steps to set up a Dell server - OS first? Then OpenManage? or vice versa?

Openmanage is a big part of dell servers, right?

What is the correct sequence of things to do to a server to get up and running?

I have an ISO of win server essentials.  The server came with an openmanage disk that is not bootable. a n openmanage system management tools and docs v 8.1 disk.

I create a new RAID array using the H200 controller. Then what?

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The openmanage is to be installed into the operating system.

1. Install the Windows O.S
2. Install Open Manage

OpenManage will allow you to manage the RAID controller from within Windows instead of having to go into the RAID BIOS.

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Openmanage is an application suite.  You have to get the computer booted to one of the supported O/S variants & fully patched first.  Then you install open manage. Read release notes of the open manage CD to get hardware requirements and supported operating systems.
BeGentleWithMe-INeedHelpAuthor Commented:
OK, left something out of my question.  The server shipped with no OS.  It was set up from Dell with 2 partitions - 1 a diags partition and 1, much larger, was empty but for windows.

How do I recreate the diags partition? Or do I not want to ?
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Create a reliable backup. Make sure you always have dependable copies of your data so you can restore your entire system or individual files.

I never use the DIAG partition because I normally had to customize the partitions specific to what i need.  I also refuse to waste partition space on something I can run off the CD.

However, here is more information on the DIAG partition and you can decide if you want it and how to install it.  If not, no need for it.
Which server model? Usually when booting, you have the option to hit f12, and then use the OS install option.
The other option you need to download the build and update DVD, then the Os install Cd, depending on theOs

You need to burn the ISO that you will use as the second/third disk.
The build &cup date will boot the system and will provide you with an option on updating the server, up-to, the other option there is to install OS and I think it lets you choose which OS you are planing to install, the drivers for your server's components will then be .................
BeGentleWithMe-INeedHelpAuthor Commented:
It's a T110-II.

I like Wayne's thinking.  but were are all these CDs coming from?  I just have the OS ISO and the Openmanage non-bootable disk.  Are they something I can download from
Sometime DELL doesn't ship you all the CDs or forgot.  You can request which they will ship you free of charge but if you have the non-bootable OpenManage Cd then I think it's meants to be installed or you may be able to extract an ISO image after installing it into the partition.
When your system is booting, does it have an f10 server services option?
In this there should be an option to install the Os .....
Go through the system a management higherarchy and look for the ISO downloads I mentioned build and update, OS install assist, etc.
PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
I never use the diagnostics partition either, but if you want to recreate it, you must use the Dell installation utility (SMTD or the LifeCycle Controller/iDRAC, which is not included on the T110 II). It's all of, what, 20MB, so it's not like it's a space hog - I just feel it's unnecessary when you can download the latest version or keep a USB/CD/floppy/network version of the diags handy. (BTW, Wayne, that link is for PC's, not servers.)

You can (and should) download the latest version from Dell:

It will require the latest SP of the OS you install.
Thanks for clarifying PowerEdgeTech
Sometimes you can install Windows Server directly onto these Dell machines, but there can be driver and firmware issues. The link that Arnold offered has, under its System Management category, a downloadable ISO for the "Dell Systems Build and Update Utility" which is what you'd want for Server 2008. Unfortunately, the utility is pretty conservative in what systems it considers supported for particular Windows releases, so it may well not work for 2012 or SBS.

I don't bother with trying to keep the diagnostic partition on servers, but I do prefer to set it up on Dell laptops and desktops that I'm re-installing or upgrading, where the desire to run diagnostics might occur in a location where the disks are not readily at hand.
PowerEdgeTechIT ConsultantCommented:
Yes, OpenManage is a suite of programs, one of which (SBUU/SMTD) is used to facilitate OS installs. This is NOT required - you can install ANY supported OS directly from the installation media - ALL the drivers are available on the Support Site, so there should be no driver issues going this route. SMTD should be used for Servers 2008/2012 (as opposed to SBUU). SMTD requires the latest Service Packs for OS's that are supported, and there is a version of SMTD that supports every supported OS on a given server. The latest, 8.1, probably supports 2012 R2, 2012, 2008 R2 SP1, and 2008 SP2; 7.5 does as well (including SBS).

Server Administrator is the management application installed inside the OS.
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