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In a previous post I’ve describe how install the Dell OMSA package with VUM on ESXi 5. The Dell Open Manage (OMSA) is a useful tool (of course for physical Dell’s servers) for different reasons, like for example: configure and manage the RAID controller (for standalone servers and/or for local storage) and configure the (i)DRAC without reboot the host and enter in the POST menu (or without the physical access at the front panel).

I think that the VUM approach is the simple and faster way, but some days ago I’ve got a standalone server, without vCenter Server (and without vMA)… so I’ve chosen to use the SSH and the local CLI (note that the Dell document describe how install the package using the RCLI).

Note that in the local CLI the old esxupdate (previously used for this kind of task) has been removed and the “esxcli software” command must be used instead.

When you have download the ZIP file from the Dell Community (download the VIB for OMSA 6.5) and copied (with SCP or the datastore browser) on the ESXi server (in my example is in the /tmp directory) you can install it with the following command (note that it works also if the host in not in maintenance mode):

# esxcli software vib install -d /tmp/
Installation Result
Message: The update completed successfully, but the system needs to be rebooted for the changes to be effective.
Reboot Required: true
VIBs Installed: Dell_bootbank_OpenManage_6.5-0000
VIBs Removed:
VIBs Skipped:

After this command, the system need a reboot to enable the package. There is no needs to configure the ESXi firewall, or to set some advanced settings. After the reboot, you can chech if the package is correctly added:

#esxcli software vib list | grep OpenManage

To verify that the services are enabled and working:

# /usr/lib/ext/dell/srvadmin/bin/dataeng status
dsm_sa_datamgrd (pid 3448 ) is running
dsm_sa_eventmgrd (pid 3495 ) is running
dsm_sa_snmpd (pid 3506 ) is running

Finally you have only to use a OMSA Web Server OMSA from another system to connect, login and use the OpenManage interface.

Note: Dell OpenManage Server Administrator agent officially supports vSphere v5.0 / ESXi 5 as of December 2011, starting with OMSA 6.5 A02. For more info see this Dell page.


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