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

August 1, 2013 Leave a comment

In a previous HOWTO (HOWTO: Installing Dell Open Manage Essentials (OME) v1.2 on Windows 2012) I covered the installation of Dell OME v1.2.  This installs other additional components – one of which is Dell Repository Manager v1.6.0, used for downloading and managing required updates (eg: Drivers, Firmware, BIOS, Management (eg: OMSA) tools, etc)  for known and managed systems. This document covers the simple installation of that product.

1) The Dell Repository Manager v1.6.0 Setup will automatically start:

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Click NEXT.

2) On the LICENSE AGREEMENT screen;

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Accept the licence and click NEXT.

3) On the CUSTOMER INFORMATION screen:

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Enter your customer information and click NEXT.

4) On the DESTINATION FOLDER screen:

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Accept the default Destination Folder, and click NEXT.

5) On the READY TO INSTALL THE PROGRAM screen:

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Click INSTALL.

6) On the COMPLETED screen:

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Click FINISH

Categories: Dell, OME

HOWTO: First Time Setup of Dell OME Open Manage Essentials (OME) v1.2

July 31, 2013 Leave a comment

1) Launch Dell Open Manage Essentials from the Desktop:

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2) The startup splash screen will load.  You will likely be prompted for credentials, and should use your Domain Admin account.

3) The initial screen will show new logs and alerts, which are largely because we’ve installed the program for the first time.

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Click CLEAR.

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Click the X in the upper right corner.

4) You are now at the HOME -> DASHBOARD console:

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As you can see, there isn’t much here.

5) Click on the PREFERENCES tab:

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We’re going to keep all these default settings.  You MAY want to change the CONSOLE SESSION TIMEOUT to suit your preferences.

6) Click on the EMAIL SETTINGS sub tab.

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Add an SMTP server name and credentials if required, and click APPLY.

7) Click on WARRANTY NOTIFICATION SETTINGS:

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Enable the WARRANTY EMAIL NOTIFICATIONS.  Set the TO and FROM e-mails as appropriate.  Check the box for INCLUDE DEVICES WITH EXPIRED WARRANTIES and change it from 7 to 30 days.  Click APPLY.

8) Click on the MANAGE tab:

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Click on the DISCOVERY AND INVENTORY sub tab.

9) Click on ADD DISCOVERY RANGE:

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Add an IP range such as “10.0.0.1-254” with a mask of 255.255.255.0 and click ADD.

NOTE: A suggested alternative, to not pick up workstations, printers, etc, is to add devices by hostname.  For example, we know that:

NW-ESXI01

NW-ESXI01-IDRAC

NW-ESXI02

NW-ESXI02-IDRAC

NW-ESXI03

NW-ESXI03-IDRAC

Are all likely Dell servers.  For my example, I’ll assume those were searched for.

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On the ICMP Configuration screen, I recommend changing the defaults from 1000MS and 1 attempt to 3000 and 3.  Click NEXT.

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On the SNMP Configuration screen, enter the READ community name and click NEXT.

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On the WMI Configuration screen, we’re going to omit this for now.  Click NEXT.

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On the Storage Configuration screen, we also omit this as we use no such devices.  Click NEXT.

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On the WS-Man Configuration screen, we enter the ESXi root user and password and check the boxes.  There is some later configuration of ESXi hosts to do yet.  Click NEXT.

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On the SSH Configuration screen, we also omit this as we have no linux servers.  Click NEXT.

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On the IPMI Configuration screen, enter an IPMI (iDRAC) username and password.  Click NEXT.

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On the Discovery Range Action, accept the default of PERFORM BOTH DISCOVERY AND INVENTORY.  Click NEXT.

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Review the SUMMARY screen, and click FINISH.

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This will take some time to run.

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Once complete, if you click on the range, you’re going to see details on what it found.

10) Click on MANAGE on the top menu, and then DEVICES on the bottom:

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Here we can see the devices detected.  The “Unknown” we’ll largely ignore, this is going to be workstations and other devices and we will eventually purge them out of here.

Let’s expand the VMware ESX Servers and then pick one of the hosts as shown, and then expand it.  As you can see, we get a summary of the NIC information, the VM’s on the host, etc.  We are not seeing ALL of the information yet, because the ESXi hosts have not been configured for use with OME.  We’ll handle that in a bit.

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If you click on the section with GREEN CHECK BOXES, the RAC, you’ll see each of the iDRAC’s listed.  This will give considerable detail about the machine, as well as things like Service Tag, Express Service Code, etc.

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If for any reason, over time you notice that your hosts seem to change their name all on their own, double check that the “reverse DNS” or PTR record is accurate, does not have duplicates, and is not reused from a previous server.  Often we will manually create A records but not the associated PTR’s.  Good System Monitoring is only as good as Good System Maintenance is.

If we click on MANAGE -> ALERTS:

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We can very quickly see why we’re going to want to omit the workstations from our scans, as well as VM servers, etc.  This is one reason why often a Discovery and Inventory scan is best done by individual host name rather than scanning the network.  At a later date, we’ll configure the alerts section to e-mail on up/down/etc.

11) So let’s make those ESXi hosts detectable.  Click on TUTORIALS:

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And then select the CONFIGURING ESXi 4.x and 5.0 for DISCOVERY AND INVENTORY.  Most of these steps are already done, as we already apply the OMSA VIB to our servers by default.  We also have standardized the enabling and setting of SNMP – but NOT the sending of traps to the OME server.

