OpenManage Essentials v2.5 Features and Enhancements with Download

OpenManage Essentials v2.5 Features and Enhancements with Download

OpenManage Essentials

OpenManage Essentials (OME) version 2.5 is the latest release of Dell/EMC enterprise management products. OME provides a central point of access, via a One-to-Many systems management console, to monitor and manage systems by allowing an administrator a comprehensive view across the enterprise environment.

OME can increase system uptime, reduce repetitive tasks, and prevent interruption in critical business operations. The tool is easy to install providing a comprehensive management of Dell PowerEdge modular, rack and tower servers. OME also delivers extensive infrastructure health monitoring, control, and support for Dell/EMC servers, storage, networking and 3rd party hardware. Dell recommends you download the latest version of OME, which is available for Dell customers as a free download.

Note: OpenManage Enterprise is the next generation OpenManage Essentials. It simplifies, centralizes and automates the full span of server lifecycle management activities – discovery, configuration, deployment, updates, and remediation – within a single console that unifies management of tower, rack and modular platforms.

OpenManage 2.5 Essentials Features and Enhancements:

  • Support for the MX7000 chassis (as a standalone chassis and as a lead chassis in an MCM group)
    • Discovery, inventory, monitoring and status polling
    • Alert recognition and traps classification
    • System updates
    • Configuration template creation and deployment
    • Configuration compliance and remediation
    • VLAN configuration on the MX7000 chassis
  • Support for the following devices:
    • Latest 14th generation PowerEdge servers
    • PowerEdge MX7000 modular chassis and enclosed blade servers
    • VxFlex Ready Nodes
  • Feature Usage Tracking to collate data of most commonly used features in OME to help understand customer usage pattern
  • Enhancements:
    • Enhanced view to display catalog baselines associated to the custom device groups
    • Enhanced logic for updates via iDRAC to help reflect correct reboot requirements to minimize downtime for servers
    • Upgrade failure issue, in rare cases, due to database operation timeout has been resolved.
  • Simplify server provisioning through profile-based deployments
  • Enable elasticity of compute resources through definition of a stateless computing pool in a Boot-from-SAN environment
  • Enable simplified server migration for disaster recovery operations
  • Interconnects Management for PowerEdge Modular Infrastructure within OME – Server Configuration Management
    • Simplify M series blade I/O Aggregator and FN IO Module provisioning through template-based deployments
    • Simplified I/O connection and vLAN management for PowerEdge modular infrastructure through an easy tabular interface. It provides direct mapping between blade NIC ports and IOA/IOM server facing ports. vLAN on the IOA/IOM server facing ports can be directly managed.
    • Automate vLAN provisioning as part of blade provisioning by extending server template to include definitions for vLANs on the corresponding IOA/IOM server facing ports.
  • Simplified discovery for Dell PowerEdge modular infrastructure (M1000e, FX2 and VRTX)
    • Elimination of multiple steps in establishing discovery ranges for various components (CMC, iDRACs, and IOAs)
    • Automated speedy discovery of Dell modular infrastructure through use of a single CMC credential
  • Report enhancements include the availability of additional reports and categorizations
  • Alert enhancements provide root-cause sources and recommendations on how to resolve issues
  • Integration with Dell ProSupport SupportAssist for Enterprise Systems for proactive remote support, automated support case creation and hardware failure notification sent securely to Dell technical support for intelligent issue analysis, diagnosis, and part-replacements upon customer request
  • Comprehensive, deep management visibility and control for Dell blades and Chassis Management Controller (CMC), Dell storage and networking devices, through a context sensitive link and launch of the respective element management interface
  • Geographic View at-a-glance visibility of VRTX and FX2 systems’ physical locations geographically mapped
  • Agent-free OOB inventory and update of 11th, 12th ,13th and 14th generation PowerEdge servers
  • Agent-free monitoring of 12th ,13th and 14th generation PowerEdge servers
  • Traditional agent-based systems management functionality in all supported 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th generation PowerEdge servers
  • Monitoring of non-Dell HW devices through import of 3rd party HW SNMP MIBs
  • Reporting of Warranty expiration and comprehensive inventory reports
  • Hardware component-level monitoring and updates for PowerEdge servers, blade systems and internal storage arrays
  • Support and control of Dell hardware in Windows, Linux, VMware, Hyper-V and OpenSource environments
  • Enhanced management functionality through integration with the following Dell solutions:
    • Dell KACE K1000 Appliance – comprehensive, economical and straightforward management of both clients and servers through a single interface
    • Dell Repository Manager – version control and scheduling of PowerEdge server updates
    • Dell OpenManage Power Center – optimization of PowerEdge power usage
  • Ability to create and manage multiple firmware baselines from repository manager files.
  • Support for associating custom device groups with a firmware baseline.
  • Support for generating firmware compliance report of custom device groups and updating non-compliant devices based on compliance report.
  • Support for the latest models of 14th generation PowerEdge servers and networking devices.
  • REST API enhancements:
    • To list and manage discovery ranges for the discovered devices.
    • To manage device groups, add and delete devices from the device groups.
    • To generate firmware compliance reports of device groups.
    • To generate configuration compliance reports of device groups.
    • To view additional inventory information such as controllers, physical disks, power supplies, switches, and virtual disks related information displayed in OpenManage Essentials GUI.
  • Support for simplified device configuration deployment and configuration compliance features by separating deployment templates and configuration baseline.
  • Enhancement in the chassis configuration baseline and deployment template with additional configuration settings for compliance, deployment, and export features.
  • Remediate configuration drift against the server and chassis baselines.
  • Backup and restore server profiles for existing operation without redeploying the servers.
  • Support for SNMPv3-based discovery and events.
  • Simplified modular infrastructure configuration management by combining chassis and IOA configurations.
  • Simplify template editing for boot configurations, network interface settings, and IOA VLAN attributes.
  • Enabling OpenManage Essentials to be used in data centers where ICMP ping is blocked.
  • Enabling the device type-based discovery in the guided wizard.
  • Enabling rediscovery of server or chassis by configuring the static IPv4 address during the configuration deployment task.
  • Support for the following devices:
    • Additional models of networking, storage, and Disk Backup devices:
      • Storage: Compellent SC7020
      • Networking: S6010 - ON, S6100 - ON, S4048T – ON
      • Disk Backup: DR4300, DR4300e, DR6300
    • VxRail and XC series hyper-converged infrastructure
  • Enhancements (from v2.4)

