastructure and configuration and
management functions.
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Open, extensible architecture — Simplified integration of existing and future IT resources, both Dell
and Non-Dell.
•
Workflow Automation — Step-by-step definition and execution of across the lifecycle, from
provisioning to decommissioning.
•
Infrastructure lifecycle management — Management of the entire lifecycle of infrastructure, from
discovery and inventory through configuration and provisioning, and eventually on-going
management.
•
Integration with VMware and Microsoft virtualization platforms — Cluster-level and VM lifecycle
management for VMware vSphere and Microsoft Hyper-V platforms.
•
Resource pooling & dynamic allocation — Create and manage physical and virtual resource pools and
allocate to users and groups on demand.
For more information, see dell.com/asm.
Dell Tools And Utilities
The following table lists the tools and utilities and the operating systems they are supported on.
Table 3. Dell Tools And Utilities
Product
Windows
Linux
Dell Repository Manager
Yes
-
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Product
Windows
Linux
Dell Update Packages
Yes
Yes
Dell OpenManage Server Update Utility
Yes
Yes
Dell OpenManage Linux Repository
-
Yes
Dell OpenManage Deployment Toolkit
Yes
Yes
Dell Remote Controller Administration (RACADM) CLI
Yes
Yes
Dell IPMITool
Yes
Yes
Web Services API
Yes
Yes
Dell OpenManage Server Administrator CLI
Yes
Yes
NOTE: Dell Repository Manager can create Windows or Linux based update
tools and it can run on Windows Virtual Machines.
Dell Repository Manager
The Dell Repository Manager (DRM) is a standalone Windows-based application that helps simplify the
process of managing downloads and baseline component configurations, firmware, and driver updates.
Dell Repository Manager can compare differences between two repositories at the bundle and
component level. It allows you to create deployment tools using a custom repository. The tool can
create and manage repositories for servers, select PowerVault and EqualLogic storage, and Dell Optiplex/
Dell Latitude/Dell Precision Workstations.
•
DRM utilizes the catalogs located on the Dell FTP site, DRM also provides the capability to search for
recent files that are located on the Dell Support site. Additionally, using DRM you can schedule
searches for newer updates.
•
DRM provides advanced integration capabilities with iDRAC, Dell OpenManage Essentials, Dell
PowerEdge M1000e, VRTX, and FX2 chassis. Dell OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter allows
these programs to work with DRM to provide optimized repositories for accessing component
updates.
The Dell Repository Manager supports the following features:
•
User Query — Define filters for searching for the required updates.
•
Custom Baseline — Define custom baseline configurations.
•
Flexible Output — Get multiple output options to simplify BIOS and firmware updates, and driver
provisioning during operating system deployment and post Operating system updates.
•
Custom Repository — Define and manage a custom local repository that contains only the required
updates.
•
Search Latest Updates — Manually search the Dell support site for the latest updates or schedule
operating system task to search the Dell support site.
•
Manage a local repository — Compare a local repository with another repository (Dell online
repository), check the differences, and then update the local repository.
•
Jobs Queue services — Run time-consuming tasks at the background.
•
Centralized Data Management — For customized repositories.
•
Search Dell Support Site – Find updates that are newer than the versions available in the FTP Catalog.
•
Scheduled Repository Search for new updates – Set up a recurring search that discovers new updates
when they are released
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Dell Repository Manager can create the following deployment tools:
•
Custom Catalogs
•
Light weight deployment pack
•
Bootable Linux ISO
•
Custom Server Update Utility (SUU)
You can perform the following tasks using Dell Repository Manager:
•
Configure Settings
•
Create new Repositories
•
Manage Repositories
•
Create Deployment Tools
•
Automate discovery of New Updates
For complete information, see Dell Repository Manager User’s Guide available at dell.com/support/
manuals.
Dell Update Packages
The Dell Update Package is a self-contained executable in a standard package format that updates an
application or component firmware on a server.
DUPs are available for components such as system BIOS, Embedded Systems Management (ESM)
firmware, iDRAC firmware, network firmware and drivers, Remote Access Controller firmware, RAID
controller firmware and device drivers, NIC firmware, OpenManage application, and so on.
You can use DUPs to:
•
Apply an individual update to a system by using an interactive command line interface (CLI).
•
Install device drivers in interactive and non-interactive modes.
•
Execute multiple updates on the system by using a script comprised of non‑interactive commands
that you write using the CLI feature.
•
Leverage the scheduling of your operating system and software distribution utilities to apply updates
remotely to any number of systems.
You can apply the updates using the operating system, iDRAC Web interface, RACADM CLI, or Web
Services API interface.
For complete information, see Dell Update Package User’s Guide available at dell.com/
openmanagemanuals .
Dell OpenManage Server Update Utility
The Dell Server Update Utility (SUU) application identifies and applies updates to the system. Use this
utility to update managed systems or view the updates available for systems. The utility compares the
versions of components on the system with the available updates for those components. You can
download SUU from support.dell.com. Additionally, use Dell Repository Manager to create a customized
SUU that contains only the updates available for the systems that are managed.
For complete information, see Dell Server Update Utility User’s Guide available at dell.com/support/
manuals.
