Dell EMC OpenManage Essentials Version 2.5 User's Guide

Deploying a device configuration template—Stateless deployment

The Deploy Template task allows you to deploy a configuration template that includes a set of configuration attributes to specific devices. Deploying a device configuration template on the devices ensures that the devices are uniformly configured.

Before you begin deploying a device configuration template, ensure that:
  • NOTE: For the list of HBA card types that support stateless deployment, see “Supported cards for I/O Identity Optimization” in the iDRAC User’s Guide at
  • CAUTION: Deploying a configuration template on a device may result in potentially destructive changes to the device configuration including performance, connectivity, and ability to boot the device.

To deploy a configuration template on devices:

  1. Click Deployment. The Deployment Portal is displayed.
  2. Perform one of the following:
    • In the Common Tasks pane, click Deploy Template.
    • In the Compute Pools pane, right-click the compute pool that includes the devices that you want to deploy, and then click Deploy.
    The Deploy Template Wizard wizard is displayed.
  3. On the Name and Deploy Options page:
    1. Type an appropriate name for the task.
    2. Under Deploy Target, select Compute Pool.
    3. Select a compute pool from the Select a Compute Pool list.
    4. Under Select Deploy Options, select Deploy Template.
    5. Click Next.
  4. On the Select Template page, select a device configuration template and click Next.
    • NOTE: Only device configuration templates that you have either created or cloned are available for selection. A template that is already assigned to a compute pool is not available for selection.
  5. On the Select Virtual I/O Pool page, perform one of the following, and then click Next.
    • Select User defined I/O assignment if you want to manually provide virtual I/O identities for the devices.
    • Select Automatic I/O assignment and select a virtual I/O pool from the list to allow OpenManage Essentials to automatically assign virtual I/O identities to the devices.
  6. On the Select Devices page, select one or more target devices from the compute pool tree, and then click Next.
  7. On the Edit Attributes page:
    • NOTE: OpenManage Essentials does not include any passwords from the source when the configuration template is created. If you want to set the passwords for the target devices, all password attributes must be edited in the configuration template before deployment.
    • NOTE: If you selected User defined I/O assignment in step 5, you must edit the I/O attributes of the template and provide the appropriate values in the Edit Attributes > Device Specific Attributes tab.
    • NOTE: The BIOS attributes list of the device configuration template contains the BIOS.Virtual instance with the following attributes: EnableBootDevices and DisableBootDevices. Devices that you want to boot from must be included in the EnableBootDevices list.
    1. Click the Template Attributes tab to edit the attributes of the device configuration template.
    2. Click the attribute group name to view the list of attributes in a group.
    3. If you do not want to deploy a particular attribute in the template and want to retain the current attribute value on the target devices, clear the check box in the Deploy column.
    4. Edit or select the values in the Value column based on your preference. The total number of attributes in the template and the number of attributes that you edit are displayed on the Grouped by bar.
    5. Click Save.
    6. Click the Device Specific Attributes tab to edit the attributes that are unique for the target devices.
      • NOTE: The Device Specific Attributes tab may or may not display attributes based on the template selected for deployment.
    7. Under Select Devices, select a device.
    8. Click the attribute group name to view the list of attributes in a group.
    9. To assign a new Static IPv4 Address for the deployment, enter the Static IPv4 Address in the Value column of IPv4Static 1 IPv4 Address attribute.
      • NOTE: Deploying the template with the changed Static IPv4 Address initiates a new discovery task for the device. For more information on the task details, see Task Status. The new Static IPv4 Address is added to the discovery range under Manage > Discovery and Inventory > Discovery Ranges > All Ranges.
    10. If you do not want to deploy a particular attribute in the template and want to retain the current attribute value on the target device, clear the check box in the Deploy column.
    11. Edit or select the values in the Value column based on your preference.
    12. Click Save.
    13. (For automatic virtual I/O assignment only) Click the Identity Attributes tab to assign the virtual I/O identities.
      • NOTE: For FCoE WWPN, WWNN, and virtual FIP attributes, if you deselect an attribute, all the other related attributes are deselected automatically.
      • NOTE: For Intel network adapters, a single iSCSI initiator name is generated and deployed on all ports. You cannot deploy the IQN identity to only one port. By default, the IQN identity is deployed to all ports.
      • NOTE: The Status column displays an Error status if the selected virtual I/O pool either does not contain the virtual I/O attributes or does not have sufficient virtual I/O identities.
      1. Optional: Click Assign Identities to assign virtual I/O identities from the virtual I/O pool.
      2. On the Results prompt, click OK. The Identity Assignments tab is displayed.

    14. (For IOA VLAN configuration deployment only) Click the IOA VLAN Attributes tab to edit the IOA VLAN attributes for the selected template.
    15. Select the Deploy check box for the attributes that you want to deploy.
    16. Type the values for the tagged VLANs and untagged VLAN.
    17. Click Save.
    18. Click Next.
  8. On the Set Schedule page:
    1. Select either Run now, or click the calendar icon and select the date and time you want to run the task.
    2. Under Execution Credentials, type the credentials of the iDRAC that have Administrator privileges.
    3. (Only for IOA VLAN configuration deployment) Under IOA Credentials, type the credentials that have Administrator privileges on the IOA.
    4. Click Next.
  9. On the Preview page:
    1. Optional: Click Preview to verify if the attributes of the device configuration template will be deployed successfully on the target devices.
    2. Click Next.
  10. On the Summary page, review the information that you have provided, and then click Finish. The Deploy Template warning is displayed.
  11. If you want to continue the deployment, click Yes.

The Deploy Template task is created and the task runs based on the schedule you have selected. You can double-click the task in Task Execution History to view the task execution details. After the deployment is completed successfully, the template deployed icon template deployed and the text, Deployed, are displayed along with the device name in the compute pool.

  • NOTE: On stateless deployment for FCoE protocol, the first octet for WWNN will be 20:00 and the first octet for the WWPN will be 20:01. The remaining octets will be the same as the virtual FIP MAC address.

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