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.
Enhancements (from v2.4)
Basic Hardware Element Management
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.
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
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
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
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.
Figure 4: OpenManage Essentials Patch Compliance Report
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.
Figure 5: OpenManage Essentials Patch / Software Update
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.
Figure 6: OpenManage Essentials Patch / Software Update
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.
Figure 7: OpenManage Essentials Patch / Software Update
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:
Article ID: SLN312494
Last Date Modified: 01/18/2019 07:25 AM
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