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Dell OpenManage Linux Repository
The Dell OpenManage Linux Repository (DLR) provides updates in RPM package Manager format, which
is commonly used by the opensource tools such as Yellodog Update Modified (YUM), Zypper, Red Hat
Satellite Network, and so on. Dell has enhanced the Dell Linux Repository with Dell System Update
(DSU). DSU is an improved version of DLR to distribute Dell updates for Linux systems. For more
information, see http://linux.dell.com/repo/hardware/.
Dell OpenManage Deployment Toolkit
The Dell OpenManage Deployment Toolkit includes a set of utilities for configuring and deploying Dell
PowerEdge systems. It is designed for customers who want to build scripted installations to deploy large
numbers of servers without making many changes to their current deployment process.
In addition to the command-line utilities used to configure various system features, the Deployment
Toolkit also provides sample scripts and configuration files to perform common deployment tasks. These
files and scripts describe the use of Deployment Toolkit in Microsoft Windows Pre-installation
Environment (Windows PE), and embedded Linux environments. It helps to:
• Provide the tools necessary to automate the pre-operating system configuration tasks and the
unattended operating system installation tasks when deploying PowerEdge systems.
• Scale to support one-to-many system deployment efforts.
• Facilitate consistent system configurations across multiple systems.
• Provide diverse and useful deployment tools that can be utilized in different ways.
• Manage RAID configuration.
For complete information, see the Dell Deployment Toolkit User’s Guide available at dell.com/support/
manuals.
Dell Remote Access Controller Administration (RACADM) CLI
The RACADM command-line utility provides a scriptable interface that allows you to locally or remotely
configure iDRAC, BIOS, NIC/CNA/FC-HBA, RAID, and non-RAID storage, perform FW update, get
inventory, and component status.. The RACADM utility runs on the management station and the
managed system.
You must install DRAC Tool to use RACADM. For complete information, see the RACADM Command Line
Reference Guide for iDRAC and CMC available at dell.com/support/manuals.
Web Services API Tools and Data Model Profiles
iDRAC with Lifecycle Controller technology provides a Web Services API by using the Web Services For
Management (WSMAN) management protocol. The API is organized into Dell Common Information
Model (DCIM) Profile specification that includes various system and component inventory, configuration,
update, and monitor functionality. For more information on the management capabilities provided by the
iDRAC, and also the CMC in M1000e and VRTX products, see delltechcenter.com/lc.
For more information on DCIM Profiles (API documentation) and Dell Whitepapers, see http://
en.community.dell.com/techcenter/systems-management/w/wiki/1906.dcim-library-profile.
Several python and shell or batch scripting infrastructures and examples are available to assist automating
system management tasks and simplify API integration. For more information on python, Powershell, and
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scripting tools available from Dell, see http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/systemsmanagement/w/wiki/1981.scripting-the-idrac-and-lifecycle-controller.
Dell IPMITool
The Dell IPMITool are scriptable-console-application programs used to control and manage remote
systems using the IPMI version 2.0 protocol.
For complete information, see the Dell Baseboard Management Controller Management Utilities User’s
Guide available at dell.com/esmmanuals.
OpenManage Server Administrator Command Line Interface
Dell OpenManage Server Administrator provides a comprehensive, one-to-one systems management
solution by using a command line interface (CLI). Server Administrator CLI has the following primary
commands:
•
omconfig — Allows you to configure the system's hardware and direct attached storage.
•
omhelp — Displays short text help for CLI commands.
•
omreport — Displays reports of the management information of a system.
For complete information, see OpenManage Server Administrator Command Line Interface User’s Guide
available at dell.com/support/manuals.
Integration With Third-Party Consoles
The Dell plug-ins are:
•
Dell Server Management Pack Suite for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager
•
Dell Lifecycle Controller Integration for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager
•
Dell Server Deployment Pack for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager
•
Dell Lifecycle Controller Integration for System Center Virtual Machine Manager
•
Dell Server PRO Management Pack for Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (Hyper-V)
•
Dell OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter
•
BMC Software
Dell Server Management Pack Suite for Microsoft System Center Operations
Manager
Dell Server Management Pack Suite for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager is a set of
management packs enabling the following functions through System Center Operations Manager:
•
In-band discovery and monitoring rack, towers, and blades
•
Out-of-band discovery of 12th and 13th generation PowerEdge servers
•
Discovery and detailed monitoring of Dell M1000e and VRTX chassis with support for chassis blade
correlation
•
Discovery and monitoring of DRACs
•
Monitoring power and NIC performance
•
Integration with the following Dell solutions:
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– OpenManage Power Center
– Dell License Manager
– Warranty
•
Link and launch one to one systems management interfaces from Operations Consoles for detailed
troubleshooting:
– OpenManage Server Administrator
– DRAC Console
– CMC Console
– Remote Desktop Console (for Windows)
•
Support for Dell Precision Rack Workstations
•
Performance monitoring of Power, NIC, CPU, I/O, Memory and CUPS system board metrics
•
Support for Host network interface monitoring through agent-free (using iDRAC Service Module)
For complete information, see Microsoft System Center Operations Manager Server Management Pack
User’s Guide available at dell.com/support/manuals.
