Jun 1, 2021 by Thibault Debatty | 8847 views
Dell OpenManage Server Administrator (OMSA) is a Dell utility to monitor your Dell servers. Here is how to install and use OMSA on a Ubuntu server...
At the time of writing, the latest version of Dell OMSA is v10.0.1, but there are multiple version available, These different versions are compatible with different generations of servers (hardware), and with different versions of Ubuntu.
First step is to determine the generation of your server. Generally, the generation corresponds to the second digit of your server model. For example, a Dell PowerEdge R340 is a server of 14th generation, while a Dell PowerEdge R6515 is from 15th generation.
As a rule of thumb, for a server of 15th generation, you will need at least OMSA v9.3.1.
The OMSA version to use must also be compatible with your version of Ubuntu. You can find the compatibility matrix on https://linux.dell.com/repo/community/openmanage/
When you have found a version that is compatible with your server and your version of Ubuntu, you can start the installation...
First, you have to add the correct apt source:
echo "deb http://linux.dell.com/repo/community/openmanage/$VERSION/$RELEASE $RELEASE main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/linux.dell.com.sources.list
For example, to install OMSA v9.4.0 on Ubuntu 18.04 (bionic):
export VERSION="940" export RELEASE="bionic" echo "deb http://linux.dell.com/repo/community/openmanage/$VERSION/$RELEASE $RELEASE main" | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/linux.dell.com.sources.list
Key and update
Import the repository signing key and update:
sudo gpg --keyserver pool.sks-keyservers.net --recv-key 1285491434D8786F sudo gpg -a --export 1285491434D8786F | sudo apt-key add - sudo apt update
The OMSA repository offers different packages and meta-packages. For a minimal installation, you should only install
sudo apt install srvadmin-server-cli srvadmin-storage-cli
There is also a possibility to install a complete management webserver, with package
srvadmin-webserver, or a SNMP client, with
srvadmin-server-snmp etc. But these will not be covered here...
The different OMSA tools will be installed in
For the other tools to work, the built-in OMSA service must be started:
sudo /opt/dell/srvadmin/sbin/srvadmin-services.sh start
Finally, we can use the OMSA tools. The primary available tool is
omreport, that can show detailed info about your system:
sudo /opt/dell/srvadmin/bin/omreport system version sudo /opt/dell/srvadmin/bin/omreport system summary sudo /opt/dell/srvadmin/bin/omreport chassis info
omreport commands are organized in commands and sub-commands. The main top level commands are:
system: shows global information about OS, installed version of OMSA, configured IP addresses etc.
chassis: show mainly hardware information like processors, memory, power supplies, fans, network cards, temerature probes etc.
storage: shows information about storage controllers and disks.
You can try any of these with the ```-h````parameter to get more information about subcommands:
sudo /opt/dell/srvadmin/bin/omreport system -h