Dell EMC OpenManage Essentials Version 2.5 User's Guide

Setting up device configuration auto deployment—Bare-metal deployment

The Setup Auto Deployment task enables you to deploy a configuration template, which includes a set of configuration attributes, to devices that you will discover at a later time. Deploying a device configuration template on the devices ensures that the devices are uniformly configured.

Before you create a device configuration auto deployment task, ensure that:

  • The deployment file share is configured. For more information, see Configuring the Deployment File Share .

  • The auto deployment setting is enabled and configured. For more information, see Configuring Auto Deployment Settings .

  • The Service Tag or node ID of each target device is available in a .csv file. The Service Tags or node IDs should be listed under the title ‘ServiceTag’, ‘Service Tag’, or ‘Node ID’ in the .csv file.

    • NOTE: On devices which have multiple compute nodes (such as the PowerEdge FM120x4), all of the compute nodes have the same Service Tag. Therefore, the node ID must be used to identify the specific compute node to use. In the .csv file, you must include the node IDs of the specific compute nodes that you want to auto deploy.
  • You have either created a device configuration template or cloned a sample template.

  • The target devices meet the requirements specified in Device Requirements for Deployment and Compliance Tasks .

  • The Server Configuration Management license is installed on all target servers. For more information, see OpenManage Essentials — Server  Configuration Management License .

  • 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 auto deploy the configuration template on devices that will be discovered at a later time:

  1. Click Deployment. The Deployment Portal is displayed.
  2. Perform one of the following:
    • In the Common Tasks pane, click Setup Auto Deployment.
    • Click Auto Deployment, and then click Add Devices.
    The Setup Auto Deployment wizard is displayed.
  3. On the Select Deploy Options page:
    1. Under Deploy Target, click Bare Metal.
    2. If you want to auto deploy a configuration template and then boot the device to an operating system ISO image, you can select both the Deploy Template and Boot to Network ISO options. Separate tasks are created for each operation.
    3. Click Next.
  4. On the Select Template page:
    1. Based on the target device type, click Server Template or Chassis Template.
    2. Select the configuration template you want to deploy.
      • NOTE: Only configuration templates that you have either created or cloned are available for selection.
    3. Click Next.
  5. On the Import Service Tags/Node IDs page:
    1. Click Import.
    2. Browse and select the .csv file that includes the Service Tags or node IDs.
      • NOTE: You can only import valid Service Tags or node IDs that have not already been discovered.
    3. Click Open. The Import Summary is displayed.
    4. Click Ok.
    5. Click Next.
  6. On the Edit Attributes page:
    • NOTE: OpenManage Essentials does not include any passwords from 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.
    1. Click the Template Attributes tab.
    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 device, 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 in the Grouped by bar.
    5. Click the Device Specific Attributes tab to edit the attributes that are unique for the target device.
      • NOTE: The Device Specific Attributes tab may or may not display attributes based on the template selected for deployment.
    6. Click the attribute group name to view the list of attributes in a group.
    7. 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 .
      • NOTE: If Static IPv4 Address is used in the deployment of a chassis template, then all the components in the chassis are rediscovered after the deployment task is completed.
    8. 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.
    9. Edit or select the values in the Value column based on your preference.
      • NOTE: You can also export the Device Specific Attributes for a specific device or for all devices as .csv file, edit the attributes, and import the attributes. To export or import the Device Specific Attributes, click Import/Export.
    10. (For IOA VLAN configuration deployment only) Click the IOA VLAN Attributes tab to edit the IOA VLAN attributes for the selected template.
    11. Select the Deploy check box for the attributes that you want to deploy.
    12. Type the values for the tagged VLANs and untagged VLAN.
    13. Click Save.
    14. Click Next.
  7. On the Execution Credentials page:
    1. On the Credentials section, click Add New Credentials.
      • NOTE: For server configuration deployment — provide the iDRAC Administrator credentials; For chassis configuration deployment — provide the CMC Administrator credentials.
      The Add Credentials window is displayed.
    2. Type the description, Administrator user name, and password required to run the task on the target devices.
    3. If you want to set the credentials as the default credentials for all target devices, select Default, and then click Finish.
    4. Repeat step a to step c until you have configured the credentials required for running the task on all target devices.
    5. On the Devices section, set the Execution Credentials for each target device.
    6. (Only for IOA VLAN configuration deployment) Under IOA Credentials, type the credentials that have Administrator privileges on the IOA.
    7. Click Next.
  8. On the Summary page, review the information that you have provided, and then click Finish. The Deploy Template warning is displayed.
  9. If you want to continue creating the Setup Auto Deployment task, click Yes.

The Service Tags or Node IDs are displayed in the Auto Deployment tab until the devices are discovered and inventoried in OpenManage Essentials. The Deploy Configuration to Undiscovered Devices task runs periodically and verifies if the devices are discovered and inventoried in OpenManage Essentials.

  • NOTE: The Deploy Configuration to Undiscovered Devices runs based on the frequency configured in Settings > Deployment Settings .

After the discovery and inventory of the devices is completed and a deploy task is created, the devices are moved to the repurpose and bare-metal devices group. You can double-click the tasks in Task Execution History to view the task execution details. If you do not want to deploy any other device configuration on the devices, you can remove the devices from the repurpose and bare-metal devices group.

  • NOTE: Devices in the Auto Deployment tab are moved to the repurpose and bare-metal devices group, even if the auto deployment task fails. If you want to deploy the configuration template on those devices, you must create a new deployment task.

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