Dell Lifecycle Controller Integration for Microsoft System Center
Configuration Manager
Dell Lifecycle Controller Integration (DLCI) for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager provides
agent-free, OS and hypervisor agnostic configuration and update of Dell 11th, 12th, and 13th generation
PowerEdge servers. Through automated processes, IT Administrators can reduce steps, time, and cost in
configuring servers from a bare-metal state and preparing remote 1-to-many operating system (OS)
deployment.
At a high level, the remote enablement capabilities are:
•
Auto-discovery
•
Hardware configuration
•
Firmware comparison and updates
•
Remote OS-deployment for individual or a collection of Dell systems
For complete information, see Dell Lifecycle Controller Integration for Microsoft System Center
Configuration Manager User’s Guide available at dell.com/support/manuals.
Dell Server Deployment Pack for Microsoft System Center Configuration
Manager
Dell Server Deployment Pack (DSDP) for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager automates
bare-metal configuration and deployment of a variety of Microsoft Windows operating system versions
(leveraging PxE-based OS deployment) and applications from a central location to PowerEdge servers
across enterprise networks.
You can perform the following tasks using the Dell Server Deployment Pack:
•
Configure the server's Dell Remote Access Controller (DRAC), integrated Dell Remote Access
Controller (iDRAC), RAID, and BIOS using INI files and Command Line Interface (CLI) options. You can
also configure RAID using the Array Builder Wizard.
•
Create a Dell-specific boot image that is used in the operating system deployment.
•
Import and apply driver installation packages for specific Dell servers.
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•
Consolidated launch points to various wizards, to perform a typical server deployment on site server
installation.
•
Enhanced support for up to sixteen global and dedicated RAID hot spares.
•
Support for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2012, 2012 SP1, 2007 R2, SP2, and R3
releases.
•
Support for importing of Dell Deployment ToolKit (DTK) using the PowerEdge Deployment ToolKit
Configuration Wizard. Make sure that you import DTK package only from the site server and not from
the admin console.
•
Support for importing Dell driver packages from the Configuration Manager Admin Console.
•
Support for deployment using x64 boot images (DTK with 64-bit support is required).
For more information, see Dell Server Deployment Pack for Microsoft System Center Configuration
Manager User's Guide available at dell.com/support/manuals.
Dell Lifecycle Controller Integration for System Center Virtual Machine
Manager
Dell Lifecycle Controller Integration (DLCI) for Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager helps to
automate and simplify hardware configuration, and deploy operating systems (OS) that are supported on
11th generation, 12th generation, and 13th generation of Dell PowerEdge servers.
The following are the advantages of using DLCI for SCVMM:
•
Reduces amount of time and effort required for one-to-many OS deployments.
•
Offers agent-free and out-of-band hardware configuration, patching and deployment through the
System Center 2012 SP1/R2 Virtual Machine Manager console, by using Dell’s embedded server
management technology, integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) with Lifecycle Controller
(LC).
By using DLCI for SCVMM, you can do the following:
•
Installing the product without configuring DCLM (Dell Connections License Manager) for license key
enforcement. Customers should purchase the licenses as proof of compliance.
•
Using the Update Centre for a simplified, and enhanced user experience to achieve multistep work
flow in a single window.
•
Automatic grouping of rack and modular servers into virtual groups based on cluster, chassis, hosts,
and unassigned server groups at discovery phase.
•
Managing hosts by synchronizing SCVMM hosts with DLCI for SCVMM appliance.
•
Providing credentials for integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC), Chassis Management
Controller (CMC), and Proxy servers that are used for multiple workflows.
•
Accessing Microsoft System Center 2012 SP1/R2 Virtual Machine Manager.
•
Installing as a Virtual Appliance (software model) for a simplified implementation and initial
configuration with SCVMM.
•
Checking the Dell PowerEdge server compliance to ensure that the required firmware revision is
installed.
•
Performing auto-discovery and handshake to enable iDRAC with LC on bare-metal servers. This helps
to locate the SCVMM console through the DLCI for SCVMM appliance.
•
Discovering unassigned Dell PowerEdge servers manually while using static IP for the iDRAC with LC
network.
•
Viewing key inventory details of discovered servers, which helps IT Administrators to
select appropriate servers to deploy in the datacenter.
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•
Preparing an ideal server configuration, also known as a Golden Configuration, based on the IT
Administrator defined standards to enable rapid and consistent replication of the same configuration
on servers targeted for deployment into the virtual environment.
•
Enabling IT Administrators in developing and maintaining policy and profile-based configuration
templates to reduce repetitive management tasks and time consumption.
•
Deploying OS and hypervisor by using the following options:
– iDRAC with LC, which contains driver packs for all supported operating systems for OS
deployments.
– Prepare customized Microsoft Windows Pre-installation Environment (WinPE) images with OS
drivers optionally available from the Dell Deployment Toolkit (DTK).
– Replicate hypervisor deployments with or without utilizing the LC driver packs based on the
selected Golden Configuration and also replicate BIOS, RAID, and Boot Order settings.
•
Installing server operating systems remotely.
•
Viewing the inventory information and performing troubleshooting tasks by launching to the iDRAC
and LC user interface.
•
Viewing data logs of jobs and tasks performed within the DLCI appliance.
