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OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter Version 5.2 User's Guide

System profile

The system profile captures the component-level settings and configuration of iDRAC, BIOS, RAID, Event Filters, FC, and NICs. These configurations can be applied to other identical servers during an operating system deployment on bare-metal servers. The system profile can be used in cluster profile to maintain baseline for configuration.


Before you create or edit the system profile, ensure that:

  • The CSIOR feature is enabled on the reference server. The reference server must be restarted after enabling CSIOR so that the data returned from iDRAC is up to date.
  • The inventory is successful for each reference host that is managed by vCenter.
  • Bare-metal servers have the minimum required BIOS and firmware versions installed. For more information, see the OMIVV Compatibility Matrix available on the support site.
  • The reference server and target servers are homogeneous (same model, same hardware configuration, and same firmware level).
  • The hardware (for example, FC, NIC, and RAID controller) is present in the identical slots of the reference server and target servers.
  • Before you include or exclude any attribute from the default selection, hover over attribute name to understand the details of the attribute.
  • The iDRAC user that is used to discover the iDRAC is selected when you configure the iDRAC users in system profile.
    NOTE Do not clear the attributes that are linked with the iDRAC user that is used to discover the bare-metal, else system profile deployment job fails.
  • You do not change the username of iDRAC user that is used to discover the iDRAC. This results in connectivity issue with iDRAC, the system profile deployment job fails without applying any attributes.

Before you create the system profile, it is recommended that you configure the reference server attribute and value as required. Apply reference attribute and value to all the required target hosts.

The system profiles search for an exact instance (FQDD) while applying the profile, which works successfully on rack servers (identical), but may have few restrictions in modular servers. For example, in FC640, the system profiles that are created from one modular server cannot be applied on other modular servers in the same FX chassis because of NIC level restrictions. In this case, it is recommended that you have a reference system profile from each slot of the chassis. Apply these system profiles across the chassis for the corresponding slots only.

NOTE A system profile does not support enabling and disabling of boot options.
  • While using the system profile, exporting a system profile with Enterprise license and importing the same system profile on servers with Express license fails.
  • You cannot import system profile by using the Express license of iDRAC9 firmware You must have an Enterprise license.

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