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

Prepare nodes to add to existing clusters

Use OpenManage Integration extension to prepare nodes to add to your existing Windows Server HCI, Azure Stack HCI, and Failover cluster.

It's always important for cluster administrators to keep the cluster symmetrical and adhere to Dell recommendations. During cluster expansion, to automate the process and help customers comply with Dell recommendations, OMIMSWAC has introduced a feature called "Expand Cluster". With the use of "Expand Cluster" feature, you as an administrator can prepare nodes ensuring the node is compatible and follow Dell recommendations, which can then be added to the existing cluster.

The cluster expansion process involves four major steps:
  1. High Level Compatibility Check: Helps to identify compatible nodes to add to the cluster.
  2. License Availability Check: Checks for OMIWAC premium licenses available on new nodes as well as cluster nodes.
  3. HCI Configuration Profile check: Helps you to validate new node as well as cluster nodes HCI configurations based on Dell recommendations. This process is only applicable for Windows Server HCI and Azure Stack HCI cluster.
  4. Update Compliance: Helps you to generate compliance report for both new nodes and cluster nodes and then fix the compliance only for new nodes.

After successfully completing all these steps, you can add a new node to an existing cluster.


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