Dell EMC OpenManage Enterprise has now been available available as a Tech Release for a couple of months now, and I have recently had a opportunity to sit down and do some evaluation of the product at work.
The following thoughts and comments are made based on the version 1.0.0 (build 543) appliance.
OpenManage Enterprise (OMEnt) is described by Dell EMC as the next generation of their Open Manage Essentials (OMEss) platform. At face value it has some really good features going for it:
- System is now deployed from an appliance template (OVF, VHD etc). No more having to customise a host build for the application, and no more licensing considerations.
- The UI is now HTML5. I can’t begin to describe how happy I am to see the end of silverlight…
- Information and UI simplification.
Well all good things must come to an end and so it passes that this is the last day MS Ignite for another year . Definitely a more subdued feeling amongst the attendees (maybe due to a big night last night!) and many delegates are already flying home, not choosing to be here for the last day of events.
Server Model Affected: Proliant DL380 G4, Windows Server 2008 SP2 x86
I’ve had to deal with an annoying issue just recently – When attempting to install the latest Proliant Support Pack (8.7) on a server, the installation of the SNMP management agents failed to install with a missing dependency. The error was as follows:
Installation for “HP Insight Management Agents for Windows Server 2003/2008 x64 Editions” requires one or more of the following that is not currently installed or in the install set:
– HP ProLiant Advanced System Management Controller Driver for Windows
– HP ProLiant iLO Advanced and Enhanced System Management Controller Driver for Windows
– HP ProLiant iLO 2 Management Controller Driver for Windows
– HP ProLiant iLO 3 Management Controller Driver for Windows
– HP ProLiant 100-Series Management Controller Driver for Windows
After a bit of hair pulling, I did succeed in getting the 8.7 Drivers installed. Read on.
One of the wonders of HP out of band management known as “Lights Out Administrator” is that in order to do anything useful with it you need to purchase an Advanced license. This allows you to do things like AD integration, Remote console etc.
The fun begins though when people accidently misplace the License Certificates for activation months ago, and all of a sudden the mainboard in a server needs replacing. When replaced, you lose your iLO Advanced license key. So now you are thinking about this, wouldn’t it be a great time to do a quick inventory of servers and their associated licenses?