•
Using Active Directory credentials for authentication and access to iDRAC/LC.
For complete information, see Dell Lifecycle Controller Integration for Microsoft System Center Virtual
Machine Manager User’s Guide available at dell.com/support/manuals.
Dell Server PRO Management Pack for Microsoft System Center Virtual
Machine Manager
Dell PRO Pack manages Dell physical devices and their hosted virtual machines (VMs) by leveraging the
monitoring and alerting capabilities of Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) and
remediation capabilities of System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM). It recommends remedial
actions when monitored-objects transition to an unhealthy state (for example, virtual disk failure or
predictive drive error).
For complete information, see Dell Server PRO Management Pack for Microsoft System Center Virtual
Machine Manager User’s Guide available at dell.com/support/manuals.
Dell OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter
The Dell OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter allows IT administrators to monitor, provision, and
manage Dell PowerEdge server hardware and firmware from a dedicated Dell menu accessed directly
through the VMware vCenter console. Dell OMI also allows granular control and reporting for the
hardware environment using the same role-based access control model as vCenter.
NOTE: The Dell Repository Manager integrates with Dell OpenManage Integration for VMware
vCenter. The Dell Repository Manager provides advanced functionality, simplifies the discovery and
deployment of new updates.
You can manage and monitor Dell hardware within the virtualized environment, such as:
•
Alerting and monitoring environment for servers and chassis
•
Monitoring and reporting for servers and chassis
•
Updating firmware on servers
•
Deploying enhanced options
For complete information, see delltechcenter.com/omivv.
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BMC Software
Dell along with BMC Software integrates Dell server, Dell storage, and Dell network management
functionality with the BMC Software's process and datacenter automation products. Dell and BMC
Software’s partnership helps to make sure that Dell and BMC Software–based IT infrastructure and
services provide the highest level of datacenter and business services manageability. The integration
between Dell and BMC Software products is highlighted by Dell’s own IT organization as BMC Software
helps Dell IT automate key processes and accelerate responsiveness by deploying multiple BMC Software
solutions.
Connections For Third Party Consoles
The following table lists the connections products and the management station operating systems they
are supported on.
Table 4. Connections For Third Party Consoles
Product
Windows
Linux
ESXi
Dell OpenManage Connection for Computer Associates Network
and Systems Management
Yes
-
-
Smart Plug-in for HP Operations Manager
Yes
-
Yes
Dell OpenManage Connection for IBM Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus
Yes
Yes
Yes
Dell OpenManage Connection for IBM Tivoli Enterprise Console
Yes
-
-
Dell OpenManage Connection for IBM Tivoli Network Manager
(ITNM) IP Edition
Yes
Yes
Yes
Dell OpenManage Plug-in for Oracle Enterprise Manager (OEM)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Dell OpenManage Plug-in for Nagios Core
-
Yes
Yes
Dell OpenManage Wizard for Nagios XI (Beta)
-
Yes
Yes
NOTE: Use Dell Connections License Manager for managing
licenses and licensable features available with Smart Plug-in.
NOTE: Use Dell Connections License Manager for managing
licenses and licensable features available with Dell
OpenManage Connection for ITNM IP Edition.
Dell OpenManage Connection for Computer Associates Network and
Systems Management
The Dell OpenManage Connection for Computer Associates Network and Systems Management allows
you to monitor Dell PowerEdge servers and PowerVault storage arrays from within the Computer
Associates (CA) Network and Systems Management (NSM) console. It helps to:
•
Monitor and group Dell systems from an existing Computer Associates systems management
framework.
•
Display Dell system health information in real-time within the CA NSM console.
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•
•
Receive an alert and quickly take corrective action if a Dell system becomes compromised.
Use an existing systems management framework when Dell systems complete your data center.
For complete information, see Dell OpenManage Connection for CA NSM User's Guide available at
dell.com/support/manuals.
Dell Smart Plug-in for HP Operations Manager for Windows
Dell Smart Plug-in for HP Operations Manager enables the datacenter customers to monitor Dell server,
storage and networking infrastructure in environments managed by the HP Operations Manager console.
Dell Smart Plug-in protects existing investments of IT organizations in the HP Operations Manager
console and eases the integration and monitoring of Dell devices.
The following are the key features of Dell Smart Plug-in for HP Operations Manager:
•
•
•
•
•
Monitors Dell PowerEdge Servers in either in-band or out-of-band mode, iDRACs, Workstation,
Chassis, Storage, and Network Switch devices.
Provides agent-free, out-of-band monitoring by leveraging iDRAC with Lifecycle Controller.
Correlates alerts automatically to focus only on the current outstanding problems.
Configures or manages Dell devices by launching Dell one-to-one and one-to-many console
solutions directly from the HP Operations Manager Console.
Enables device association of Dell Modular Servers, Storage, or Network Switches to Dell Chassis to
locate blades in a chassis.
For complete information, see Dell Smart Plug-in For HP Operations Manager For Microsoft Windows
User’s Guide available at dell.com/support/manuals.
Dell OpenManage Connection for IBM Tivoli Netcool OMNIbus
Dell OpenManage Connection for IBM Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus monitors Dell devices by receiving alerts
on the IBM Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus console. It also supports one-to-one element management console
launch, which is followed by the Dell device alerts and Dell Tools launch from the OMNIbus console in
order to perform troubleshooting, configuration, and management activities.
