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Dell OpenManage Integration with Microsoft Windows Admin Center Version 3.0 User’s Guide

Monitor system details of a server

Use OpenManage Integration extension in Windows Admin Center to monitor system details such as health, hardware inventory, update, iDRAC, and so on of Dell PowerEdge servers.

Before monitoring a server, connect the server and launch the extension and follow best practices for proper functioning of the extension. For more information, see Getting started with OpenManage Integration with Microsoft Windows Admin Center.

After you launch the extension, the following drop-down menus appear:
  • View: View the server/cluster overview page and go to the respective feature page available in the extension. Based on the feature selection, another drop-down appears to let you select the specific action you want to perform on the server.
  • Action: Displays the actions that you can perform on the server. If any action has a dependency on another action, you may see that action in a disabled state. For example, the Fix Compliance action will remain in a disabled state until the Check Compliance action is performed.

From the View menu, select the drop-downs to go to the respective page.

Overview

Select View > Overview. The Overview page displays the cluster level information. To view node-level overview, from the Node drop-down, select a node.

Overview Server level information that includes
  • Health of server that includes number of components whose health status is same as the server health status.

    Green: Healthy

    Yellow: Warning

    Red: Critical

    Grey: Unknown

  • Infrastructure lock status:

    Green: Enabled as the server is locked.

    Yellow: Infrastructure is unlocked.

  • Hardware Compliance status:

    Green: Compliant as all components are compliant with all Dell policies.

    Yellow: Warning as one or more component is not compliant with any optional Dell policy.

    Red: Error as any component is not compliant with any critical Dell polcy.

    Grey: Unknown as the compliance report is not available. Go to the Hardware Updates page to check the compliance.

  • OMIWAC License status: OMIWAC premium license status.
System Details
  • Node name
  • Manufacturer
  • URL to log in to the node iDRAC
  • IPMI version
  • MAC Address
  • OMIWAC license status
  • Node model number
  • Service tag
  • Firmware version
  • DNS Rac name
  • iDRAC license status
  • Click iDRAC Details to see details about the node iDRAC.
Compliance and CPU Core When extension loads for the first time, this section remains empty. This section is populated once compliance report is generated.
  • Hardware Compliance: Displays the compliance status of a server with number of components for each status.

    Green: Components are compliant with Dell policies.

    Yellow: Warning as components are not compliant with any optional policy.

    Red: Error as components are not compliant with Dell Hardware Symmetry Policy.

  • CPU Core: Displays the number of available and current core in the server.
Quick Task Provides direct links to perform different actions using OpenManage Integration extension. Some actions may be disabled if it has dependency on another action.

Health

To view the overall cluster health status, health status of each node and its components, click View > Health. The Health page appears and checks the inventory prerequisites. If all the prerequisites are compliant, the page displays the health status of all hardware components.

If one or more checks are not compliant, an error message appears. Click View Details to see the prerequisites that have failed. Click Resolve to fix the issues that belong to the Auto Fix category. For issues that belong to Manual Fix, see the recommendations on how to resolve them. See Prerequisites check details for more information about inventory prerequisites checks.

To view the latest health information, click Refresh.
  • Overall Health Status: A doughnut chart displays the overall health status of a cluster using a color code. Green color indicates the cluster is healthy. Yellow indicates the cluster is not in recommended state. Red indicates the cluster is in critical state. And unknown indicates that the cluster nodes are not reachable. The number of nodes in the doughnut chart indicates the number of cluster nodes that have the same health status as in the cluster.

    In addition, different color codes show the respective health status of number of nodes. To filter the health status of nodes and its components, click the respective color code in the doughnut chart. For example, click red color to see the nodes and its components that are in critical health status.

  • CPUs
  • Accelerators
    NOTE: Health status information is available for Accelerators in YX4X models of PowerEdge servers and above with iDRAC version 4.00.00.00 or newer.
  • Memory
    NOTE: Intel DIMM memory is identified as IntelPersistent with an icon.
  • Storage Controllers
  • Storage Enclosures
  • Physical Disks
  • iDRAC
  • Power Supplies
  • Fans
  • Voltages
  • Temperatures
NOTE: For software storage controllers and physical disks that are attached to embedded SATA controller, the health status shows as "Unknown".

