Dell Management console !

Posted on 2009-12-22
Last Modified: 2013-12-06
Just need some information on what Dell Management console is used for ? I thought I would be able to control resource distribution between different sources. I have installed it and run network discovery. The Resource manager shows me detail about the specific server/node. Now I am reading the guide but it doesnt talk anywhere about how can i distribut the resources amongst different servers. I am totally new to this one, will appreciate your help !
Question by:nabeel92
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    Assisted Solution

    Dell Management console is a web interface to the hardware.  It may allow you to manipulate Raid and other hardware settings on that server, and will also report to ITAssist to report hardware failures.

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    After running the network discovery, I go to Manage --> All Devices. A majority of devices are appearing as type unknown. Is that normal ? In servers tab, however I have 8 devices displayed with Resource Type either 'Dell Computer' or simply 'Computer'. I've attached a snapshot of Resource Manager of one of the devices in unknown category. Does it look from the snapshot if it was added succefully ! thanks
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    You must have Dell OpenManage Server Administrator (aka OMSA) installed on all of the PowerEdge Servers that you want to discover and manage.  You can install OMSA on the server locally, or use the OMSA Deployment wizard in DMC.
    If you do not install OMSA, your servers will not get classified as a "Dell Computer", but rather, "Unknown" or just "Computer".  And this will limit your management capabilities in Dell Management Console.

    Read the section 3. Discovery:


    Author Comment

    Thanks for the Link.
    Just a bit of confusion though. There are 2 separate things. One is OMSA and other is Altiris agent.

    1. As per my understanding, Altiris agent is supposed to be installed on all targets machines prior to OMSA installation on the DMC. Is that right ?

    2. Or is it that I have to install the OMSA on all the target machines as well as the DMC. In that case, whats the point of installing Altiris agent on the clients if I have to install OMSA on the clients too ?

    3. Or Do I install both on target machines i.e Altiris and OMSA

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    and there are a bunch of computers/servers in unknown category (attached in pic 1) . However, If i run OMSA wizard, it doesnt show me those devices in unknown category even when i select it (attached in pic2). It only shows me the devices identified as computer or dell resources. how can i have my unknown devices in Manufacture type Dell. I thought I'd be running OMSA wizard on it but it displays no computers found in OMSA list when i select unknown category !

    I know its a bit weird where am stuck but any help would be appreciated !
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    Accepted Solution

    From the remote servers (have to be Dell servers), did you install Open Manage software on them? You need to download and install OM on the server manually instead of using the wizard on the monitoring server. Also, make sure SNMP service on the remote servers are enable and running.


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