Dell OpenManage Express Install

Dell OpenManage System Administration (OMSA) tools makes it easy to see server health, storage management, hardware health checks etc on DELL Servers from anywhere.

If you’re running RHEL5, CentOS, Scientific Linux, RHEL4+yum, SLES+yum, you can easily install DELL OpenManage System Administration Tool (OMSA) from DELL Official yum repository.  Read this link for more information Dell Hardware Repo latest.

Set up this repository:

wget -q -O - | bash

Install OpenManage Server Administrator

yum install srvadmin-all

Once the installation is over, OpenManage services  can be start using following command. start start

Then access the OpenManage via browser at https://:1311

NOTE: OMSA will not install on unsupported systems. If you receive a message at install that the system is not supported, it is likely that your system is not supported, and the install will fail. This is most common on SC-class systems, as OMSA is completely unsupported on these systems.

Firewall Rule:

To enable port 1311 you can add the following rules to /etc/sysconfig/iptables on Redhat based systems.

-A RH-Firewall-1-INPUT -m state --state NEW -m tcp -p tcp --dport 1311 -j ACCEPT

Save the file and restart iptables

#service iptables restart

You can also find direct links to DELL support on OMSA interface.

I used the same instructions to install OMSA on Citrix XenServer which is based on CentOS recently.

Other Links:

DELL Linux Community-supported repository

Dell OpenManage Server Administrator Version 6.1 documentation

Startup City


Yesterday attended an event called “Startup City” Organized by Silicon India at Nimhans convention hall, Bangalore.

It was a good chance to hear about top notch companies like Rediff, Naukri and Tejas Network directly from their founders. (Sanjay Bikchandhani), (Ajit Balakrishnan) and Tejas Networks (Sanjay Nayak) shared their experience with the startup city. Along with it I attended a range of inspirational and informative seminars covering everything from Cloud Computing to Monetizing Applications from leaders of, Sun Microsystems and Forum Nokia.

Stalls arranged at the venue displayed various products and services offered by many startups and it was good learning experince talking to many of them. Checked out Amazon’s “Kindle” and Nokia’s upcoming touch screen handset N97 too. I also got a chance to check out OpenMoko phone.