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OpenManage Enterprise Integration for VMware vCenter

Summary: This article discusses what the OpenManage Enterprise Integration for VMware vCenter is, what the latest release is, and consolidated resources for quick reference.

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What is the OpenManage Enterprise Integration for VMware vCenter?

The Dell Dell EMC OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter for VMware vCenter (OMIVV) is designed to streamline the management processes in your data center environment by allowing you to use VMware vCenter Server to manage your full server infrastructure - both physical and virtual. With the latest release, the new OpenManage Enterprise Integration for VMware vCenter (OMEVV) carries on that same goal, now leveraging OpenManage Enterprise as the administration portal. Both of these tools aim to help with administration in your VMware-based PowerEdge environment by:

  • Monitoring PowerEdge hardware inventory directly in Host and Cluster views and provided plug-in dashboard within vCenter
  • Bubble up hardware system alerts for configurable actions in vCenter.
  • Managing firmware alongside vSphere Lifecycle Manager in vSphere 7.0 and higher
  • Set baselines for server configuration and firmware levels with cluster aware updates for non-vSphere Lifecycle Manager vSphere and vSAN clusters
  • Speed deployment of ESXi to new PowerEdge servers and add them to managed vCenters.

In addition to the integration for vCenter, OMIVV includes rights for a server management pack for vRealize Operations Manager. This leverages the vCenter integration to provide new dashboards, giving hardware relationship mapping into the vRealize Operations data for better troubleshooting and combined reporting.

For OMEVV, rights are also included with the OpenManage Enterprise Advanced+ licensing. However, the compatible server management pack for vRealize Operations is forthcoming.

 


OpenManage Enterprise Integration for VMware vCenter - Value proposition

For an overview of what the integration can do for you as a VMware administrator, see the below video:


YouTube video: Dell Dell EMC OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter for VMware vCenter (2:04)


Getting Started

Dell Dell EMC OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter for VMware vCenter (OMIVV)

A download of the Dell OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter 5.4 comes with a free five hosts, 90-day evaluation license to test out the product and see if it meets your requirements. It is recommended you check out the latest Release Notes and Installation Guide to be familiar with the prerequisites before starting the installation.

OpenManage Enterprise Integration for VMware vCenter (OMEVV)

For the new OpenManage Enterprise (OME) plug-in version, OpenManage Enterprise 3.9 must first be downloaded and installed. The OMEVV plug-in is available from the Consoles and Plugins section of OpenManage Enterprise, or can be downloaded and manually installed from here. To try it, OpenManage Advanced+ licenses are needed on the servers to be managed. Temporary licenses are acquired here. It is also recommended you check out the latest OpenManage Enterprise installation documents.

Latest Updates

The OpenManage Enterprise Integration for VMware vCenter v1.0.1 (Direct plug-in download) (Latest manuals)

  • An OpenManage Enterprise (OME) plug-in that allows firmware updates within vCenter for hosts or clusters
  • Discovery of PowerEdge hosts managed by vCenter to add to OpenManage Enterprise inventory
  • PowerEdge inventory, health monitoring, and alerting in vCenter
  • Ties into vCenter cluster policies: Pro-Active HA, Cluster aware firmware with vSphere Lifecycle Manager and with legacy support, noncluster hosts firmware update.
  • Log support in both OpenManage Enterprise and vCenter
  • Full API support
  • Support for management of up to 4,000 vCenter managed hosts within a single OpenManage Enterprise + OMEVV instance
  • Full Role and scope-based controls of OpenManage Enterprise for administration panel control
  • Reporting in OpenManage Enterprise of OMEVV group hosts in Maintenance Mode

OpenManage Management Pack for vRealize Operations v2.1 (2.1 Download) (2.1 Install Guide)

  • Support for OMIVV 4.3.1, 5.1, 5.2, 5.2.1, 5.3, 5.3.1, and 5.4
  • Support for vRealize Operations Manager 8.0, 8.1, 8.2, 8.3, 8.4, 8.5, and 8.6
  • Dashboards support of Celcius widgets
  • Support for the new OMEVV version is forthcoming.

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OpenManage Enterprise Integration for VMware vCenter Features

