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Dell EMC OpenManage Integration with Microsoft Windows Admin Center

Dell EMC OpenManage Integration with Microsoft Windows Admin Center is an extension for Microsoft Windows Admin Center. Microsoft Windows Admin Center is a lightweight, browser-based application that provides troubleshooting and managing of individual windows servers, clusters, and hyper-converged infrastructure. The Dell EMC OpenManage Integration with Microsoft Windows Admin Center extension enables streamlined lifecycle management at the server level for PowerEdge servers running Microsoft Windows Server, clusters based of AX nodes part of the Dell EMC Integrated System for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI and AX nodes, Storage Spaces Direct Ready Nodes part of the Dell EMC HCI Solutions for Microsoft Window Server and Hyper-V, Failover clusters based of PowerEdge servers running on-premise and Azure hybrid environments. It simplifies the tasks of IT administrators by remotely managing PowerEdge servers, clusters, and Dell EMC Microsoft HCI Solutions throughout their life cycle.

 

Dell EMC OpenManage Integration with Microsoft Windows Admin Center

Features & Benefits of Dell EMC OpenManage Integration with Microsoft Windows Admin Center

Features

  • View inventory of PowerEdge servers and Dell EMC Solutions for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI Ready Node clusters from within the Microsoft Windows Admin Center
  • A unified view of health, hardware, and firmware inventory information of the device components
  • View iDRAC information of the PowerEdge server, clusters, and HCI, for out-of-band management, and to launch the iDRAC console from within Admin Center
  • Troubleshoot issues with a dashboard view of system health and status
  • Support for Dell EMC online catalogs and Dell EMC Repository Manager
  • Cluster-Aware Updating (CAU) to update BIOS, drivers, firmware, and systems management applications with zero workload impact for Azure Stack HCI clusters and other cluster types built with PowerEdge servers
  • Azure Stack HCI Certified badging for Dell EMC Solutions for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI cluster supported HCL
  • System Update and CAU using Dell EMC online and offline catalogs supporting connected, offline, and edge scenarios
  • Locate physical disks, ability to blink physical disks including disk to controller correlation

Benefits

  • Streamline operational efficiency and flexibility by directly managing your server and cluster environment
  • Make informed and rapid decisions impacting the availability of your virtualized, software defined, and cloud infrastructure
  • Empower productivity with the OpenManage integration bringing in automation to your hybrid world
  • Native integration with Microsoft Windows Admin Center providing a unified Windows server, Azure Stack HCI, cluster, and hardware level management in a single console
  • Real-time monitoring and lifecycle management for servers, Azure Stack HCI - AX nodes, Storage Spaces Direct Ready nodes, and other clusters
  • Day 100 operations simplified with Cluster Aware Updating with zero impact to workloads running on cluster
 
 

Dell EMC OpenManage Integration with Microsoft Windows Admin Center

Snap-Ins included with Dell EMC OpenManage Integration with Microsoft Windows Admin Center

Create a cluster: Create an Azure Stack HCI cluster using Windows Admin Center with Dell EMC OpenManage Snap-in

While deploying an Azure Stack HCI cluster using AX nodes in Windows Admin Center, use OpenManage Integration snap-in enables you to update target nodes while creating an Azure Stack HCI cluster using Windows Admin Center. This feature also helps you to comply hardware configurations of selected nodes with Dell EMC recommended hardware configurations.

Update the cluster: Update Azure Stack HCI clusters using Windows Admin Center with Dell EMC OpenManage Snap-in

With the use of Full Stack Cluster-Aware Updating capability in OpenManage Integration snap-in, perform hardware updates: firmware, BIOS, and drivers on Dell EMC Integrated System for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI (also known as Azure Stack HCI) cluster nodes in addition to the operating system update available in the Windows Admin Center.

 
 
 

Enhancements to Dell EMC OpenManage Integration with Microsoft Windows Admin Center

Dell EMC is constantly improving Dell EMC OpenManage Integration with Microsoft Windows Admin Center.

New Features in OpenManage Integration with Microsoft Windows Admin Center 2.1

  • Integration with Microsoft Windows Admin Center Version 2103.2.
  • Microsoft HCI Solutions based of AX nodes, S2D Ready Nodes:
    • Right size CPU cores for Azure hybrid – Configure cluster CPU cores for optimal workload performance in a cluster-aware fashion.
    • Scale out HCI - Guided node expansion leveraging HCI configuration profile, update compliance and remediation for cluster nodes expansion.
    • Dell EMC HCI Configuration profile – Updated naming and rules involving infrastructure symmetry and related checks on Drive types and cache enhancements in HCI cluster creation and expansion.
    • Restriction of individual nodes update – Dell EMC recommends Cluster-Aware updating than individual node level hardware updates to maintain the HCI cluster homogeneity.
  • Support of OpenManage WAC extension for non-default ports configured in iDRAC other than default 443.
  • Support for 15th Generation Intel PowerEdge servers and Failover clusters based of PowerEdge servers.
  • Scale out Failover cluster nodes expansion of PowerEdge Servers - prepare to add new nodes to the cluster.
  • Right size CPU cores at node level for PowerEdge Servers.