Inventory

Select View > Inventory. The Inventory page appears and checks the inventory prerequisites. If all the prerequisites are compliant, the page displays the hardware and firmware information for cluster nodes. If one or more checks are not compliant, an error message appears. Click View Details to see the prerequisites that have failed. Click Resolve to fix the issues that belong to the Auto Fix category. For issues that belong to Manual Fix, see the recommendations on how to resolve them. See Prerequisites check details for details about inventory prerequisites checks. To view the latest hardware/firmware information, click Refresh.
NOTE: If any cluster node iDRAC is configured with TLS version 1.3, the inventory fails. For a successful inventory operation, reconfigure the iDRAC to TLS version 1.2.
System Displays the hostname, Service tag, model, manufacturer, and the part number.
Firmware Components and their firmware versions.
NOTE: For some network devices with multiple ports, firmware inventory displays only a single port with the firmware version as the applicable firmware version is same for all ports.
CPUs Processor details of cluster nodes.
Accelerators
Memory Memory details of cluster nodes such as:
  • Name
  • Bank name
  • Memory technology
  • Rank
  • Size (GB)
  • Current operating speed (MHZ)
  • Manufacturer
  • Manufacturer date
  • Part number
  • Serial number
  • Type details
  • Remaining rated write endurance
NOTE: Intel DIMM memory is identified as IntelPersistent with an icon.
Storage Controllers Details such as,
  • Name
  • Device
  • Description
  • Firmware version
  • Manufacturer
  • Speed (Gbps)
  • Related physical disks: To view the physical disks in a storage controller, under Related Disks, click the View Disks link. The physical disks are listed in the Physical Disks tab.
Storage Enclosures Details such as,
  • Name
  • Connector
  • Bay ID
  • Version
NOTE:
  • Information about a few attributes of storage enclosures, firmware inventory, and memory components might not be available for:
    • YX2X and YX3X models of PowerEdge servers.
    • YX4X models of PowerEdge servers with iDRAC version lesser than 3.30.30.30.
  • You may find the hardware inventory attribute for a storage enclosure empty. This is because the information may not be available on the target node iDRAC.
  • For PCIe SSD backplane of storage enclosures, few attribute values might not be available.
Network Devices Details such as:
  • NIC Name
  • Model
  • Manufacturer
  • Number of ports
  • Part number
  • Serial number
  • State (Enabled/Disabled)
Physical Disks Details such as,
  • Health of disks
  • Name
  • State (Enabled/Disabled)
  • Size (GB)
  • Slot Number
  • Bus protocol
  • Media type
  • Hot spare
  • Remaining rated write endurance

To view the additional properties of a disk, select the disk, and then expand the Advanced Properties. To view the associated storage controller, click the storage controller link under Advanced Properties. The associated storage controller is displayed in the Storage Controllers tab. If physical disks are attached to the CPU, then the storage controller link will not be available under Advanced Properties.

Blink and unblink physical disk LEDs

Select a node and then select a physical disk, click Blink to enable the blinking of the LEDs on the physical disk. The LEDs represent the state of physical disks. When the physical disks are blinking, it helps to locate, and also to identify the faulty physical disks in your data center. To disable the blinking of the physical disks, select a disk and click Unblink. In a cluster, the blink or unblink operation of a selected node must complete before using the blink or unblink operation on a different node.

The blink and unblink operations are not available for:
  • Disks associated to Boot Optimized Storage Subsystem (BOSS) cards.
  • Devices with iDRAC firmware version less than 3.30.30.30. Update the iDRAC firmware to the latest version to enable blink and unblink operations.
    • If blink and unblink operation is unavailable for selected supported disks even with iDRAC firmware version 3.30.30.30 and above, then upgrade the iDRAC firmware to the latest version to enable blink and unblink operations.
NOTE:
  • When the blink or unblink operation is running, Refresh button to load the latest health and hardware inventory information is disabled. And, when the health and hardware inventory is loaded in OMIMSWAC, blink and unblink operations is disabled.
  • Blink or unblink operation fails on physical disks that are attached to an embedded SATA controller with an error Blink/Unblibk May not be supported with - <disk_name>.
Power Supplies Details such as,
  • Name
  • Rated Wattage (Output)
  • Location
  • State (Unavailable/offline/enabled)
Fans
NOTE: Under Inventory, the attribute values of a few target node components are displayed as blank because the value might not be available in the target node.

Security

To view and configure security related features, select View > Security and go to secured-core and Infrastructure lock page. For more information about configuring security, see Configure Security.

Compliance

For HCI clusters, to view and update HCP Compliance or hardware compliance, click View > Compliance. Another menu with dropdown appears next to the Node menu. Select HCP Compliance or Hardware Updates to go to the respective page.

For failover clusters, to view and update cluster recommendation or hardware compliance, click View > Compliance. Another menu with dropdown appears next to the Node menu. Select Cluster Recommendation or Hardware Updates to go to the respective page.

For HCP compliance or Cluster Recommendation, see Validate and remediate HCI clusters or failover clusters using Dell policies.

For hardware updates, see Update nodes Windows Server HCI, Azure Stack HCI, and Failover clusters using OpenManage Integration extension.

Configure

To manage workload demands and power consumption, configure the resources (CPU cores). Select View > Configure. Another menu with dropdown appears next to the Node menu. Select CPU Core to go to the respective page.
NOTE: This feature is not available in failover clusters.

For more information about expand cluster, see Manage CPU cores in clusters or individual nodes.

Prerequisite Check

This feature checks whether the connection meets the requirements and dependencies to use inventory, compliance, and update (including Cluster-Aware Updating) features. To run the prerequisite check for a specific node in a cluster and see the report, select the node from the Node button. For more information about this feature, see Run prerequisite checks in stand-alone mode.


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