The following are the key features of Dell OpenManage Connection for IBM Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus:
•
•
•
•
Monitor alerts from Dell Servers, Dell Remote Access Controllers, Workstations, Chassis, Storage
arrays, and Network Switches.
Provides agent-free, out-of-band monitoring by leveraging iDRAC with Lifecycle Controller.
Correlates alert automatically to focus only on the current outstanding problems, which helps in
quicker fault detection and resolution.
Configures or manages Dell devices by launching Dell one-to-one and one-to-many console
solutions directly from Netcool/OMNIbus console.
For complete information, see the Dell OpenManage Connection for IBM Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus User’s
Guide available at dell.com/support/manuals.
Dell OpenManage Connection for IBM Tivoli Enterprise Console
The Dell OpenManage Connection for IBM Tivoli Enterprise Console is a systems management plug-in
that extends the management of Dell PowerEdge systems and Dell PowerVault storage systems to users
of the Tivoli Enterprise Console management product. It allows users to integrate the management of
Dell systems to make them easier to manage. The Connection also allows systems management
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professionals to take corrective action on Dell systems when a Dell-specific alert is received at the
enterprise. These alerts include, but are not limited to, temperature, fan speed, and chassis intrusion. For
more information, see the Dell OpenManage Connection for Tivoli Enterprise Console User’s Guide
available at dell.com/OMConnectionsEnterpriseSystemsManagement.
Dell OpenManage Connection for IBM Tivoli Network Manager IP Edition
Dell OpenManage Connection for IBM Tivoli Network Manager (ITNM) IP Edition enables the datacenter
customers to monitor the Dell devices in an environment managed by the existing ITNM console. It helps
customers to discover the Dell devices and then monitor the overall health of the Dell devices
periodically. It also supports console launch of Dell devices and Dell Tools to perform further analysis.
Dell OpenManage Connection for ITNM provides the following features:
•
Discovery, classification, and monitoring of Dell Servers, Dell Remote Access Controllers,
Workstations, Chassis, Storage arrays, and Network Switches.
•
Provides agent-free, out-of-band server monitoring by leveraging embedded iDRAC with Lifecycle
Controller.
•
Provides SNMP event monitoring and automatic event correlation support for quicker fault detection
with Dell OpenManage Connection for IBM Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus.
•
Launches Dell consoles directly from ITNM IP Edition console (one-to-one and one-to-many) to
perform further troubleshooting, configuration, or management activities.
•
Correlates Dell devices (blade servers/storage/switches) to a specific system chassis for easy system
identification.
•
Supports periodic monitoring of Dell Connections License Manager (DCLM) for license availability
(applicable only for agent-free server monitoring).
NOTE: Dell OpenManage Connection for ITNM IP Edition requires Dell OpenManage Connection
for IBM Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus for event or trap monitoring support of the Dell devices.
Dell OpenManage Plug-in for Oracle Enterprise Manager
Dell OpenManage Plug-in for Oracle Enterprise Manager provides a proactive approach to data center
management that delivers features for monitoring Dell server, storage, and networking infrastructures in
environment managed by Oracle Enterprise Manager that is easy and cost-effective. It also supports
console launch of Dell devices and Dell tools to perform further analysis.
The following are the key features supported by Dell OpenManage Plug-in for Oracle Enterprise
Manager:
•
Discovery, inventory, and monitoring of the following Dell hardware:
– 12th generation PowerEdge servers using agent-free, out-of-band mode through the Integrated
Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) with Lifecycle Controller
– 9th generation to 12th generation PowerEdge servers using in-band mode through the
OpenManage Server Administrator (OMSA) agent
– Compellent, EqualLogic, PowerVault MD, and PowerVault NX storage arrays
– PowerEdge VRTX and M1000e chassis
– Force10 and PowerConnect switches
•
Automatic mapping of Oracle Database workload to the host server. Other targets (storage and
switches) can be linked manually in the Oracle Enterprise Manager.
•
Device association of Dell blade systems (Dell blade servers, EqualLogic Blade Arrays, and Force10
Blade IO modules with PowerEdge VRTX and M1000e chassis)
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•
Configuration and management of Dell devices by launching the following Dell 1:1 and 1:Many
Console solutions directly from the OEM Console:
– Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) console
– OpenManage Server Administrator (OMSA) console
– EqualLogic Group Manager console
– Compellent Storage Center console
– Chassis Management Controller consoles for M1000e chassis and VRTX chassis
– OpenManage Switch Administrator console
– OpenManage Essentials console
For complete information, see the Dell OpenManage Plug-in for Oracle Enterprise Manager User’s Guide
available at dell.com/support/manuals.
Dell OpenManage Plug-in for Nagios Core
Dell OpenManage Plug-in for Nagios Core provides a proactive approach to data center management
that delivers features for monitoring Dell’s 12th and later generations of PowerEdge servers in
environments managed by the Nagios Core console. With this plug-in, you have comprehensive
hardware-level visibility such as overall and component-level health monitoring for quicker fault
detection and resolution of the Dell PowerEdge servers. The plug-in protects existing investments of IT
organizations in the Nagios Core console and eases the integration and monitoring of Dell servers.
