This article explains the different options to manage Dell PowerEdge servers.
Installation guides and advanced configuration are provided in the interactive users guides.
The basic level of management is provided by the iDRAC, a controller card embedded in the motherboard. Advanced mangement options are provided at an operating system level with the OpenManage suite. This suite is a collection of software that helps you discover, monitor, manage, and deploy Dell servers.
If needed, this article
explains how to identify the generation of a Dell PowerEdge.
Overview of the Management System
This table describes the 3 levels of management, clicking on a menu will display more information.
Manage local device.
Can be access remotely.
||Independent of OS.
|OpenManage Server Administrator
Manage one server
Can be access remotely.
Console to manage infrastructure.
Can be access remotely.
||Installation under Windows.
All Dell devices supported.
Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC)
The iDRAC is a piece of hardware that sits on the server motherboard that allows Systems Administrators to update and manage Dell systems, even when the server is turned off.
The iDRAC also provides both a web interface and command line interface that allows administrators to perform remote management tasks. Almost all current Dell servers have the option for an iDRAC.
IDRAC functionalities are depending of the license level. More information about licensing are available in this article.
Note: An advantage of the iDRAC include being able to launch a remote console session (similar to Remote Desktop but works even when the OS is not booted up), remote reboot or power on/off your system, and map a virtual disk drive to a remote file share or OS deployment.
The Virtual Console is a very powerfull to all support maintenance operation. How to use the Virtual Media is explained in this article.
The Dell Lifecycle Controller, which is a component of the iDRAC, is another useful tool that allows for advanced functionality around updating, backing up and restoring firmware updates on your Dell Server either through a GUI or command-line interface.
Lifecycle Controller is the tool to use to deploy operating system, more information about OS Deployment in this article.
How to setup and configure the iDRAC is available on this article.
iDRAC Interactive Manuals are available on the eSupport site.
For the iDRAC 8 and previous versions, the default login is user: root
password: calvin .
For more recent iDRAC please read this article.
OpenManage Server Administrator (OMSA)
OpenManage Server Administrator (OMSA) provides a comprehensive, one-to-one
system management solution in two ways:
- from an integrated, web browser-based graphical user interface (GUI)
- from a command line interface (CLI) through the operating system.
Server Administrator is designed for system administrators to manage systems locally and remotely on a network.
To get the latest version, please visit the OMSA Download Page.
OMSA is available in two types of file:
- Managed node: Agents and web components are installed. (Windows, Linux)
- VIB: Agents of OMSA without web components (VMware).
When OMSA is installed without web components, you have to access this OMSA from another device where web components are installed.
User Guides are available online
for more information about installation process.
Once OMSA is installed, to access the interface please enter the following URL in a navigator.
Note: If you have troubles to connect, try locally using https://localhost:1311/ . It will remove most of firewall issues.
A login page will appear asking to fill the username and the password.
Note: Use the operating system administrator credentials.
OpenManage Server Administrator is now installed and ready to be used. User Guides are available online
Technical resources for OpenManage Server Administrator are available on the Management TechCenter, for example sample scripts for OpenManage.
OpenManage Essentials is a hardware management application that provides a complete view of Dell systems, devices, and components in the enterprise’s network.
With OpenManage Essentials, an one‑to‑many
systems management application for Dell systems and other devices, you can:
- Discover and inventory the system.
- Monitor the health of the system.
- View and manage system alerts.
- Perform system updates and remote tasks.
- View hardware inventory and compliance reports
- Portal – The main dashboard for everything going on in your datacenter.
- Device Tree – A breakdown of each device, its health, and hardware inventory
- Alert Console – A single location for all SNMP alerts and the ability to email, ignore, or launch apps.
- Patch / Driver Compliance Report – The dashboard for keeping up with out-of-date drivers and firmware
- Software Update – Quickly and easily patch your servers to the recommended level, or choose your own level.
- Tasks – One to many tasks for power control, deploying OMSA, and your own command line tasks or scripts.
- Reports - Pre-defined reports to display all of the hardware inventory from your systems. Warranty reporting as well.