OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter

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

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What is the OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter?

The OpenManage Integration 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.

  • Monitoring PowerEdge hardware inventory directly in Host and Cluster views and the OMIVV 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.

 


OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter - Value proposition

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


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


Getting Started

A download of the OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter 5.3 comes with a free 5 host, 90-day evaluation license to test out the product and see if it meets your needs. It's strongly recommended you check out the Release Notes and Installation Guide to know the prerequisites before starting the installation.

Latest Updates

OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter v5.3 (5.3 Download) (5.3 Manuals)

  • Support for vCenter / vSphere 7.0 U2
  • Support for the XE8545 platform
  • Support of Memory Operating Mode in the Proactive HA feature
  • Support for stateless Memory Page Retire (MPR) alerting
  • Expanded northbound APIs to script UI functions (expanded reporting, firmware updates, creation and modification of repositories, drift reporting)
 

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, and 5.3
  • Support for vRealize Operations Manager 8.0, 8.1, 8.2, and 8.3
  • Dashboards support of Celcius widgets


OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter Features

Table 1: Features
Features Description
BIOS and firmware updates
  • Be able to schedule and deploy firmware stack updates for PowerEdge servers directly within vCenter, including with vSphere Lifecycle Manager as part of vCenter 7.0.
     
  • 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.
Deep level detail for hardware inventory
  • Full inventory information on PowerEdge server and chassis, such as quantity, part type, and slot, for Dell EMC certified components such as processor, memory, IO cards, fan / thermal details, local storage, and more.
Monitoring and alerting
  • Hardware information and alerts 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 (requires OMIVV 4.0 or higher and vCenter 6.5 or higher)
     
  • With the OpenManage Management Pack for vRealize Operations (requires 4.0 or higher), also see top alerts and health status in vRealize Operations
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
     
  • With PowerEdge servers ordered with Provisioning Server Enabled, be able to auto-detect the bare-metal host when added to the management network and quickly configure the hardware, deploy ESXi, and bring it into vCenter
Compliance baselines for vSphere and vSAN
  • With Cluster Profiles, set baselines to track against managed servers across server configuration, firmware levels, and / or driver levels to help maintain corporate or support compliance levels both with vSphere Lifecycle Manager and without
     
  • vSAN baselines require OMIVV 4.2 or higher
  • vSphere baselines require OMIVV 5.0 or higher
  • vSphere Lifecycle Manager (vCenter 7.0+) requires OMIVV 5.1 or higher
Online warranty information
  • Key support information is available at your fingertips within vCenter for your PowerEdge environment by including service tag, service provider, warranty type, and service dates at the server, chassis, or cluster level


Table 2: OMIVV Version Matrix
OMIVV Version vSphere Support vCenter Support vSphere Client Support OM Management Pack for vROps support
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
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
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
5.1 6.0 U3 - 7.0 6.5 U2 - 6.5 U3, 6.7 - 6.7 U3, 7.0 HMTL5 2.1
5.0 6.0 U3 - 6.7 U3 6.5 U2 - 6.5 U3, 6.7 - 6.7 U3 HMTL5 2.0
4.3.1 5.1 - 6.7 U1 6.0 U2 - 6.5 U2, 6.7 - 6.7 U1 Flex 1.2, 2.1
4.3 5.1 - 6.7 U1 6.0 U2 - 6.5 U2, 6.7 - 6.7 U1 Flex 1.2
4.2 5.0 - 6.7 5.1 U2 - 6.5 U1, 6.7 Flex 1.2
4.1 5.0 - 6.5 U1 5.1 U2 - 6.5 U1 Flex 1.0, 1.1
4.0.1 5.0 - 6.5 5.1 U2 - 6.5 Flex 1.0, 1.1
4.0 5.0 - 6.0 U2, 6.5 5.1 U2 - 6.0 U2, 6.5 Flex 1.0, 1.1
3.2 5.0 - 6.0 U3 5.1 U2 - 6.0 U3 Desktop, Flex Not supported
3.1.1 5.0 - 6.0 U2 5.1 U2 - 6.0 U2 Desktop, Flex Not supported
3.1 5.0 - 6.0 U2 5.1 U2 - 6.0 U2 Desktop, Flex Not supported
3.0 5.0 - 6.0 5.1 U2 - 6.0 Desktop, Flex Not supported


Table 3: OMMP for vROps Version Matrix
OM Management Pack for vROps Version vROps Support OMIVV Version Support
2.1 8.0 - 8.3 4.3.1, 5.1, 5.2, 5.2.1, 5.3
2.0 6.7 - 7.5 5.0
1.2 6.5 - 7.0 4.2 - 4.3.1
1.1 6.5 - 6.6 4.1 - 4.2
1.0 6.3 - 6.5 4.0 - 4.1
 


OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter - Downloads

Table 4: OMIVV Downloads (OVF deployments)
Current Version Prior Version
5.3 4.3

(The latest RPM updates will be automatically detected if OMIVV is online, else can be found on support.dell.com or the latest will be here.)  
 

OpenManage Management Pack for vRealize Operations - Downloads

Table 5: Prior OMMP for vROps Downloads
Version OMIVV Requirement
2.1 4.3.1, 5.1 - 5.3
2.0 5.0
1.2 4.2 - 4.3.1
1.1 4.0 - 4.1
1.0 4.0 - 4.1

 

OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter - Manuals

Table 6: OMIVV Manuals
5.x Versions 4.x Versions 3.x Versions
5.3 4.3 3.2
5.2 4.2 3.1
5.1 4.1 3.0
5.0 4.0.1


OpenManage Management pack for vRealize Operations - Manuals


Whitepapers

Deploying and configuring OMIVV in a dual-NIC environment (separate iDRAC and vCenter networks)
OMIVV as a Hardware Support Manager for VMware vSphere Lifecycle Manager

Maintaining hardware compatibility of vSAN clusters using OMIVV
Proactive HA with OMIVV


Other Resources

OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter videos OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter on Dell.com
Video on ESXi Deployment with Dell EMC OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter
Video on vSphere Lifecycle Manager
Github for OMIVV (Sample API scripts)
Dell EMC customized image of VMware ESXi availability and download instructions (ESXi images / drivers)
Firmware catalog for Dell EMC customized VMware ESXi images (ESXi firmware catalogs)
Firmware catalog for Dell EMC vSAN Ready Nodes (R640, R740, R740xd) (vSAN firmware catalogs)
 
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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

19 Mar 2021

Version

7

Article Type

Solution

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