The following are the key features supported by Dell OpenManage Plug-in for Nagios Core:
•
Discovers and monitors Dell 12th and later generations of PowerEdge servers through an agent-free,
out-of-band method by using Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) with Lifecycle
Controller.
•
Monitors overall and component-level (such as fan, battery, physical disk, virtual disk, fan, battery,
NIC, intrusion, and so on) health status of Dell servers by using SNMP or Web Services API protocol.
•
Monitors SNMP alerts from supported devices.
•
Provides basic system information such as component-level details about Dell servers.
•
Launches iDRAC web console from Nagios Core to perform further troubleshooting, configuration, or
management activities.
For complete information, see the Dell OpenManage Plug-in for Nagios Core User’s Guide available at
dell.com/support/manuals .
Dell OpenManage Wizard for Nagios XI (Beta)
Dell OpenManage Wizard for Nagios XI provides a proactive approach to data center management that
delivers features for monitoring Dell PowerEdge servers in environments managed with Nagios XI
console. The wizard protects existing investment of IT organizations in the Nagios XI console and eases
the integration and monitoring of Dell servers.
NOTE: The wizard is currently available as a public beta release to gauge customer interest, and is
not covered by Dell support.
The following are the key features supported by Dell OpenManage Wizard for Nagios XI:
•
Discovers inventory of Dell PowerEdge servers, using agent-free technology through iDRAC with
Lifecycle Controller.
•
Monitors overall server health.
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Launches iDRAC web console from Nagios XI to perform further troubleshooting, configuration, or
management activities.
CA Spectrum and CA Unified Infrastructure Management (Native Integration)
Dell partners with CA Inc. to enable native monitoring of Dell server and Dell network switches within
CA’s product line. CA Spectrum supports monitoring of Dell PowerEdge servers and Dell network
switches (formerly Force10 switches), while CA Unified Infrastructure Management (formerly CA Nimsoft
Monitor) supports monitoring of Dell PowerEdge servers. Dell’s partnership with CA Inc. helps to make
sure that Dell and CA Software – based IT infrastructure and services, provide the highest level of
datacenter and business services manageability and optimizing customer’s total cost of ownership (TCO)
in case the customer is an existing user of CA products.
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Dell Server Management Operations
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Dell’s approach to systems management is centered on the server lifecycle – Deploy, Update, Monitor,
and Maintain. To manage an infrastructure properly and efficiently, you must perform these functions
easily and quickly. This allows you to invest more time and energy on business improvements, and less on
maintenance.
The figure illustrates the various operations that can be performed during a server’s lifecycle.
Figure 2. Server Lifecycle
The following table lists the products that are recommended for one-to-one and one-to-many
operations, and when they are used in the server’s lifecycle. However, you can use the one-to-many
tools for one-to-one, and some of the one-to-one tools can be automated for one-to-many.
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Table 5. Server Management Operations
Operation
One-To-One
One-To-Many
Deploy
•
•
•
•
Lifecycle Controller GUI
Deployment Toolkit (DTK)
•
•
•
•
Update
•
•
•
•
•
•
Monitor
•
•
•
Integrated Dell Remote Access
Controller (iDRAC)
Lifecycle Controller GUI
Dell Update Packages (DUP)
Server Update Utility (SUU)
Dell OpenManage Linux
Repository
Dell Repository Manager
•
•
Basic Management Controller
(BMC)
iDRAC
OpenManage Server
Administrator (OMSA)
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Maintain
•
•
•
Basic Management with IPMI
iDRAC
Lifecycle Controller GUI
•
•
Dell OpenManage Essentials
Dell OpenManage Integration for VMware
vCenter
DLCI for Microsoft System Center Configuration
Manager (SCCM)
