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Support for Dell EMC OpenManage Server Administrator (OMSA)

Summary: OpenManage Server Administrator (OMSA) is a software agent that provides a comprehensive, one-to-one systems management solution in two ways: from an integrated, Web browser-based graphical user interface (GUI) and from a command line interface (CLI) through the operating system. ...

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OpenManage Server Administrator (OMSA) is a software agent that provides a comprehensive, one-to-one systems management solution in two ways:

  • Integrated web browser-based graphical user interface (GUI)
  • Command line interface (CLI) through the operating system

OMSA is designed so that system administrators can manage server systems both locally and remotely on a network. It enables system administrators to focus on managing the entire network by providing comprehensive one-to-one systems management. In the context of Server Administrator, a system refers to a stand-alone system, a system with attached network storage units in a separate chassis, or a modular system consisting of one or more server modules in a modular enclosure. Server Administrator provides information about:

  • Systems that are operating properly and systems that have problems
  • Systems that require remote recovery operations

OpenManage Enterprise is a systems management and monitoring application that provides a comprehensive view of the Dell EMC servers, chassis, storage, and network switches on the enterprise network. The integrated Dell Remote Access Contoller (iDRAC) provides similar information and functionality in an out-of-band method as well as access regardless of the operating system state.

How to download and install

OpenManage Server Adminstrator is supported on most versions of Microsoft Windows, Linux and ESXi operating systems. Additionally, OMSA can be installed in different deployment scenarios to minimize the footprint on the managed system and remotely managed. Please review the OpenManage Installation Guide - Linux (includes ESXi) and OpenManage Installation Guide - Microsoft Windows in Documentation for futher information.

To download the latest version of OpenManage Server Administrator (OMSA) for your system:

  • Navigate to and select the server model or enter the service tag.
  • Select Drivers & downloads
  • Select the Operating System for your system
  • Keyword Server Administrator
  • Download the Dell EMC OpenManage Server Administrator or Managed Node

This article outlines the steps that are required to install OpenManage Server Administrator on a Windows operating system to manage your Dell PowerEdge Server.

Installing OMSA

You can install Server Administrator on multiple systems through an unattended installation across a network. The Dell OpenManage installer provides installation scripts and RPM packages to install and uninstall Dell OpenManage Server Administrator and other managed system software components on your managed system.

SLN312492_en_US__2icon Note: If you have a modular system, you must install Server Administrator on each server module that is installed in the chassis.
SLN312492_en_US__2icon Uninstall any old versions of OMSA first. Restart not required.

Performing the Installation of OMSA

Step 1: 

Unpack the downloaded Dell OpenManage Server Administrator Managed Node file default unpack location C:\OpenManage.

Once unpacked please browse to C:\OpenManage\windows and run the and run the setup.exe to begin the installation on the Server/Host, you wish to manage.
The Dell Open Manage Install window appears and will prompt you to choose what utility to install.  

Step 1: The Dell OpenManage Server Administrator prerequisite status screen displays and runs the prerequisite checks for the managed system.

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Resolve all error and warning situations before continuing the installation. When ready to install, click Server Administrator.

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Step 2:

The Dell OpenManage Server Administrator Wizard appears, click Next. 

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Step 3:

Accept the license agreement, and click Next.

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Step 4:

Select the type of installation required:

Typical: All program features are installed.

Custom: Choose which features you want to be installed and choose the installation directory.

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To perform a custom installation, select Custom and click Next to continue.

Step 5:

Select the features to install, and check the destination folder. When ready to continue, click Next.

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Step 6:

To begin the installation click Install.

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Step 7:

The installation process begins.

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Step 8:

When the installation has completed, click Finish to exit the installer.

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Log in OpenManage Server Administrator

You can access the Dell OpenManage web interface using the icon on the desktop or from any computer on the same network as the host by using a web browser.

Enter the IP of the host operating system followed by the OMSA post number 1311.

Launch the OpenManage web interface (sample - or https://localhost:1311) (replace with your host server’s IP address).

Skip any certificate error to proceed or add IP to your trusted zone.

Log in using your local administrator username and password for the host.



Install OMSA

The Dell knowledge base has a complete library of manuals of all versions of OMSA. These manuals contain instructions on the installation process for OMSA on most enterprise operating systems, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Follow the steps below to find the instructions for your operating system:
  1. Go to the OMSA documentation page
  2. Scroll down to the "Manuals" section and locate "Dell EMC OpenManage Installation Guide—Linux Version" followed by the latest version available
  3. Select "View Page"
  4. This brings you to the OMSA installation guide for the Linux family of operating system including Red Hat Enterprise Linux
  5. On the left side of this page is the table of contents 
  6. Scroll down to "Installing Managed System Software On Supported Linux and VMware ESXi operating systems". All the links and documentation necessary for installing OMSA on Red Hat Enterprise Linux can be found here.


To access the documentation and details for individual versions, select your OpenManage Server Administrator version. Then click on the "Manuals & documents" tab. The OMSA User's Guide and additional documents will be displayed. Additional documents include Installation Guides, Command Line Interface (CLI) Guide, Release Notes, and more.


Get more assistance and discuss more at the OpenManage Server Administrator community forums





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OpenManage Server Administrator

Last Published Date

28 Feb 2023



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