Refer to the OpenManage Integration Version 2.1 with Microsoft Windows Admin Center Release Notes for the complete list of enhancements as well as limitations, fixed issues and known issues.

New Features in OpenManage Integration with Microsoft Windows Admin Center 2.0

  • Integration with Microsoft Windows Admin Center Version 2103.
  • Dell EMC Integrated System for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI: AX-640 and AX-740XD running Azure Stack HCI OS including the following new features:
    • Integrated Cluster Creation with Dell EMC HCI policies – cluster configuration compliance and unified solutions update comprising of Azure Stack HCI OS and Dell EMC Hardware updates.
    • 1-click Full Stack Cluster-Aware Updating. Azure Stack HCI solution updates comprising of Azure Stack HCI OS updates and Hardware updates with zero impact to the workloads.
  • Azure Stack HCI and Windows Server Certified Badging for Dell EMC Solutions for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI cluster supported Hardware Compatibility List.
  • Schedule Cluster-Aware Updating (CAU) - update of BIOS, driver, firmware, system management apps with zero workload impact for Azure Stack HCI clusters and other cluster types based of PowerEdge servers.
  • Enhancements around OpenManage license reporting, compliance as a bar chart including compliance search, update performance improvements.

Refer to the OpenManage Integration Version 2.0 with Microsoft Windows Admin Center Release Notes for the complete list of enhancements as well as limitations, fixed issues and known issues.

New Features in OpenManage Integration with Microsoft Windows Admin Center 1.1.1

  • Support for Microsoft Windows Admin Center version 2007 GA and 2009 GA.
  • Support for PowerEdge XE2420 Edge server with iDRAC9 firmware 4.00.129.00 or later.

Fixes in OpenManage Integration with Microsoft Windows Admin Center 1.1.1

  • Issue with accessing OMIMSWAC using WAC gateway user credentials.
  • Issue with retrieving inventory information for clusters connected using Single-Sign-on.
  • Issue with generating compliance report for target nodes or clusters connected using a password that contains certain special characters.
  • Reset of CauClusterRole parameter to allow the self-updating functionality of the specified cluster after the Cluster-Aware Updating (CAU) operation is complete.

Refer to the OpenManage Integration Version 1.1.1 with Microsoft Windows Admin Center Release Notes for the complete list of enhancements as well as limitations, fixed issues and known issues.

New Features in OpenManage Integration with Microsoft Windows Admin Center 1.1.0

  • Added support for Dell EMC Online Catalogs:
    • Dell EMC Enterprise Catalog for PowerEdge Servers.
    • Dell EMC Azure Stack HCI Solution Catalog for Dell EMC Solutions for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI.
    • Dell EMC MX Solution Catalog for PowerEdge MX Modular.
  • Ability to perform Server update including selective component updates.
  • Ability to perform Cluster-Aware Updating against validated baseline (BIOS, driver, firmware, and system management applications) on the following.
    • PowerEdge server-based Failover cluster
    • Dell EMC Solutions for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI
      For the Cluster-Aware Updating feature, a premium license must be installed on each node in a cluster.
  • To locate physical disks or to identify failed physical disks, provision to blink and unblink the physical disks Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) is provided.
  • Support for newer platforms:
    • Platforms based on AX nodes—Dell EMC Solutions for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI nodes: AX-640, AX-6515, and AX-740xd.
    • Platforms based on Storage Spaces Direct Ready Nodes from Dell EMC—Dell EMC Solutions for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI: R440 ,R640,R740xd and R740xd2.
    • Microsoft Windows Admin Center version 1910.2.
  • Ability to monitor health and inventory of Accelerators (GPU) with latest iDRAC9 based PowerEdge Servers.
  • User interface enhancements for Intel Persistent Memory Health monitoring and Inventory.
  • Correlation between Storage Controllers and Physical Disks to view the associated disks.
  • Ability to refresh the health, inventory, and iDRAC information of the managed target nodes to ensure that displayed inventory information is the latest.
  • Usability enhancement by downloading DSU and IC automatically required for components update.
  • Ability to download catalog, DSU, and IC utilities from the Internet using proxy settings to generate compliance report.
  • Displays Dell EMC Solutions badge Azure Stack HCI Certified for Dell EMC Solutions for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI cluster consisting of AX nodes or Storage Spaces Direct Ready Nodes.

