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HOWTO: Install Dell Open Manage Essentials (OME) v1.2 on Windows 2012

Dell provides free of charge, a systems management package known as Open Manage Essentials.  This tools allows for management of just about any product that Dell provides an Open Manage agent for or SNMP MIB’s – servers, operating systems, switches, tape drives, JBOD’s, etc.  Equally, it can be used with 3rd party hardware with the correct SNMP based MIB’s.  Key uses of this software are, but are not limited to:

· Hardware inventory – eg: #/Type of DIMM’s installed on ServerX

· Hardware/software version inventory – eg: BIOS version on ServerY

· Software packages – eg: OMSA v7.3.1 for Windows

· Compliance of all of the same

· Creation of Dell System Update Utility (SUU) DVD media for performing offline (non-network) based upgrades and installations at the local system.

· Management of iDRAC

· Hardware failures and warnings – eg: fan failure, RAID degraded, temperature too high, etc.

You may note that this is largely feature comparable to something like IBM Systems Director for IBM hardware.

This document will cover only the installation of the software.  Later documents will cover the “First Time Setup” and then the “Day to Day Use and Administration”.

1) Obtain the Dell Open Manage Essentials (hereafter referred to as “OME”) from the Dell Support site.  This is available freely for ALL Dell servers, so you may pick any Dell PowerEdge server, such as R420 or R620’s and select it from the Systems Management downloads.  The direct link that works as of today is: http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/ca/en/calca1/DriverDetails/Product/poweredge-r620?driverId=613NN&osCode=WS8R2&fileId=3214164489&languageCode=EN&categoryId=SM

2) The installation EXE is nearly 1GB in size, and is a self-extracting ZIP file.


This will prompt to unzip the files and then automatically start the installer.  Click UNZIP to being.

3) When the OME Installer launches, only the first option is selected:


Check all 4 boxes, and click INSTALL.

4) The installer will scan for dependencies:


At first glance, this looks pretty intimidating.  However, unlike some installation programs, where a dependency is not met, there is a link directly on the dependency to fix and install the correction.  Most are silent installations.  Go through them in order until each is met.

Each of the next steps will cover each dependency in a single step to consolidate.

5) Install IIS7:


Click YES.


The installer will run a silent installation.


When complete, the Prerequisites screen returns, and IIS7 dependency is no longer listed.

6) Install ASP.NET:


Click YES.

7) Install Silverlight:


8) Install the Visual Studio Runtime:


9) Install IPMI Utility:


10) Install DRAC TOOLS

11) Install SQL 2012 Express:


This is more than sufficient of an SQL installation for the purposes of this software.


Click YES.

12) At this point we’ll be left with 3 items:


We do not use EMC Navisphere, so we don’t need to install that “cautionary” dependency.  The other two are Informational.


You’ll also notice that the button in the lower right is now showing “Install Essentials” vs “Install All Dependencies” (which we could have used to speed the process).  Click INSTALL ESSENTIALS.

13) Next, we start the actual OME installation process:


Click NEXT


Accept the licence agreement and click NEXT.


Choose a TYPICAL Setup Type, and click NEXT.


The READY TO INSTALL screen will show a summary of ports and steps.  Click INSTALL.


When complete, click FINISH.  Note that it will launch Dell OME.


Two things to note from here:

1) The other 3 check boxes from Step 3 will auto-launch to do their installations.  Separate HOWTO’s will be done for each of:

HOWTO: Install Dell SupportAssist v1.2.0 – part of Dell OME Open Manage Essentials v1.2

HOWTO: Install Dell Repository Manager v1.6.0 – part of Dell OME Open Manage Essentials v1.2

HOWTO: Install Dell License Manager – part of Dell OME Open Manage Essentials v1.2

2) Dell OME will open to a FIRST TIME SETUP screen.  Will cover this in:

HOWTO: Dell OME v1.2 – First Time Setup

As you can see, I’m making an attempt to modularize the HOWTO’s to prevent them from being 100+ pages long and to allow administrators to only need the subset that applies to what they’re actually working with.



Remember this temp folder?  Please be kind – go delete it J


No one wants this kind of stuff littering the C: drive.

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