    • Increase in the time interval of the Alert Ignore Action to receive ignore duplicate alerts to a maximum of 24 hours.
    • Ability to save the purged alerts after the maximum size of alerts log is reached.
    • More information in both inventory and hard drive information report to identify if a hard drive is self-encryption capable or Self-Encrypting Drive (SED).
    • Enabling support of Programmable MUX (PMUX) mode for VLAN configuration and VLAN deployment features on IOAs.
    • Capability to export the discovery ranges.
    • Ability to view the virtual I/O pool size of the I/O identity types during the creation of a virtual I/O pool.
    • New capabilities and enhancements in the REST interface.
    • 45% increase in control and scalability across managed devices - from 5500 to 8000
    • Ability to view configuration compliance reports of device groups.
    • Ability to view the number of tasks being executed.
    • Also refer the Release Notes to know the key fixes available in this release.
    • The 'Non-Compliant Systems' view has devices or updates missing, or is completely blank. In a few instances, when the catalog is updated or the Compliance view is refreshed, the Console stops responding and display the message: 'Unhandled error in the application. The data cache did not refresh correctly'.
    • The 'Non-Compliant Systems' view is missing Hyper-V servers which are managed by the operating system IP address
Simple and effective
  • Modern UI and Faster responsiveness
  • Easy to install & low touch maintenance
  • Simple to use and learn

