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Dell EMC Storage SC and PS - How to install Dell EMC Storage Manager with Data Collector

Summary: Storage Manager allows you to monitor, manage, and analyze Storage Center SANs, FluidFS clusters, and Fluid Cache clusters from a centralized management console. The Storage ManagerSee more

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HOW12428_en_US__1icon Note: For more details about installation and upgrade, please read the full documentation. Click here for download.



Dell Storage Manager is compatible with Storage Center versions 6.5-7.2 and PS Series group firmware 7.0-9.1.


Table of Contents:

  1. Download the Dell EMC Storage Manager
  2. Install Dell EMC Data Collector
    2.1 Updating the Storage Manager Data Collector
  3. Install the Storage Manager Client on Windows
  4. Use the Client to Connect to the Data Collector
  5. Add Storage Centers to Storage Manager

1. Dell EMC Storage Manager download for Windows

Download Dell Storage Manager 2016 R3 Full version for Windows from the Dell Drivers and Downloads site by selecting your Dell product by service tag or product selector.


HOW12428_en_US__1icon To check and download the latest Storage Manager Data Collector software from the Knowledge Center by logging on to the customer or partner portal (from



2. Install Dell EMC Data Collector

Unzip the file
Launch "Storage Manager Data Collector Setup.exe" to start the installation.

Any of the following 64-bit operating systems with the latest service packs are compatible:

  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2012
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2016


HOW12428_en_US__1icon NOTE: 32-bit operating systems are not supported, and Windows Server Core is not supported.

Select a language from the drop-down menu and click OK and then click Install.



HOW12428_en_US__1icon Note: If the wizard requires the system reboot in this step, please reboot.


Click Next. The License Agreement page appears. Read the license agreement and then click Yes to accept it.

Click Finish


The Storage Manager Data Collector Setup wizard will be appear.


HOW12428_en_US__1icon Note: The Storage Manager Data Collector Setup wizard can take a long time to appear.
  • Under Data Collector Type, select Configure as Primary Data Collector.
  • In the Data Source Type drop-down menu, select a database type.


Embedded database (File System): If you decide to use the embedded database, the Data Collector can retain only 30 days worth of data, and the database size cannot exceed 64 GB. The embedded database is not recommended for a production environment.


HOW12428_en_US__1icon Note: If you plan to use an external database (Microsoft SQL Server or MySQL), prepare the database by performing the task that corresponds to your database type. Page 16 from documentation available here .


If you select the File System database, the next screen will be displayed:


Select Next in the step "SMI-S Server Properties":


Select the network adapter and specify the memory limit for the Data Collector. To select a network adapter automatically, select the Automatically Select Network Adapter check box. In the Max Memory Settings area, select an option to specify the maximum amount of memory that can be used by the Data Collector. If the Data Collector manages many Storage Centers, increasing this limit can improve performance.


To accept the SupportAssist System State Information Collection and Storage agreement, select the check box below the agreement.


HOW12428_en_US__1icon Note: SupportAssist collects diagnostic data from Storage Manager then sends it to technical support. If you do not accept the agreement, proactive technical support services that rely on SupportAssist will not be available to you.



Create an administrator user. 

HOW12428_en_US__1icon NOTE: Record the user name and password. You will need this information to log on to Storage Manage after installation is complete. It's recommended use the same user (Admin) and password from storage SC.
Type a user name, password, and password confirmation.


Wait the Data Collector Service start. After the Data Collector starts, the Setup is Complete pages appears. Click Finish.


2.1. Updating the Storage Manager Data Collector


Storage Manager manages Dell storage products and also provides management integration for Microsoft (SCVMM) and VMware products (SRM). If you are upgrading the Dell EMC Storage Manager, please check the release notes and Management Compatibility before upgrade. Click here to read the Release Notes.


HOW12428_en_US__1icon Note: It's recommended consistent backup before upgrade the Dell EMC Data Collector.


Run the "Storage Manager Data Collector Setup.exe".
Select Yes to performance an upgrade.


Follow the steps described in step 2. Option d until e.


HOW12428_en_US__1icon NOTE: Please allow at least 60 minutes for the Data Collector service to start. If the service takes longer than 60 minutes, contact technical support.


3. Install the Storage Manager Client on Windows

The Storage Manager Client is an application that connects to a Data Collector or directly to a Storage Center, allowing you to view and manage Storage Centers. You can install the client on the Data Collector server or a computer that has network connectivity to the Data Collector server.

Launch "Storage Manager Client Setup.exe"
Use the wizard to install the Storage Manager Client.

4. Use the Client to Connect to the Data Collector

After the Storage Manager Client is installed, use it to connect to the Data Collector.

Start the Storage Manager Client application.


If the Welcome screen appears, select a language then click Log into a Storage Center or Data Collector.


Complete the following fields:
  • User Name: Type the name of the Storage Manager user that was created during Data Collector installation.
  • Password: Type the password for the user. You can also use the password of a Storage Manager user that was previously created.
  • Host/IP: Type the host name or IP address of the server that hosts the Data Collector. If the Data Collector and Client are installed on the same system, you can type localhost instead.
  • Web Server Port: If you changed the Web Server Port during installation, type number of the updated port. The default port is 3033.
  • Click Log In.


HOW12428_en_US__1icon Note: Do not select the Use Windows Credentials check box (if present) at this time. To use this feature, the Data Collector must be configured for Active Directory and Kerberos.



5. Add Storage Centers to Storage Manager

Use the Client to add the Storage Centers that you want to centrally manage.
The Storage Manager Data Collector must have connectivity to the Storage Center managment interface.

In the Storage Manager Client, click Add Storage Center,  Add PS Group or Add FluidFS Cluster. The Add Storage Center dialog box appears.


Type Storage Center logon information.
  • Host Name: Type the host name or IP address of a Storage Center controller. For a dual-controller Storage Center, type the IP address or host name of the management controller. For Series PS type the Group Manager IP Address.
  • User Name and Password: Type the user name and password.
  • (Optional) Configure the Storage Center to use settings applied to another Storage Center by selecting the Inherit settings from existing Storage Center check box.

Next Steps

After installation is complete, perform basic tasks to configure Storage Manager for your environment.
See the Storage Manager Administrator's Guide for detailed configuration instructions.


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Last Published Date

13 Apr 2021



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