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OpenManage Server Administrator 9.2 - webserver only issue

Hello all together, I installed the latest OMSA 9.2 VIB on my ESXi v6.7 host and rebooted the machine. The module is loaded correcly. I tried to install the Dell EMC OpenManage Server Administrator Managed Node für Windows, v9.2.0 several times but I the installer only shows the "web server" under custom installation mode. The readme says this happens on not supported operating systems, but we are running Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard (virtual machine on this host), which is supported in my eyes. Am I missing any point why this **bleep** tool won't install completely? Thanks in advance and If you need any further information, please ask.
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Re: OpenManage Server Administrator 9.2 - webserver only iss

Hello,

With OMSA on ESXi, it's pretty common to install the client onto a VM, the way you are. It only installs the one service, because the VM can't reach the hardware. It would want you to provide the IP of the host, so that the OMSA client on your VM can talk to the OMSA agent on the ESXi host. The other services don't get installed, because the installer thinks it's an unsupported platform, since it doesn't pick up the iDRAC. Below is a link to the install guide of OMSA for ESXi:

https://www.dell.com/support/article/how10613/how-to-install-openmanage-server-administrator-omsa-on...

Hopefully that helps out. The instance on your Windows VM should only be needing the single service, since it can't query the information directly, and needs to be pointed at the IP of the host, so it can work with the ESXi OMSA agent.

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Re: OpenManage Server Administrator 9.2 - webserver only iss

Oh I see, that makes sense. Thanks for the explanation!

My purpose to install the OMSA was to add a new HDD to an existing RAID-5 vmfs5 volume. Unfortunately the iDRAC installed in our server (PowerEdge T630) does not allow me to add a new HDD to a VMFS volume but only to create new vmfs volumes with the blank drives.

As I read in support articles, the OMSA should be capable of doing that in the "Storage" Menu. With the web-server only installation and connecting it to the ESXi host, the "Storage" menu doesn't show up.

It is a little bit off-topic but is there any other way to add a HDD to the vmfs volume, ideally without rebooting the whole machine?

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Re: OpenManage Server Administrator 9.2 - webserver only iss

I was so sure that the 13G iDRAC added the functionality to expand an array, but the test system I'm working with isn't presenting the option and the documentation is silent on the subject. With that being the case, OMSA would be your best option. If you did install the host agent and reboot before, then we should be good. If not, you'd need a maintenance window. OMSA should let you perform this expansion from the Virtual Disks sub tab, then from the dropdown menu for the virtual disk, there should be a reconfigure option.

Failing OMSA, you can do this from the F2 BIOS menu, then going to devices, the PERC, then choosing to manage the VD. The pathing I don't have committed to memory, but it should be pretty simple to locate if you need to go there. 

The datasore/filesystem piece you should be able to do in the web client using Datastores > Increase Datastore Capacity. VMware's KB here doesn't make mention of needing a reboot for it, nor did they in some of the other articles they published.

https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-vSphere/6.5/com.vmware.vsphere.storage.doc/GUID-D57FEF5D-75F1-433D...

If you have both pieces of OMSA installed, the best way to do what you're looking to do would be to use OMSA to expand the array from the Virtual Disks section, then expand the datastore/filesystem using VMware tools.

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Re: OpenManage Server Administrator 9.2 - webserver only iss

Okay, it seems the BIOS way is the only possible for me since the OMSA does not show me the virtual disks.
The VIB was installed following the guide and is installed as you can see in the output of

esxcli software vib list

https://pastebin.com/FM2bz6jP

 

OMSA web connected the esx host above shows me the following menu entries:

MobaXterm screenshot.pngOMSA screenshotI think the virtual disks should show up below "Speichermedien" but it says it cannot find any controller although the PERC is installed in PCI slot # 8 which i can see under the "Steckplätze" (slots) menu.

 

Thanks anyway for your great assistance!

Greetings

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