Refer to the OpenManage Integration Version 1.1.0 with Microsoft Windows Admin Center Release Notes for the complete list of enhancements as well as limitations, fixed issues and known issues.

New Features in OpenManage Integration with Microsoft Windows Admin Center 1.0.1

  • Dell EMC PowerEdge servers with support for newer 15th Generation AMD PowerEdge servers.

Refer to the OpenManage Integration Version 1.1.0 with Microsoft Windows Admin Center Release Notes for the complete list of enhancements as well as limitations, fixed issues and known issues.

New Features in OpenManage Integration with Microsoft Windows Admin Center 1.0.1

  • Dell EMC PowerEdge servers
  • Azure Stack HCI created with Dell EMC Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct Ready Nodes.
  • Microsoft failover clusters created with Dell EMC PowerEdge servers.
  • A unified view of health, hardware, and firmware inventory information of the device components.
  • Provides update compliance report of PowerEdge servers and clusters against update repository created with Dell EMC Repository Manager (DRM).
  • Provides notifications on availability of new update catalogs.
  • View iDRAC information of PowerEdge servers. For out-of-band management, you can directly launch the iDRAC console from Windows Admin Center.
  • Availability of OMIMSWAC GUI and documentation in English, French, German, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, and Japanese languages

Refer to the OpenManage Integration Version 1.1.0 with Microsoft Windows Admin Center Release Notes for the complete list of enhancements as well as limitations, fixed issues and known issues.

 
 

Compatibility

Dell EMC OpenManage Integration with Microsoft Windows Admin Center is supports Microsoft Windows Admin Center and Dell EMC devices with supported software and hardware. The table below summarizes the compatibility matrix. Additional information can be found in the detailed Compatibility Matrix.

Product Version
Microsoft Windows Admin Center Windows Admin Center Version 2103.2
For more information, see Windows Admin Center version 2103.2 is now generally available!.
Microsoft Cluster Creation Extension 1.556.0.nupkg release
Microsoft Failover Cluster Tool Extension 1.280.0.nupkg release
Dell EMC PowerEdge servers Dell EMC 12th, 13th, 14th and 15th Generation PowerEdge servers with iDRAC7, iDRAC8, and iDRAC9
Supported AX nodes (running Azure Stack HCI version 20H2 operating system) as target nodes for Dell EMC Integrated System for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI AX-640, AX-740xd , AX-6515, and AX-7525
Supported AX and/or Storage Spaces Direct Ready Nodes (using Windows Server operating system) as target nodes for Dell EMC HCI Solutions for Microsoft Windows Server AX nodes: AX-640, AX-740xd , AX-6515, and AX-7525
Storage Spaces Direct Ready Nodes: R440, R640, R740xd, and R740xd2
 
 

Licensing

Dell EMC OpenManage Integration with Microsoft Windows Admin Center is available for free with basic management features enabled for all supported devices or licensed for advanced lifecycle management with a premium license for systems with an iDRAC9. The premium license is available for PowerEdge servers or for Azure Stack Hyperconverged Infrastructure (HCI) supporting both AX nodes and S2D Ready Nodes.

  • Premium License enables advanced lifecycle management including
    • Cluster Aware Updating
    • Azure Stack HCI solutions-specific features
  • PowerEdge Premium license is for PowerEdge servers with iDRAC9
  • Azure Stack HCI Premium license for AX nodes or S2D Ready Nodes with iDRAC9
    • AX nodes by default include the Azure Stack HCI Premium License
    • S2D Ready Nodes by default do not include the Azure Stack HCI Premium License
Premium licenses enable specific features for PowerEdge servers or Azure Stack HCI. Mismatched premium licenses will not offer solution-specific features.
Product Description Offer Term Notes
PowerEdge OpenManage Integration with Microsoft Windows Admin Center Premium License for PowerEdge servers with iDRAC9 At time of PowerEdge server with iDRAC9 purchase (POS) or purchased separate (APOS) Perpetual POS SKU: 528-CJIZ
APOS SKU: 528-CJIV
Azure Stack HCI or S2D Ready Node OpenManage Integration with Microsoft Windows Admin Center Premium License for MSFT HCI Solutions with iDRAC9 At time of purchase (POS) or purchased separate (APOS) Perpetual POS SKU: 528-CJIZ
APOS SKU: 528-CJIU
Part of base for AX nodes

A premium license is a perpetual license that is valid for the life of a server, and can be bound to the Service Tag of only one server at a time. Premium license can be included at time of server purchase or purchased separately and downloaded from Dell Digital Locker.

