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How to use OMSA to manage RAID configuration in PowerEdge R610?

Hi,

As iDRAC 6 doesn't have that function, I would like to use OMSA for manage the RAID configuration.
A strange thing is that before formating my server, I was able to perform these RAID tasks using OMSA in a similar environment, i.e., using the same OMSA version (9.1.0) as well as the same OS (ESXi 6.0u3) and firmware, but after that task (formating and OS reinstallation) I can't see the "Storage" option in the OMSA anymore.
I've already tried to use OpenManage Enterprise for it, but despite it shows the RAID status I can't change anything (e.g.: I can't define a hot spare disk, perform a consistence check, etc);
I know that I can perform these tasks through BIOS (using RAID utility), but that isn't an option when it must be done with the OS running.
I'm out of options, I've tried everything I could imagine, like upgrade all the firmwares to the last version, resinstall OMSA, and even format it again using the same OS (ESXi 6.0u3).
I even tried to search for another tools that allow me to do that task (RAID management), but I've got nothing.

Server: PowerEdge R610
PERC 6/i Integrated: 6.3.3.0002
BIOS version: 6.6.0
iDRAC 6: 2.92
OS host: ESXi 6.0u3 (Dell image)
RAID controller: PERC 6/i Integrated
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Hello edmpw,

 

Is OMSA installed on Host or VM? It should be the host to manage hardware. You can install OMSA management node on a VM to manage the OMSA on the host.

 

Have you restarted the Host after installing?

You may give that a try.

Also try restarting OMSA services : https://dell.to/3Pmw7qh

 

 

Next you may try stepping back a version:

OMSA 8.5

https://dell.to/3C4a9p6

 

 

Notes:

There are two parts to the OMSA install on an ESXi host:

1. A vSphere Installation Bundle (VIB) that is installed on the host

 

2. A Managed Node that is installed on a Windows system, to access the information from the VIB on the ESXi host

 

A reboot will be required to complete the installation of the VIB on the ESXi host.

Installation Steps for OMSA 8.5 VIB:

1. Download Dell OpenManage Server Administrator vSphere Installation Bundle (VIB) for ESXi 6.0, v8.5:

 

https://dell.to/3C4a9p6
filename
OM-SrvAdmin-Dell-Web-8.5.0-2372.VIB-ESX60i_A00.zip

 

2. Upload the .zip file to the /tmp directory on the ESXi host

 

a. Open the VMware vSphere Client and log in by entering the ESXi/vCenter Credentials

 

b. On the host we are installing OMSA on select the “Configuration” tab then under Hardware select “Storage”

 

c. Right-click on a datastore and select “Browse Datastore…”

 

 

d. Upload the file by clicking the “Upload files to datastore” icon in the Datastore Browser window.

 

e. Browse to the file location and upload “OM-SrvAdmin-Dell-Web-8.5.0-2372.VIB-ESX60i_A00.zip” to the datastore.

 

3. Enable SSH on the Host

 

a. Select the host and click the Configuration tab.

 

b. Click Security Profile in the Software panel.

 

c. In the Services section, click Properties.

 

d. Select SSH from the list and click Options.

e. In order to temporarily start or stop the service, click the “Start” button. SSH will disable itself during the next reboot. Otherwise, manually disable it if no longer needed.

 

f. Click OK.

 

4. Open the CLI through PuTTY or other client capable of SSH sessions

 

a. To download PuTTY, click on this link:

 

https://dell.to/3bUjO75

b. Open a PuTTY session and enter the ESXi hostname or IP address and click “Open”

 

c. Login to CLI with the ESXi host’s credentials

 

5. Once logged into PuTTY check for previous OpenManage (OMSA) installs

 

a. Run the command:

 

esxcli software vib list | grep –i dell

 

b. If previous install is located, remove by running the following command:

 

esxcli software vib remove –n OpenManage

6. Installing OpenManage 8.5 VIB

 

a. Copy the VIB from the datastore it was uploaded to, and transfer to the /tmp directory by running the following command

 

cp /vmfs/volumes/*NameOfDatastore/OM-SrvAdmin-Dell-Web-8.5.0-2372.VIB-ESX60i_A00.zip /tmp

*NameOfDatastore = the case sensitive name of the datastore the VIB was uploaded to. In our example, we will be using datastore1.

