Hardware Management IPMI driver and Dell Server Administrator

Posted on 2007-07-24
Last Modified: 2012-06-21
dell poweredge 2950
windows server 2003 R2 enterprise

i am about to install the dell openmanage Server Administrator.  prior to the installation, there is a scan + report that shows components that are not compatible or not installed.

in the Server Administrator section, it says Hardware Management is not installed.  when i go to Add/Remote Programs to install Hardware Management, it warns me "An IPMI device has been registered within the
system BIOS; all 3rd party IPMI drivers must be
removed from the system prior to installation in
order to prevent system instability; if all
3rd party drivers have been removed or you wish
to ignore this risk press OK otherwise
press Cancel."

i read this article here:

and now i am confused.  the article from dell says:
"The R2 Hardware Management component and IPMI driver only support
PowerEdge systems with BMCs that support IPMI versions 1.5 and later.
PowerEdge systems with BMCs that support IPMI version 1.0 are not
supported by the R2 IPMI driver. These systems can continue to use the
Dell OpenManage IPMI driver"

then there is a support matrix that show R2 IPMI and Dell OpenManage
poweredge 2950 shows Yes for Driver Support for both.

so... here's the question...
how do i properly install Hardware Management on this server so that it works with Server Administrator?
Question by:zephyr_hex
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    wow... you'd think these companies would update their docs so it doesn't take someone a few hours to find the answer...

    the documentation that came with the server didn't say anything about first checking to see if it's installing OpenManage 4.5 or later.  from the link above:
    "Future OpenManage Versions (After Version 4.5.x) Coexistence with the R2 IPMI Driver

    Future versions of OpenManage (following version 4.5.x) will not be packaged with and will not install a Dell IPMI driver. Instead, these versions of OpenManage will use the R2 IPMI driver for IPMI support. Thus, there will not be a conflict between future versions of OpenManage and the R2 IPMI driver. "

    so, by reading various docs, i discovered that the following must be done (this process will use the Windows IPMI driver, which is the recommended option according to one of the Dell docs i read):
    check Device Manager to see if there is a current IPMI driver (look under System Devices).  if there is one and it's not Microsoft, uninstall it.
    install Hardware Management in Add/Remove Programs (ignore the warning).
    you then have to manually register the MS IPMI:
    rundll32 ipmisetp.dll addthedevice
    verify it shows up in Device Manager
    then do the OpenManage installation.
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