Dell OpenManage Server Administrator 7.2 supports Microsoft Windows Server 2012. Windows Server 2012 allows you to disable the User Interface and WOW components/functionality. Dell OpenManage Server Administrator supports Windows 2012 both with and without (Server Core) User Interface. Installation of Server Administrator without WOW will fails with the following error:
Windows Installer service could not be accessed. Contact your support personnel to verify that it is properly registered and enabled."
The reason for the failure is:
Windows 2012 Server Core (pure 64 bit) does not have WOW component. During the OMSA installation the MSI is trying to execute a 32 bit custom action which fails without WOW component.
How to install Server Administrator on Windows 2012 Server Core Edition:
Do the following to install Server Administrator on a Server Core. Once installed, you can launch OMSA using a supported remote browser.
- Enable WOW component. Run the following command from the Server Core command prompt:
dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:ServerCore-WOW64
- Install x64 Server Administrator. Run the following command to install
Msiexec /i SysMgmtx64.msi
- Disable WOW: Run the following command to disable WOW feature.
dism /online /disable-feature /featurename:ServerCore-WOW64
NOTE: Disabling or enabling the WOW component would require system reboot.
- Server Administrator is installed. You can launch the Server Administrator from a remote device as Server Core does not have the user interface.