Table 1: Features
OMIVV OMEVV Features Description
Y Y BIOS and firmware updates
  • Be able to schedule and deploy firmware stack updates for PowerEdge servers directly within vCenter, including with vSphere Lifecycle Manager (vCenter 7.0 and higher).
  • With both vSphere and vSAN clusters that have VMware DRS enabled, be able to deploy cluster aware updates that set a host in maintenance mode, update, then bring it back online before moving to the next for non-vSphere Lifecycle Manager clusters.
Y Y Deep level detail for hardware inventory
  • Full inventory information about PowerEdge server and chassis, such as quantity, part type, and slot, for Dell certified components such as processor, memory, I/O cards, fan or thermal details, local storage, and more.
  • Chassis level inventory and information via the vCenter UI will be forthcoming in 1.1.0
Y Y Online warranty information
  • Key support information is available within vCenter for your PowerEdge environment by including service tag, service provider, warranty type, and service dates at the server, chassis, or cluster level.
Y OMMP support coming in 1.1.0 Monitoring and alerting
  • Hardware information and alerts that are pulled into vCenter with controls to allow for setting the notification and manual approval or automatic events in relation to the alert.
  • Support for VMware ProActive HA to further leverage vCenter policies on automating specific hardware redundancy loss events.
  • With the OpenManage Management Pack for vRealize Operations, also see top alerts and health status within vRealize Operations (For OMEVV, forthcoming in 1.1.0 with OMMP 3.0)
Y vCenter UI support for deployment coming in 1.1.0 Host configuration and ESXi deployments
  • Link up hardware configurations and specific ESXi images so after connecting to a PowerEdge host, configuration, and deployment can be done quickly and bring the host into vCenter (For OMEVV 1.0.0 available within OpenManage Enterprise 3.9 functions; forthcoming through vCenter in 1.1.0).
  • With PowerEdge servers that are ordered with Provisioning Server Enabled, be able to automatically detect the bare-metal host when added to the management network and quickly configure the hardware, deploy ESXi, and bring it into vCenter (For OMEVV 1.0.0, bare-metal discovery and image deployment is through OpenManage Enterprise 3.9. Deployment through vCenter forthcoming in 1.1.0)
Y Server configuration in vCenter coming in future releases Compliance baselines for vSphere and vSAN
  • Set vSphere and vSAN baselines to track against managed servers across server configuration, firmware levels, or driver levels to help maintain corporate or support compliance levels both with vSphere Lifecycle Manager and without (For OMEVV 1.0.0, server configuration is available through OpenManage Enterprise 3.9; forthcoming through vCenter in future releases).


Table 2: OMEVV Version Matrix
Version vSphere Support vCenter Support vSphere Client Support OM Management Pack for vROps support
OMEVV 1.0.x 6.7 U3 - 7.0 U3 7.0 U2 - 7.0 U3 HMTL5 Forthcoming
OMIVV 5.4 6.0 U3 - 7.0 U3 6.5 U2 - 6.5 U3, 6.7 - 6.7 U3, 7.0 - 7.0 U3 HMTL5 2.1
OMIVV 5.3.1 6.0 U3 - 7.0 U2 6.5 U2 - 6.5 U3, 6.7 - 6.7 U3, 7.0 - 7.0 U2 HMTL5 2.1
OMIVV 5.3 6.0 U3 - 7.0 U2 6.5 U2 - 6.5 U3, 6.7 - 6.7 U3, 7.0 - 7.0 U2 HMTL5 2.1
OMIVV 5.2.1 6.0 U3 - 7.0 U1 6.5 U2 - 6.5 U3, 6.7 - 6.7 U3, 7.0 - 7.0 U1 HMTL5 2.1
OMIVV 5.2 6.0 U3 - 7.0 U1 6.5 U2 - 6.5 U3, 6.7 - 6.7 U3, 7.0 - 7.0 U1 HMTL5 2.1
OMIVV 5.1 6.0 U3 - 7.0 6.5 U2 - 6.5 U3, 6.7 - 6.7 U3, 7.0 HMTL5 2.1
OMIVV 5.0 6.0 U3 - 6.7 U3 6.5 U2 - 6.5 U3, 6.7 - 6.7 U3 HMTL5 2.0


Table 3: OMMP for vROps Version Matrix
OM Management Pack for vROps Version vROps Support Version Support
2.1 8.0 - 8.6 OMIVV 4.3.1, 5.1, 5.2, 5.2.1, 5.3, 5.3.1, 5.4
2.0 6.7 - 7.5 OMIVV 5.0
1.2 6.5 - 7.0 OMIVV 4.2 - 4.3.1
1.1 6.5 - 6.6 OMIVV 4.1 - 4.2
1.0 6.3 - 6.5 OMIVV 4.0 - 4.1
 

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OpenManage Enterprise Integration for VMware vCenter - Downloads

Table 4: OMIVV Downloads (OVF deployments)
Current Version Prior Version
OMEVV 1.0.1 OMIVV 5.4

 

OpenManage Management Pack for vRealize Operations - Downloads

Table 5: Prior OMMP for vROps Downloads
Version Requirement
2.1 OMIVV 4.3.1, 5.1 - 5.4
2.0 OMIVV 5.0
1.2 OMIVV 4.2 - 4.3.1
1.1 OMIVV 4.0 - 4.1
1.0 OMIVV 4.0 - 4.1

OpenManage Enterprise Integration for VMware vCenter - Manuals

Table 6: Manuals and Documentation
Latest OMEVV Latest OMIVV Latest OMMP for vROPs
1.0.1 5.4 2.1


Whitepapers

Migrating from OMIVV to OMEVV
Maintaining hardware compatibility of vSAN clusters using OMIVV
Proactive HA with OMIVV


Other Resources

Dell OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter videos

Setup considerations and installation

Firmware baselines and updates

General usage

Updating OMIVV

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Affected Product

VMware ESXi, VMware vCenter Lifecycle Manager, VMware vCenter Server, VMware vMotion, VMware VSAN, Vmware Vsphere, VMware vSphere Client Plug-ins

Last Published Date

15 Nov 2022

Version

14

Article Type

Solution