DLCI for System Center Virtual Machine
Manager (SCVMM)
BMC Software BladeLogic
Lifecycle Controller Remote Services
Dell OpenManage Essentials
Dell OpenManage Integration for VMware
vCenter
DLCI for Microsoft System Center Configuration
Manager
DLCI for System Center Virtual Machine
Manager
BMC Software BladeLogic
Lifecycle Controller Remote Services
Dell OpenManage Essentials
Dell OpenManage Power Center
Dell OpenManage Integration for VMware
vCenter
BMC Software ProactiveNet
Dell Server Management Pack Suite for
Microsoft System Center Operations Manager
(SCOM)
Dell Server PRO Management Pack for
Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine
Manager (SCVMM)
Dell OpenManage Connections for Third Party
Consoles
Lifecycle Controller Remote Services
DLCI for Microsoft System Center Configuration
Manager (SCCM)
The Dell OpenManage portfolio of systems management products and services is comprehensive and
delivers solutions under the following categories of operations:
•
Deploy (see Deploy — One-To-One and Deploy — One-To-Many)
•
Update (see Update — One-To-One and Update — One-To-Many)
•
Monitor (see Monitor — One-To-One and Monitor — One-To-Many)
•
Maintain (see Maintain — One-To-One and Maintain — One-To-Many)
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Deploy
Table 6. Deploy — One-To-One
Feature Name
OMSA
LC
System
Setup
DTK
BMC*
iDRAC (Rack,
Tower, and
Blades)
Auto-discovery
-
-
Yes
-
-
Yes
Auto
Configuration
-
-
-
-
-
Yes
OS Deployment
-
Yes
-
-
-
Yes
BIOS
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
-
Yes
BMC*
-
-
-
-
Yes
-
OMSA Web Server
Yes
-
-
-
-
-
Probes or Sensors
Yes
-
-
-
Yes
Yes
Boot Order
Yes
-
-
-
-
Yes
LCD Panel Security
Yes
Yes
-
-
-
Yes
vFlash
-
Yes
-
-
-
Yes
RAID Configuration Yes
and Operations
Yes
-
Yes
-
Yes
Local Key
Encryption
Yes
Yes
-
-
-
Yes
Break Mirror
-
Yes
-
-
-
Yes
HII Configuration
-
Yes
Yes
-
-
-
Power Capping
Yes
-
Yes
-
-
Yes
Power
Redundancy (For
Rack and Tower)
-
-
Yes
-
-
Yes
SOL and Serial Port
Yes
-
-
-
-
Yes
iDRAC Network
Configuration
-
Yes
Yes
-
-
Yes
-
-
-
-
Yes
Configure
SSL
Terminal Mode
Yes
-
-
-
-
Yes
Local Users
Yes
-
-
-
-
Yes
Active Directory
Yes
-
-
-
-
Yes
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Feature Name
OMSA
LC
System
Setup
DTK
BMC*
iDRAC (Rack,
Tower, and
Blades)
Smart Card
Yes
-
-
-
-
Yes
RAID
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
-
Yes
Non-RAID
Yes
Yes
Yes
-
-
Yes
SSD Storage
Yes
Yes
Yes
-
-
Yes
NICs
-
Yes
-
Yes
-
Yes
CNAs
-
Yes
-
-
-
Yes
FC-HBAs
-
Yes
-
-
-
Yes
Virtual Console
-
-
-
-
-
Yes
Virtual Media
-
-
-
-
-
Yes
Certificate
Management
Yes
-
-
-
-
Yes
License
Management
-
-
-
-
-
Yes
* BMC indicates Baseboard Management Controller
Table 7. Deploy — One-To-Many
Feature Name
LC-RS*
CMC
DTK
OME
DLCI for
SCCM
DLCI for
SCVMM
Auto-discovery
Yes
Yes
-
-
Yes
Yes
Auto Configuration
Yes
-
-
-
-
-
In-band Discovery
-
-
-
Yes
-
-
Out-of-band Discovery
(Systems)
-
-
-
Yes
Yes
Yes
Out-of-band Discovery
(iDRAC)
Yes
-
-
Yes
Yes
Yes
OS Deployment
Yes
-
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
BIOS
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
OMSA Web Server
-
-
-
Yes
-
-
Boot Order
Yes
Yes
-
Yes
Yes
Yes
LCD Panel Security
Yes
-
-
Yes
Yes
-
vFlash
Yes
-
-
-
Yes
-
Configure
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Feature Name
LC-RS*
CMC
DTK
OME
DLCI for
SCCM
DLCI for
SCVMM
RAID Configuration and
Operations
Yes
-
-
Yes
Yes
Yes
Local Key Encryption
Yes
-
-
-
Yes
-
Break Mirror
Yes
-
-
-
Yes
-
HII Configuration
-
-
-
-
Yes
-
Power Capping
Yes
Yes
-
-
Yes
-
Power Redundancy (For
Rack and Tower)
-
-
-
-
Yes
-
Grid Redundancy
-
Yes
-
-
-
-
iDRAC Network
Configuration
Yes
Yes
-
Yes
-
-
Local Users
Yes
Yes
-
Yes
-
-
Active Directory
Yes
Yes
-
Yes
-
-
Smart Card
-
-
-
-
-
-
Certificate Management
Yes
Yes
-
Yes
-
-
License Management
(see Note)
Yes
-
-
-
-
-
* LC—RS indicates Lifecycle Controller Remote Services.
NOTE: Alternatively, use Dell License Manager for one-to-many license management for iDRAC
licenses or use Dell Connections License Manager for managing licenses and the licensable features
provided with the Dell Connections products. To download the license manager, go to
support.dell.com.
