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The DRAC provides remote access to the system console (keyboard and screen) allowing the system BIOS to be accessed over the Internet when the server is rebooted. This is done by configuring the system BIOS to send its output to a serial port (as a stream of text using VT100-compatible control codes. ) The chosen serial port is then redirected to the DRAC’s serial port. Users can then log into the DRAC via SSH and run a command to connect the SSH session to the serial port, thus allowing the console to be accessed over the Internet.
With an 8GB branded card, you can choose a partition of 256MB , 512MB , 1GB , 2GB or 4GB but with an unbranded, third-party card you can’t create a partition larger than 265MB , which makes it rather less useful. We used a Dell –branded 1GB SD card, which allowed us to select a vFlash partition size of either 256MB or 512MB.
You can boot from an ISO image loaded onto the virtual CD by pressing F2 during startup to enter the BIOS settings menu and changing the boot priority for the virtual CD to be the primary boot media. We were able to boot from a Windows Server 2003 installation disc in our laptop DVD drive using this method, although it did need further configuration of the virtual drive set up on the RAID array to get access to the server’s hard disks.
Installing Open Manage Server Administrator on ESXi 5. Dell TechCenter Wiki Video. Dell Management Console installation Video.
You need to change a value in the Advanced Settings section of the configuration tab for the host. In troubleshooting why I couldn’t get any inventory, I found an article about configuring OMSA on ESX/i 4. This step hung me up for a while. I was stuck here for a while because after this setting is changed, you MUST reboot the host again as just restarting the management agent doesn’t work. With the OMSA VIB installed, the appliance configured and the vCenter plugin registered we’re ready to start using the plugin right. Under UserVars, set CIMoemProviderEnabled from 0 to 1.
The Dell OpenManage portfolio includes tools and modules to manage Dell and third-party servers, switches and other IT infrastructures.
Without this feature and with the system running, administrators can use the remote console to access the operating system too. If the operating system has loaded the correct drivers, the DRAC will attempt to shut down the system gracefully. With the DRAC enabled and using its own separate network connection, a user may login and reboot the system even if the core operating system has crashed.
That’s all there is to it. Notice at the bottom of the OMSA login page there’s a link for “Manage Web Server” – you can switch between managing the local.
It can also be used in conjunction with the Dell Management Console (DMC ), Dell’s latest systems management application for servers, computers, printers, storage and other types of hardware (based on Symantec’s Altiris Notification Server, which collates inventory, reporting, OS monitoring, patch management and configuration information under a single Web interface.
In both cases the free tools do not include the ability to remotely connect to the console of a server.
Starting with OMSA v7. By default all these will be installed. 2, during installation you can choose to exclude the management interfaces which you are not interested in. Excluding any of the management interface has the impact on the way you can access the server details.