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OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter Version 5.2 User's Guide

Register new vCenter server

Your vCenter account should have the necessary privileges to create a user. For more information about the required privileges, see Required privileges for non-administrator users.

You can register the OMIVV appliance after the OMIVV is installed. The OMIVV uses the administrator user account or a non-administrator user account with necessary privileges for vCenter operations. A single OMIVV appliance instance can support 15 vCenter servers and up to 2,000 ESXi hosts.

If you try to register more than 15 vCenters, the following error message is displayed:

Your license allows only <x> vCenters and all are already registered.

To register a new vCenter server, do the following:

  1. Go to https://<ApplianceIP/hostname/>.
  2. On the VCENTER REGISTRATION page, in the right pane, click Register New vCenter Server.
    The REGISTER A NEW vCENTER page is displayed.
  3. In the REGISTER A NEW VCENTER dialog box, under vCenter Name, perform the following tasks:
    1. In the vCenter Server IP or Hostname box, enter the vCenter IP address or FQDN of the host.
      Dell EMC recommends you to register OMIVV with the VMware vCenter using a Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN). For all registrations, the hostname of vCenter must be properly resolvable by the DNS server. The following are the recommended practices for using the DNS server:
      • Assign a static IP address and hostname when you deploy an OMIVV appliance with a valid DNS registration. A static IP address ensures that during the system restart, the IP address of the OMIVV appliance remains same.
      • Ensure that OMIVV hostname information is present in both forward and reverse lookup zones in your DNS server.
    2. In the Description box, enter a description—optional.
  4. Under vCenter User Account, perform the following steps:
    1. In the vCenter User Name box, enter the username of administrator or a non-administrator username with the required privileges.
    2. In the Password box, enter the password.
    3. In the Verify Password box, enter the password again.
    4. Select the Register vSphere Lifecycle Manager check box.
      Selecting the Register vSphere Lifecycle Manager check box allows you to use vSphere Lifecycle Manager feature from vCenter 7.0 and later.
  5. Click Register.
    The following error message is displayed if vCenter registration fails:
    Could not contact the given vCenter server <x> due to wrong credentials. Check the username and password.
After registering the vCenter server, OMIVV is registered as a vCenter plug-in, and “Dell EMC OpenManage Integration” icon is visible in the vSphere Client from which you can access the OMIVV features.
NOTE For all vCenter operations from OMIVV appliance, OMIVV uses the privileges of the registered user and not the privileges of the user logged-in to VMware vCenter or the OMIVV appliance local accounts.

User X with the necessary privileges registers OMIVV with vCenter, and user Y has only the Dell privileges. User Y can now log in to the vCenter and can trigger a firmware update task from OMIVV. While performing the firmware update task, OMIVV uses the privileges of user X to put the host into maintenance mode or reboot the host.

NOTE If you want to upload a customized Certificate Authority (CA)-signed certificate to OMIVV, ensure that you upload the new certificate before vCenter registration. If you upload the new custom certificate after vCenter registration, communication errors are displayed on the vSphere Client. To fix this issue, unregister, and re-register the appliance with the vCenter.

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