Example:

cp /vmfs/volumes/datastore1/OM-SrvAdmin-Dell-Web-8.5.0-2372.VIB-ESX60i_A00.zip /tmp

b. Navigate to the /tmp directory

 

cd /tmp

c. Once in the /tmp directory we will want to run the install command

 

esxcli software vib install -d /tmp/OM-SrvAdmin-Dell-Web-8.5.0-2372.VIB-ESX60i_A00.zip

d. Reboot the host to have the changes take effect

 

 

To install on a client machine:

  1.  Download the OMSA client software at https://dell.to/3AnIDSb filename OM-SrvAdmin-Dell-Web-WINX64-8.5.0-2372_A00.exe.
  2. Run that on the system, extract the archive to c:\Openmanage. 
  3. Navigate to C:\Openmanagge\Windows.
  4. Click Setup and follow the on-screen prompts. 
  5. When logging in to Server Administrator:

Enter the administrative credentials you would use to log in to the physical host, then click “Ignore certificate warnings” and Submit.

 

 


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OMSA is installed in my host (ESXi itself).
Every time I perform an installation, uninstall, or even a reinstallation I reboot my server, so I think I'd not need to restart OMSA services manually.
I've also tried to install OMSA 8.5, but after it I'm get the following error when I try to access OMSA using any browser (IE 11, Chrome, or Firefox)
"Login failed....Internal Error"

After I followed your steps to install OSMA 8.5, I can see that it was installed with success
[root@localhost:~] esxcli software vib list | grep Dell
dell-configuration-vib 6.0-3A15 DellEMC PartnerSupported 2022-07-30
OpenManage 8.5.0.ESXi600-2372 Dell PartnerSupported 2022-08-23
iSM 3.1.0.ESXi6-960 Dell PartnerSupported 2022-08-13

When I come back to OMSA 9.1.0 (the last version available to R610) I can access it normally, but the storage options isn't showed.
I'm curious why I could see that options before before formating my server (storage) and know I can't, even after reformating it (ESXi) several times.

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Hello edmpw,

 

I'm researching the issue. Could you post me a picture of the OMSA GUI so I can see missing sections?

 

Check lsi Driver installed in the system

~ # esxcli software vib list | grep -i lsi

 

 

Check the driver used by the PERC controller

~ # esxcfg-scsidevs –a | grep –i PERC

 


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Hi @DELL-CHARLES C 

Sorry the delay

Follow the solicited prints attached.

Through them you can see the old GUI and also the new (current)CLI commandCLI command

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Old GUI (before formating my server)Old GUI (before formating my server)

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Hello edmpw,

 

Did you start services after installing.

[root@NBE-ESXi01:/opt/dell/srvadmin/sbin] https://dell.to/3B4rkVx start

 


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Hi,

Sorry, but what did you mean by that command?
It seems to be a broken link (https://dell.to/3B4rkVx).

Nevertheless I entered in that path to list its content

[root@localhost:/opt/dell/srvadmin/sbin] ls -l
total 304
-r-xr-xr-x 1 root root 70292 May 17 2019 dcecfg
-r-xr-xr-x 1 root root 187516 May 17 2019 dcetst
-r-xr-xr-x 1 root root 39852 May 17 2019 dcicfg
-r--r--r-- 1 root root 923 May 17 2019 omexec.BADA
-r--r--r-- 1 root root 2744 May 17 2019 racadm-wrapper-idrac

Should I need to start one of them?

After installing OSMA and rebooting my server I think it is already started, as I'm able to access it through a browser.

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Hello edmpw,

 

The services should have started but let's run the command to start them and check results.

If it still doesn't show Storage then give them a restart:

 

[root@NBE-ESXi01:/opt/dell/srvadmin/sbin] services.sh start

services.sh restart

 

 

Let's also get the vib list for OMSA:

 

For ESXi 6.x, use

esxcli --server <ESXi host IP> software vib get -n=OpenManage

or

esxcli --server <ESXi host IP> software vib list

 

 

The VIB contains the following items:

Server Administrator Instrumentation Service

Remote Enablement

Server Administrator Storage Management

Remote Access Controller

 


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Hello,

I tried to start, restart and also stop and start in sequence using services.sh, but the results are always the same, i.e., the Storage option isn't showed.

If a try to access OMSA several times in the same day, it shows an error (print attached). So I need to reboot my server or wait one whole day to return the access to OMSA.

omsa_loginerror.jpgomsa.jpg

 

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Hello edmpw,

 

Were you able to get a list of the OMSA services installed? I don't see it in the screen shot.

 


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