Install Dell OpenManage Server Administrator on Hyper-V Server 2012 R2



  • Dell's OpenManage Server Administrator (OSMA) is a very useful tool to have setup on any Dell hardware. A little time on Google will result in a number of guides for this, but none of them were 100% clear on the process.

    So, with a server under a Dell support contract I called support. They gave me the same instructions that I found previously. Really not a lot of help as you can see.
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    So I decided to make these instructions.

    1. Download the most recent version of OSMA for your server model. I will be listed on the Dell support site under Systems Management.
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    2. The current version is 8.2
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    3. Once downloaded extract the files from the executable into a folder. I like 7zip for this.
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    4. Copy the extracted folders to a location accessible by the Hyper-V host. I just put it in a folder called OSMA on the C drive via admin share.
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    5. Log into the Hyper-V host, navigate to the sub directory cd \OMSA\windows\SystemsManagementx64
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    6. Run the installer msiexec /i sysmgmtx64.msi
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    7. Click yes to skip the prereq check.
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    8. Click next
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    9. Accept the license and click next again.
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    10. Ensure Typical is selected and click next.
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    11. Finally, click install and wait for it to finish.
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    12. Click Finish
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    13. Launch Powershell
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    14. Add a firewall rule to allow access to the OMSA Web GUI New-NetFirewallRule -Name Dell_OMSA -DisplayName "Dell OMSA" -Description "Dell OMSA Web Management" -Protocol TCP -Enabled True -Profile Any -Action Allow -LocalPort 1311
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    15. From your management PC, open a web browser to your Hyper-V server's IP on port 1311 and log in with domain admin credentials. https://hv01:1311
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    16. Handle anything not green 🙂
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    17. In this example, it is firmware.
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  • Thanks a lot for the info.



  • Before step 5, you might have to:
    dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:ServerCore-WOW64

    Then cd \smsa\windows\preReqChecker
    and run:
    runprereqchecks.exe /s

    that will prevent the warning later on.



  • @Mike-Davis said:

    Before step 5, you might have to:
    dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:ServerCore-WOW64

    Then cd \smsa\windows\preReqChecker
    and run:
    runprereqchecks.exe /s

    that will prevent the warning later on.

    Yes, Google gives you that information.

    But did you just follow Google or try things?

    Also enabling SysWOW64 requires a reboot. Then you install. Then you disable SysWOW64 requiring another reboot.

    Why do all of that when there is no need?

    SysWOW64 is NOT needed for OSMA to run.

    That is why it is not in my instructions above.



  • @JaredBusch I just did it this morning on a box. I didn't try to install the .msi before running dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:ServerCore-WOW64
    I did notice I didn't need a reboot, so I figured that someone ran it before me.

    I also ran runprereqchecks.exe /s and didn't get prompted, so I know that step works.



  • @Mike-Davis said:

    @JaredBusch I just did it this morning on a box. I didn't try to install the .msi before running dism /online /enable-feature /featurename:ServerCore-WOW64
    I did notice I didn't need a reboot, so I figured that someone ran it before me.

    I also ran runprereqchecks.exe /s and didn't get prompted, so I know that step works.

    The whole reason for SysWOW64 is to enable 32 bit support for things.

    The Dell application is a 64 bit application. Again, why run things when you do not need to. You should not be enabling features that you do not require on a server.

    As for skipping the pre-req check. It is a prerequisite check. nothing more. If your system supports the product, there is not need to run a check. Hyper-V Server supports the OMSA, so who cares about running a pre-req program.



  • @JaredBusch Thanks for the explanation. That makes sense.



  • Old Topic but just did this on my first server core install and worked like a charm! Thanks!!



  • Just installed this on the Hyper-V Server 2016 instance I setup a couple days ago.

    Was previously installed on this hardware under Server 2012 R2 Datacenter, so good to know there were no issues just because of Hyper-V Server 2016.

    I was lazy and did not look for a newer version of OMSA, as I had a version on the local network already.

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  • This was useful again today!



  • Anyone test on 2019 yet??



  • @jt1001001 said in Install Dell OpenManage Server Administrator on Hyper-V Server 2012 R2:

    Anyone test on 2019 yet??

    I should be able to tomorrow or wednesday.



  • @jt1001001 said in Install Dell OpenManage Server Administrator on Hyper-V Server 2012 R2:

    Anyone test on 2019 yet??

    It is not OpenManage anymore for newer servers although you can install this. They will push you to install SupportAssist.



  • Thanks for posting this three years ago. It helped me on Friday to get better insight into a degraded RAID on a 9.5 year old R710 that is running Hyper V Server 2016. Wouldn't have been a disaster if I'd lost the array as this host doesn't run any VM's (it just holds Veeam Replicas), but I was glad to not have to build it again.

    I'm so glad iDRAC on newer PowerEdge servers lets us see the RAID, unlike the iDRAC6 Enterprise on this old R710. OMSA fills that gap for me though, so I'm quite happy.

    FWIW, I downloaded OMSA 9.3 under the Server 2012 R2 listings on Dell's download page for the R710. Not surprisingly, they don't list Server 2016 or Hyper V 2016 under the OS choices), but it installed just fine.



  • @CharlesHTN said in Install Dell OpenManage Server Administrator on Hyper-V Server 2012 R2:

    FWIW, I downloaded OMSA 9.3 under the Server 2012 R2 listings on Dell's download page for the R710. Not surprisingly, they don't list Server 2016 or Hyper V 2016 under the OS choices), but it installed just fine.

    I recently did this on a Hyper-V server 2016 myself. It is very helpful compared to iDRAC 6.

    I do not have nay iDRAC 7+ in the wild yet. So I dunno how those compare.



  • @JaredBusch said in Install Dell OpenManage Server Administrator on Hyper-V Server 2012 R2:

    @CharlesHTN said in Install Dell OpenManage Server Administrator on Hyper-V Server 2012 R2:

    FWIW, I downloaded OMSA 9.3 under the Server 2012 R2 listings on Dell's download page for the R710. Not surprisingly, they don't list Server 2016 or Hyper V 2016 under the OS choices), but it installed just fine.

    I recently did this on a Hyper-V server 2016 myself. It is very helpful compared to iDRAC 6.

    I do not have nay iDRAC 7+ in the wild yet. So I dunno how those compare.

    They are much better and do have Storage Information. Idrac 9 is all HTML5 now.



  • @dbeato said in Install Dell OpenManage Server Administrator on Hyper-V Server 2012 R2:

    They are much better and do have Storage Information. Idrac 9 is all HTML5 now.

    I dunno. I kind of prefer the old, clunky interfaces that require a Java install from 2012 to work...LOL (But seriously, I do keep a Latitude D620 with XP and ancient Java around for the occasional "what's this old piece of junk and how do I get in it moments". Airgapped, of course. Used it to get into an old EMC SAN, as well as some old Motorola WAP's.)

    Our new host (R730xd) came with iDRAC 8 Enterprise. I can get to it's console without Java, so I'm happy. I seldom need remote console access anymore since my office is 30 feet from the server, but it's nice to have the option if I'm out of the office (I loaded the OS remotely on it from 30 feet away just because). At my prior job, we had HP's with ILO and installed OS'es on servers that were 30 miles away, so it was a huge plus. Of course, back then, it was Java all the way.

    Always fun when you run into an iDRAC in the wild whose password is still "calvin". That's why I always change it to "hobbes"!



  • @CharlesHTN said in Install Dell OpenManage Server Administrator on Hyper-V Server 2012 R2:

    That's why I always change it to "hobbes"!

    hahaha, Shaw and Hobbs 😛 but anyway yeah I hear you.