Basic Hardware Element Management

  • Discover, Inventory & Monitoring Dell EMC Servers, storage and networking switches.
  • Update Dell EMC Servers and Chassis.
  • Configure Dell EMC Servers, Chassis and IOA/IOM
  • Asset reporting (ServiceTag, FRU and Warranty, etc)

Agent-free Management

  • Discover and Correlate IDRAC / Server and Blades / Chassis
  • Agent Free Monitoring on 12th, and 13th generation PowerEdge servers.
  • Update 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th generation PowerEdge servers

OpenManage Essentials is an easy-to-use interface that can monitor the health of your devices, update drivers and firmware on your servers and much more. Have a look to see how OME can help make managing your environment easier.

  • Portal– The main dashboard for everything going on in your datacenter.
  • Device Tree– A breakdown of each device, its health, and hardware inventory
  • Alerts– 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.

OpenManage Essentials Portal

The OME Portal is the place to go for a high level view of your datacenter. Charts give the administrator insight into hardware alerts, device health status and the types of devices being managed. Information that used to be obtained through navigating through the product can now be seen from a few clicks on the portal page. The Homepage content is pinned which can be moved around and resized on the page to customize the view. Additional reports can be added to the portal page to provide additional information at a glance.

Figure 1: OME reports

Quick Tour

OpenManage Essentials Device Tree

The device tree gives the administrator the ability to see the different categories of devices in the datacenter along with a "roll-up" health status. Clicking on the top level node for each category (e.g., Server, Network Device) will show the health status, power status and overview information for the device. Clicking on the device itself will show the extensive hardware inventory that was collected along with alerts and system event (SEL) logs. Right-click options provide a quick way to remotely connect as well as launch the element managers of the device.

Figure 2: OME Device tree

Quick Tour

OpenManage Essentials Alerts

The alert console is a full screen version of the alert web part on the OME portal page. It provides extensive filtering and sorting capabilities and allows you to drill down into the message to see all the details on the SNMP alert. OME allows you to set up rules to email alert information as well as launch applications and ignore unimportant alerts.

Figure 3: OpenManage Essentials Alerts

Quick Tour

OpenManage Essentials Patch Compliance Report

After your servers are discovered and inventoried, the patch compliance report is automatically run against the software catalog to show what firmware, BIOS, and drivers might be out of date. Drilling into the chart will bring up a list of servers along with the recommended updates.

OpenManage Essentials Patch Compliance Report
Figure 4: OpenManage Essentials Patch Compliance Report

Quick Tour

OpenManage Essentials Patch / Software Update

Bringing your servers up to date with the latest drivers is as easy as checking the servers and software update packages and hitting the "Apply" button.

OpenManage Essentials Patch / Software Update
Figure 5: OpenManage Essentials Patch / Software Update

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OpenManage Essentials Tasks

OME includes the ability to create your own command line tasks to target to your group of servers. This can be a command line script, OMRemote/OMConfig, RACADM, or IPMI task. Power Control tasks to reboot/power off servers are included, as are tasks to deploy OMSA.

OpenManage Essentials Patch / Software Update
Figure 6: OpenManage Essentials Patch / Software Update

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OpenManage Essentials Reports

OME collects a tremendous amount of hardware data. The report section is the place to go to view the inventory data for all of your systems in one location. The grid reports also have a powerful sorting and filtering feature to let you customize the way you view your data. OME also includes a warranty report so you can check on the status of your Dell server warranty.

OpenManage Essentials Reports
Figure 7: OpenManage Essentials Patch / Software Update

Quick Tour

Discussion Forum

Downloads and Documentation:

OpenManage Essentials v2.5 is available as a free download from the Dell Support Site. The OME console's inventory function integrates with the Dell Repository Manager to automatically facilitate the creation of custom repositories of new updates for your systems.

If you are new to the product refer to the product documentation or use the Troubleshooting tool or SNMP Configuration tool:

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Article ID: SLN312494

Last Date Modified: 01/18/2019 07:25 AM

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