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OMSA, OME, ESXi 5.x

Can OME use an AD account in order to upgrade dell components (i.e bios) when managing an ESXi host via OMSA agent?

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Re: OMSA, OME, ESXi 5.x

Hi,

Thanks for your post. For updating ESXi hosts you will have to use out of band update mechanism using iDrac. It will work on 11G and 12G servers. You cannot use OMSA with OME for ESXi updates.

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Abhijit

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chapinreyes
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Re: OMSA, OME, ESXi 5.x

Thanks for the post.  Do you have any URLs, documentation to do out of band updates? I know in the past you could use OMSA with OME to update ESXi hosts.    There was some documentation in the past: en.community.dell.com/.../20044238.aspx

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Re: OMSA, OME, ESXi 5.x

Here is the link for the white paper for updates using OME.

http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/extras/m/white_papers/20217144.aspx

OME uses OMSA to retrieve hardware inventory and health from ESXi server.

 It can only update ESXi servers using iDrac and WS-Man protocol.

Regards

Abhijit

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chapinreyes
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Re: OMSA, OME, ESXi 5.x

Perfect, thank you so much for your help!  Do you know what level of permissions OME needs in order to update ESXi servers using iDrac and WS-man protocol?  I already have the VIB installed, but i can't seem to find any information on that.  So it looks like once the OMSA agent is running, it seems that OME will update by connecting through the iDRAC?  Will an user/password with some type of privileges be needed on the ESXi host?  If yes, are AD accounts supported?

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Re: OMSA, OME, ESXi 5.x

For applying  updates, you will need the administrator credentials for the iDrac on ESXi host.

The mechanism doesn't really use hypervisor so it doesn't need any ESXi host credentials.

For discovery/inventory and health information you will need use root account on ESXi server.

Here is a link to white paper for ESXi support:

http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/extras/m/white_papers/20071085.aspx

Regards

Abhijit

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chapinreyes
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Re: OMSA, OME, ESXi 5.x

Can an AD account with admin privs be configured in order for OME to to discovery/inventory and health information?  Do you have any documentation on this?

We are planning to use iDrac and WS-Man protocol to update ESXi servers.  But wanted to find out if we can set up an AD account in order for OME to inventory etc rather than the root account?

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Re: OMSA, OME, ESXi 5.x

If you have 12G servers you can use the same iDrac account and WS-MAN to get discovery/inventory and health information. You won't need a separate account.

Here is a link to a white paper which will provide more information on how to

setup and manage various devices in OME

http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/extras/m/white_papers/20281547.aspx

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chapinreyes
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Re: OMSA, OME, ESXi 5.x

Ok I understand that.  So if for 12G servers you can use the same iDRAc account and WS-Man to get discovery, how about on R710s which I believe are 11G servers?.  And, what about 2950s and M600s servers?

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Re: OMSA, OME, ESXi 5.x

If you go over the last white paper mentioned above, it will guide you about managing that server with OME based on the generation of servers and the OS(Windows/Linux/ESXi)

Regards

Abhijit

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