12) Click on MANAGE -> SYSTEM UPDATE:

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Here we can perform updates to the system, for items such as BIOS, Firmware, Drivers, etc.  In the upper left, we can see that a “NEWER CATALOG VERSION IS AVAILABLE”.  Click GET THE LATEST.

The lower right hand TASK EXECUTION HISTORY will show:

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And then the upper left will change to show:

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We now have the latest catalog.

This largely covers first time setup of the product.  It takes a while to get systems inventoried and status’ updated.  There will be yet another HOWTO in this series to cover how to effectively use the product, which I will cover once I deal with with the IP Reverse DNS issues identified in Step 10.

Categories: Dell, OME

HOWTO: Configuring ESXi v5.x for use with Dell Open Manage Essentials (OME) v1.2

July 31, 2013 3 comments

In order to ensure that the Dell R420 and R620 (and other) based VMware vSphere ESXi v5.x systems can be detected and managed via Dell OME, we need to perform some work to configure ESXi.  Thankfully, Dell has provided a tutorial, inside the application, to assist us.

1) Login to Dell OME and click TUTORIALS and select “Configuring ESXi v4.x and 5.0 for Discovery and Inventory”.

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2) As you can see, it requests that we download and install the OMSA VIB.  We already do so as part of our Dell ESXi installation documentation:

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3) The “Configuring of SNMP Traps” details are good and accurate:

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However, I have previously done a HOWTO: (HOWTO: Use vSphere PowerCLI to control Get-EsxCLI for setting SNMP on ESXi v5.1U1 hosts.) which covers how to perform this procedure en-masse across an entire vCenter installation of hosts and standardize.  As the settings will merge and update, there is no harm running the script from that HOWTO repeatedly on all hosts.  Think of it as a GPO in this manner, used to confirm and apply uniform settings.

4) The Enable CIM OEM is not required as we utilize Dell sourced Customized ESXi ISO’s, and the option is enabled by default.

5) On the Discover the ESXi Server, ensure that the WS-MAN detection is chosen:

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Utilizing the ESXi root user and password.

Once the above is completed on all hosts, they will be able to be scanned for in Dell OME with success.

Categories: Dell, ESXi, OME, SNMP, WS-MAN

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

July 31, 2013 Leave a comment

In a previous HOWTO (HOWTO: Installing Dell Open Manage Essentials (OME) v1.2 on Windows 2012) I covered the installation of Dell OME v1.2.  This installs other additional components – one of which is Dell License Manager, used for managing Dell iDRAC Licenses.  This document covers the simple installation of that product.

1) The Dell License Manager installation will start automatically after installing Dell OME v1.2:

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Click NEXT

2) It appears that it is already installed, so select MODIFY and click NEXT:

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3) On the CUSTOM SETUP screen:

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Accept the option for LICENSE MANAGER and click NEXT.

4) On the READY TO MODIFY screen, click INSTALL:

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5) On the COMPLETED screen, click FINISH:

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Categories: Dell, OME

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

July 31, 2013 Leave a comment

In a previous HOWTO (HOWTO: Installing Dell Open Manage Essentials (OME) v1.2 on Windows 2012) I covered the installation of Dell OME v1.2.  This installs other additional components – one of which is Dell SupportAssist v1.2.0, used for sending support requests as a “phone home” to Dell Support with details about any hardware failures it finds. This document covers the simple installation of that product.

1)  The Dell SupportAssist setup will launch:

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Click OK.

2) Click I AGREE when it launches:

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3) Accept the licence agreement, and click NEXT:

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4) On the registration screen, enter the appropriate information for Dell to contact us when an event occurs:

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Click NEXT.

5) On the READY TO INSTALL screen, click INSTALL:

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6) On the INSTALL WIZARD COMPLETE screen, click FINISH.

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7) When you restart the Dell OME login, the SupportAssist screen will pop up.  Click GO TO SETTINGS.

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8) When the SETTINGS window comes up:

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Enter the Device Type credentials.  The first will be:

DEVICE TYPE = SERVER

CREDENTIAL TYPE = WINDOWS

USERNAME = NETWISE\svcautomation (or some other appropriate service account)

PASSWORD = the appropriate password.

Change:

FREQUENCY = WEEKLY (from MONTHLY)

RECUR EVERY = 1 Week on SUNDAY at 12:00AM.

Click SAVE CHANGES.

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There are a few other device types, so do the same for ESX/ESXi and the IDRAC7 (RMU).

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You can now continue or close Dell OME/SupportAssist if you wish.

Categories: Dell, OME, Uncategorized

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

July 31, 2013 Leave a comment

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.

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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:

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Check all 4 boxes, and click INSTALL.

4) The installer will scan for dependencies:

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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:

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Click YES.

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The installer will run a silent installation.

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

6) Install ASP.NET:

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Click YES.

7) Install Silverlight:

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8) Install the Visual Studio Runtime:

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9) Install IPMI Utility:

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10) Install DRAC TOOLS

11) Install SQL 2012 Express:

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

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Click YES.

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

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

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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:

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Click NEXT

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Accept the licence agreement and click NEXT.

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Choose a TYPICAL Setup Type, and click NEXT.

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

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

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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.

ADDITIONALLY:

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

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

Categories: Dell, OME