Manual installation of Dell OpenManage Server Administrator in Linux

Dell OpenManage Server Adminitrator is a utility that allows to manage a standalone sever. Some of its features are the ability  to check firmware and driver versions, as well as configuration of BIOS settings, Remote Access Card (DRAC) and Storage Configuration.

In this guide, we will show a simple straightforward of installing the application in a RHEL/RHEL variant environment.

Download Information

Find an appropriate package, such as 9.1 https://downloads.dell.com/FOLDER04637708M/1/OM-SrvAdmin-Dell-Web-LX-9.1.0-2757_A00.tar.gz

Note: The appropriate version for your system will vary by OS version and System type. The product information page can be found here: https://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/19/sln312492/openmanage-server-administrator-omsa?lang=en 

Download Instructions

  1. SSH to your Linux host
  2. Make a directory for the installation and switch to it. For example, I will switch to the root user account and make a OMSA directory on my Downloads path
    #su root
    # cd ~
    #cd Downloads
    #mkdir OMSA 
    #cd OMSA/
  3. Use WGET command to download the tar.gz package
 #wget https://downloads.dell.com/FOLDER04637708M/1/OM-SrvAdmin-Dell-Web-LX-9.1.0-2757_A00.tar.gz

 

Installation instructions

  1. First, find the name of the file that you have downloaded. This can be done by running the ls command to do a listing
    > ls
  2. Decompress the file using the tar command. On the file name, you can use tab to autocomplete the name of the package to be extracted
    #  tar -xvf OM-SrvAdmin-Dell-Web-LX-9.1.0-2757_A00.tar.gz
  3. Once the package is decompressed, you should see a setup file. In linux, most commonly it will be listed as a filename with the extension *.sh. For example
  4. #./setup.sh
  5. At this point, the installation will be like any typical program. There will be options for a typical installation, or customized installation. For most purposes, a typical installation is recommended.
  6. If you assumed that OMSA would install this easy on a RHEL variant, think again! However, look no further, here’s what you can do if you get an error that you are trying to install on an unsupported system. 

 

Post installation instructions

  1. Start the Dell OpenManage Server Administrator services.
    #services/opt/dell/srvadmin/sbin/srvadmin-services.sh start
  2. Dell OpenManage opens a webserver on port 1311. This port will need to be added to the Linux firewall
    #firewall-cmd --zone=public --add-port=1311/tcp --permanent
    #firewall-cmd --reload

At this point, you should be able to browse the OpenManage Server Administrator installation through any browser using the system’s ip address and port. Such as https://<hostip>:1311

In a future article, I will show how to to leverage Dell’s System Update Utility  (DSU) to install the OpenManage Server Administrator package.

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