Dell OpenManage Client Instrumentation (OMCI) Feature Overview

Dell OpenManage Client Instrumentation (OMCI) Feature Overview

The key features of OMCI are:

  • CIM 2.17 schema support
  • BIOS configuration
  • WMI security
  • Event reporting
  • Remote shutdown
  • Access to system information using WMI-CIM protocol and WSMAN
  • Compilation of detailed asset information
  • Remote wake-up configurability
  • Remote modification of system settings
  • Monitoring of system health and reports status
  • Raid alert and Raid reporting for the Raid controllers which work on CSMI v .81 compliant driver.

CIM 2.17 Schema Support

OMCI conforms to the CIM 2.17 Schema, and includes two WMI providers:

  • Dell WMI Indication Provider or Polling Agent
  • Dell WMI Instance or Method Provider

BIOS Configuration

OMCI provides the ability to configure a system BIOS, including management of its boot order.

WMI Security

WMI provides user authentication before granting access to CIM data and methods. Access privileges are enforced by Distributed Component Object Model (DCOM) security and CIMOM. Access, whether full or limited, is granted to users on per-namespace basis. There is no class implementation or property-level security. By default, users who are members of the administrators group have full local and remote access to WMI.
You can configure WMI security using the WMI Control available in the Computer Management console under the Services and Applications section. Right-click WMI Control, and then click Properties. You can configure namespace-specific security from the Security tab. You can also execute WMI Control from the Start menu or from the command prompt, by running wmimgmt.msc.

Event Reporting

OMCI detects events on Dell systems and alerts the local user and network administrator about potential failures, configuration changes, and chassis intrusions. These events are displayed by a systems management application such as Open Manage Essentials (OME).

Remote Shut Down

OMCI supports remote system shut down and reboot.

Information Access

OMCI provides access to system information such as BIOS revision and system model through WMI using CIM. The WSMAN protocol can also be used to access this information through WMI.

Detailed Asset Information

OMCI provides access to detailed inventory information such as processors, PCI devices, and batteries.

Remote Wake-Up Configuration

OMCI supports configuration of remote wake-up settings. Remote wake-up is a function of the client system and Network Interface Card (NIC).

Remote Modification of System Settings

OMCI allows IT administrators to retrieve and set Dell business client BIOS settings such as USB port configuration, boot order, and NIC settings.

System Health and Status

OMCI monitors the system health such as fan status and reports the status through NT event log entries and CIM events.

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Article ID: SLN283231

Last Date Modified: 08/08/2014 12:56 PM

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