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

Onboard Dell policies to Azure Arc from Windows Admin Center to monitor Azure Stack HCI clusters

In the OpenManage Integration extension, you can deploy the Dell HCI Configuration Profile (HCP) policies onto Azure Arc, and then use these policies in Azure Arc to monitor your Azure Stack HCI clusters.

Prerequisites

  • Cluster must be Dell Integrated System for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI; versions 21H2 or 22H2.
  • OMIWAC premium license must be installed on each cluster node.
  • For Azure monitoring, internet must be available on Windows Admin Center and target nodes.
  • Deploying Azure policies requires administrator rights on the target Windows machine or server to install and configure the agent. Also, you must be a member of the Gateway users role.
  • Azure Stack HCI Cluster and WAC gateway must be registered on Azure and use the same account to sign in. For more information about Azure registration, see register Windows Admin Center with Azure.
  • Cluster nodes must be Arc enabled and onboarded to Azure Arc. See https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/azure-arc/servers. Furthermore, ensure that all nodes are registered to the same resource group, and that the resource group has no other Arc enabled nodes that are not part of the current cluster.
  • In all cluster nodes, ensure that all RDMA enabled network adapters are connected to the same NIC ports as recommended by Dell. For more information, see HCI Operations Guide-Managing and Monitoring the Solution Infrastructure Life Cycle in https://infohub.delltechnologies.com/t/guides-74/.

About this task

Perform the following steps to deploy Dell HCP policies to Azure Arc:

Steps

  1. Sign in to Windows Admin Center.
  2. From the All connections page, select a cluster to connect to it.
  3. From the left-hand pane, under Extensions, click Dell OpenManage Integration > Azure.
    • OpenManage Integration checks the necessary prerequisites. If all the prerequisites are successful, a Sign In button is displayed.
    • If any prerequisite fails, list of prerequisites with status and recommendations for failed prerequisites appear. Follow the recommendation to make sure all the prerequisites are successful to move to the next step.
  4. Click Sign In. A sign-in window opens to let you sign in to the Azure account. Specify your Azure subscription account details.
    When finished, the button shows as Signed-in.
  5. In the Onboarding Checklist section, the OpenManage Integration extension verifies and displays the list of prerequisites and shows the recommendations if prerequisites are not met.
    • Click Show Details to see the list of prerequisites, status, and recommendations if prerequisites do not match. You cannot move to the next step until all the prerequisites match.
    • Click Refresh Checklist to see the prerequisites with the updated status.

    For more information about the checklist, see Azure built-in roles in the Microsoft document.

  6. In the Onboard Policies section, do the following:
    • Click View Subcription Details to see the Azure account subscription details.
    • To edit network topology and deployment model settings, click Edit Cluster Settings, specify the details, and click Save to save the settings for future use.
    • If policies are not onboarded to Azure Arc, click Onboard Policies to see the details of the applicable Dell HCP policies for onboard and go to the next step.
    • If policies are already onboarded to Azure Arc, click View Details to see the details about already onboarded policies. To export the onboarded policies in a CSV format, click Export Details.
    The Onboard Dell HCI Configuration Profile policies for Azure window appears on the right side showing the available policies for onboarding or update. It also shows version of the previously onboarded policy, if any, and the number of policies already onboarded with a green dot. All the mandatory policies are selected by default and you cannot change it. You can clear the optional policies, if any. To onboard or update the onboarded policies, click Onboard.
  7. After the policies are onboarded, next to the Onboard Policies button, the policy onboarding status appears. Click View Details to see the Policy Onboarding Status page that displays the status of each policy that was onboarded to the Azure Arc.
    To export the onboarded policies in a CSV format, click Export Details.
  8. After the policies are successfully onboarded, to monitor your cluster using Dell HCP policies, log in to Azure portal (Azure Arc) using the same subscription account. Click the Resource Groups to find the resources you want to monitor (Go to step 6 to find the resource group in the view subscription details.)
    Cluster node details are displayed.
  9. To check the cluster compliance, click Policies under "Settings."
    The Policy page displays the cluster compliance and lists all the applicable policies including the default policies.
    NOTE: Ignore the policy details of the "Dell Exempted Policy" as it only helps in tracking policy versions of onboarded Dell HCP policies and it does not impact cluster performance or compliance.
  10. In the Search box, enter Dell to find the policies that are onboarded from the OpenManage Integration extension. Select a policy to have a deeper look at the compliance for that particular policy. For more information about viewing compliance data in Azure portal, see Microsoft Azure Policy documentation.

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