Installing Dell OpenManage Essentials 1.1.1

Dell OpenManage Essentials, or OME, is the ITA and Server Administrator replacement. You install it on a server, then connect to that server with a web browser. It’s pretty sweet.

Here’s what it looks like when finished:






  1. Install SQL Server Express R2
  2. Install the Prereqs
  3. Install OME
  4. Update to 1.1.1
  5. Discover Devices

SQL and Prereqs

  1. The SQL Install is straight-forward; nothing special is necessary.
  2. Run the following command in Powershell to install IIS:
    Import-Module ServerManager
    Add-WindowsFeature Web-Server,Web-Windows-Auth,Web-App-Dev,Web-Url-Auth,Web-Filtering,Web-IP-Security,Web-ASP,Web-ASP-Net,Web-Net-Ext,Web-ISAPI-Filter,Web-ISAPI-Ext,Web-ASP,Web-Stat-Compression,Web-Dyn-Compression,Web-Http-Redirect,Web-Default-Doc,Web-Filtering,Web-Security,Web-Common-Http,Web-Http-Errors,Web-Mgmt-Console
  3. Create a service account which the OME application will use to access SQL. I used domain\dell-ome.
  4. Download OME and the OEM 1.1.1 Update.

OME Install

  1. Run the OME Installer, and allow it to install the following prereq’s.
    • IPMI Utility
    • SNMP Service
    • DRAC Tools
  2. Run the OME Installer, and click next a few times. It’s pretty straight-forward.
    • Note — it’s difficult to change the service account, so I recommend creating one before you install.
  3. Run the OME 1.1.1 Patch. Also easy.
  4. For any users you want to give access, add them to the OMAdministrators or OMUsers local groups.
  5. Open Start -> Run -> Services.msc -> SNMP Service – Properties.
  6. On the security tab, add any SNMP community strings that you want the box to accept.
  7. Open Administrative Tools -> Advanced Firewall.
  8. Enable the “SNMP Trap” UDP and TCP rules, so that incoming traps are received.

You can now run the OME! I’ll have a post up soon about discovering ESXi boxes.

2 thoughts on “Installing Dell OpenManage Essentials 1.1.1

  1. Pingback: Discovering ESXi Hosts in Dell OpenManage Essentials 1.1.1 | windowsmasher

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