I have to admit that I was pretty skeptical about installing and configuring Dell OpenManage 8.3 (OMSA) on my ESXi 6 hosts. I never really had a good enough reason to have OpenManage installed on the ESXi hosts in my backup site. After all it is a backup site and my servers were in RAID 5 and I could tolerate a degraded performance if/when something goes bad. Well…fast forward two (2) failed HDDs at the same time and here is my reason for OpenManage (OMSA). During the process of trying to recover my broken RAID 5 and save me from having to rebuild the array and lose all my data, I figured how to install OMSA on my host. It was surprisingly very simple and straight forward process.
SPOILER ALERT: It is super easy and I have the instructions for you below. Just keep in mind that I am not responsible for any system down-time or data loss that you may experience during this process. The process below worked for me and your experience may vary depending on many factors. Please make sure to backup your settings, configs and data before you begin.
- Download Dell OpenManage Server Administration 8.3
- Download and Install WinSCP if needed (free tool)
- Using WinSCP copy the VIB package (no need to unzip) to the ESXi host. I like to put these type of files in the /tmp directory
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