Update
Table 8. Update — One-To-One
Feature Name
LC
iDRAC (Rack,
Tower, and Blades)
SUU
DUP
DRM
BIOS Firmware
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
PSU Firmware
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Diagnostics (No Rollback)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Operating System Driver
Packs (No Rollback)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
NIC Firmware
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
iDRAC Firmware
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
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Feature Name
LC
iDRAC (Rack,
Tower, and Blades)
SUU
DUP
DRM
RAID Controller Firmware
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Physical Disk Firmware
-
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Enclosure Firmware
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Lifecycle Controller (No
Rollback)
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Part Replacement (RAID
and NIC)
Yes
Yes
-
-
-
Lifecycle Controller Repair
Package
-
Yes
-
-
-
CPLD
Yes
Yes
-
Yes
Yes
FC Cards
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Backplane
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Automatic Firmware
Update
-
Yes
-
-
-
Table 9. Update — One-To-Many
Feature Name
LC-RS
CMC
DRACT
OME
DLCI for
SCCM
DLCI for
SCVMM
BIOS Firmware
Yes
Yes
-
Yes
Yes
Yes
PSU Firmware
Yes
-
-
Yes
Yes
Yes
Diagnostics (No Rollback) Yes
Yes
-
Yes
Yes
Yes
Operating System Driver
Packs (No Rollback)
Yes
Yes
-
Yes
Yes
Yes
NIC Firmware
Yes
Yes
-
Yes
Yes
Yes
iDRAC Firmware
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
RAID Controller Firmware Yes
Yes
-
Yes
Yes
Yes
Lifecycle Controller (No
Rollback)
Yes
Yes
-
Yes
Yes
Yes
Part Replacement (RAID
and NIC)
Yes
-
-
-
Yes
Yes
CPLD
Yes
-
-
-
Yes
-
FC Cards
Yes
-
-
Yes
-
-
Backplane
Yes
-
-
Yes
-
-
Automatic Firmware
Update
Yes
-
-
-
-
-
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Monitor
Table 10. Monitor — One-To-One
Feature Name
OMSA
LC
BMC*
iDRAC (Rack, Tower,
and Blades)
View and Export Current Inventory
-
Yes
-
Yes
View and Export Factory Shipped Inventory
-
Yes
-
Yes
System Health
Yes
-
-
Yes
Storage Health
Yes
-
Power Monitoring
Yes
-
-
Yes
Performance
Yes
-
-
Yes
Probe (Sensor) Monitoring
-
-
Yes
Yes
Components Information
Yes
-
-
Yes
Alerts
Yes
-
-
Yes
Platform Events
Yes
-
Yes
Yes
SNMP Traps
Yes
-
Yes
Yes
Lifecycle Log
Yes
-
-
Yes
POST Code Information
Yes
-
-
Yes
CMC Health Status
-
-
-
Yes
WWN/MAC Address
-
-
-
Yes
Reporting
Yes
-
-
Yes
Physical Topology
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Logical Grouping
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
NICs Status and Statistics monitoring
Yes
No
-
Yes
CNAs Status and Statistics monitoring
Yes
No
-
Yes
FC-HBAs Status and Statistics monitoring
Yes
No
-
Yes
Yes
* BMC indicates Baseboard Management Controller
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Table 11. Monitor — One-To-Many
Feature Name
LCRS
CMC
Power OME
Cente
r
SCOM
SMP
Connecti
on for
HP, IBM,
and
Oracle
Connect
ion for
CA NSM
Connectio
n for
Nagios
Core
View Current
Inventory
Yes
Yes
-
Yes
Yes
-
-
-
Export Current
Inventory
Yes
Yes
-
Yes
-
-
-
-
View and Export
Factory Shipped
Inventory
Yes
-
-
Yes
-
-
-
-
System Health
Yes
Yes
-
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Storage Health
Yes
-
-
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
-
Detailed Health
Yes
-
-
Yes
Yes
-
-
Yes
Components
Information
Yes
-
-
Yes
Yes
-
-
Yes
Power Monitoring
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
-
-
-
Performance
Yes
Yes
-
No
Yes
-
-
-
Probe (Sensor)
Monitoring
Yes
Yes
-
Yes
Yes
-
-
Yes
Alerts
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Platform Events
Yes
Yes
-
Yes
Yes
-
-
-
Lifecycle Log
Yes
Yes
-
Yes
-
-
-
-
CMC Health Status
-
Yes
-
Yes
Yes
Yes
-
-
WWN/MAC Address
Yes
Yes
-
Yes
Yes
-
-
-
Reporting
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
-
-
-
Physical Topology
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
-
-
Logical Grouping
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
-
-
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Maintain
Table 12. Maintain — One-To-One
Feature Name
OMSA
LC
BMC*
iDRAC
(Rack,
Tower,
and
Blades)
CMC
SUU
DRM
View Current Firmware Versions
-
Yes
-
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Delete and Reset System
Yes
Yes
-
Yes
-
-
-
Backup and Export Server Profile
-
Yes
-
Yes
-
-
-
Restore Server Profile
-
Yes
-
Yes
-
-
-
Hardware Diagnostics
-
Yes
-
Yes
-
-
-
Manage Repositories
-
-
-
-
-
-
Yes
Maintenance, Warranty, and
Depreciation
Yes
-
-
-
-
-
-
Power Control Functions
Yes
-
-
Yes
-
-
-
Tech Support Report
-
-
-
Yes
-
-
-
Last Crash Screen
Yes
-
-
Yes
-
-
-
Video Capture
-
-
-
Yes
-
-
-
* BMC indicates Baseboard Management Controller
Table 13. Maintain — One-To-Many
Feature Name
LC-Remote
Services
CMC
OME
DLCI for SCCM
View Current Firmware Versions
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Delete and Reset System
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Backup and Export Server Profile
Yes
-
Yes
Yes
Restore Server Profile
Yes
-
Yes
Yes
Hardware Diagnostics
Yes
-
-
-
Maintenance, Warranty, and Depreciation
-
-
Yes
-
Power Control Functions
Yes
Yes
Yes
-
Task Scheduling
Yes
-
Yes
Yes
Tech Support Report
Yes
-
-
-
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