Trial License:
  • A 30-day evaluation trial license is available to fully test and experience all the features to help with purchasing decision. Learn More and download >
Upgrade License:
  • Upgrading to the premium license can be included at time of server purchase or to purchase separately, please contact your local Dell EMC sales representative.
Downloading an upgraded or replacing a lost license:
  • The premium license can be downloaded from Dell Digital Locker. License keys will be stored online and can be downloaded if needed. If an existing license key in not available in the Dell Digital Locker or there is an issue with a license key, please contact Dell EMC Technical Support or Customer Care.

Managing OMIMSWAC Licenses

OMIMSWAC licenses can be managed on either an individual server basis or through the Dell EMC License Manager which is a one-to-many license and deployment tool.

  • Individual server
    Utilize iDRAC to manage the license for an individual server. iDRAC web interface, License tab can be utilized to import, export licenses or RACADM CLI License command can be utilized to manage licenses as described in the RACADM CLI Guide.
  • Group of servers
    Dell EMC License Manager is a one-to-many license deployment and reporting tool for OpenManage Integration for Microsoft Windows Admin Center, OpenManage Enterprise Advanced, iDRAC, and CMC licenses. By using License Manager, you can download, deploy, inventory and back up OpenManage Integration for Microsoft Windows Admin Center licenses. This tool can also inventory licensable systems to report the licensing status and features of the currently enabled management controller.
 

Dell EMC OpenManage Integration with Microsoft Windows Admin Center

Download and install

Windows Admin Center is built as an extensible platform allowing the install, uninstall, and update of individual extensions. For convenience, the Dell EMC OpenManage Integration extension can be installed from the Microsoft NuGet feed (requires Internet connectivity) or manually from a file share or local drive.

Requires the Windows Admin Center has Internet connectivity to the Microsoft NuGet feed.
  • From Windows Admin Center, click the Settings button in the top-right > In the left pane, click Extensions.
  • The Available Extensions tab will list the extensions on the feed that are available for installation.
  • Click Dell EMC OpenManage Integration extension to view the description, version, publisher, and other information in the Details pane.
  • Click Install to install the extension.
If the gateway must run in elevated mode to make this change, you will be presented with a UAC elevation prompt.
  • On another computer that has Internet connectivity, download extension package from either location:
  • From Windows Admin Center, click the Settings button in the top-right > In the left pane, click Extensions.
  • On the right pane, click the Feeds tab.
  • Click the Add button to add another feed. Enter the local path or full path of the file share in which the extension package files (.nupkg) are stored.
  • Click Add.
  • Click Available Extensions tab, if the extension was successfully added, the extension will be listed.
  • Click Dell EMC OpenManage Integration extension to view the description, version, publisher, and other information in the Details pane.
  • Click Install to install the extension.
If the gateway must run in elevated mode to make this change, you will be presented with a UAC elevation prompt.
If the extension you are trying to install is an update to a previously installed extension, you can update to the latest version.
Requires the Windows Admin Center has Internet connectivity to the Microsoft NuGet feed.
  • From Windows Admin Center, click the Settings button in the top-right > In the left pane, click Extensions.
  • The Available Extensions tab will list the extensions on the feed that are available for Update.
  • Click Dell EMC OpenManage Integration extension to view the description, version, publisher, and other information in the Details pane.
  • Click Install to install the extension update.
Alternately, you can go to the Installed Extensions tab to view installed extensions and see if an update is available in the Status column.
  • From Windows Admin Center, click the Settings button in the top-right > In the left pane, click Extensions.
  • Click the Installed Extensions tab, the installed extensions will be listed.
  • If an update is available, the Status column will identify the update available
  • Click the extension to update to view the description, version, publisher, and other information in the Details pane.
  • Click Update to install the extension update.
To manually update to the latest revision, after downloading the update file, follow the instructions for the Install manually from a file share or local drive.
Additional installation methods are documented in Microsoft's Install and Manage Extensions including Installing extension from a different feed or Managing extensions with PowerShell.
 
 
 

Resources

Documentation

Refer to Dell EMC OpenManage Integration with Microsoft Windows Admin Center for the latest documentation.

  • OpenManage Integration with Microsoft Windows Admin Center User's Guide
  • OpenManage Integration with Microsoft Windows Admin Center Installation Guide
  • OpenManage Integration with Microsoft Windows Admin Center Release Notes

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Covers the integration of OpenManage systems management solutions with Windows Admin Center console.

September 2019

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Dell EMC

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Dell Technologies 2021

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Affected Product

OpenManage Integration with Microsoft Windows Admin Center

Last Published Date

23 Jul 2021

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8

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