How to Install Dell OpenManage on XenServer 6.5

This tutorial describes how to install the Dell OMSA (OpenManage Server Administrator) on Citrix XenServer 6.5.

Click the following link to read an updated article in our Knowledgebase on how-to install Dell OpenManage on XCP-ng 8.2.

Note: Citrix has spent long hours quality testing their packages.  The method below downloads packages directly from the CentOS-Base repository. While the following method has worked just fine in our lab, we ask you to proceed with caution.

Step 1: Temporarily disable the Citrix yum repository.  As of this post, Citrix’s repo does not seem to be working properly.

To do so, let’s temporarily move the Citrix.repo file out of the /etc/yum.repos.d folder.
Alternatively, you can also disable the repo within the file itself.

mv /etc/yum.repos.d/Citrix.repo /root/Citrix.repo

Step 2:
Run the following:

yum clean all

Step 3:
Install the Dell OMSA Repository:

wget -q -O – http://linux.dell.com/repo/hardware/Linux_Repository_14.12.00/bootstrap.cgi | bash

Step 4:
Install Dell OpenManage Server Administrator

yum –enablerepo=base install srvadmin-all

Step 5:
Open port 1311 in iptables

nano /etc/sysconfig/iptables

Now add the following line above the second-to-last line that mentions icmp-host-prohibited:

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

Step 6:
Restart iptables

service iptables restart

Step 7:
Start Dell OpenManage Server Administrator

/opt/dell/srvadmin/sbin/srvadmin-services.sh start

Step 8:
Move the Citrix.repo file back to the original location:

mv /root/Citrix.repo /etc/yum.repos.d

Step 9:
You can now access OMSA via your browser: https://Your.IP.Address.Here:1311

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  • This works great! I have one amendment to Step 5. It seems iptables now wants the updated parameters:
    -A RH-Firewall-1-INPUT -m conntrack –ctstate NEW -m tcp -p tcp –dport 1311 -j ACCEPT

    Thank you!

  • Thanks for this guideline, but we have two PE R730 and OMSA 7.4 not works correctly.
    We need OMSA 8 but it is not possible install it on Xen Server 6.5.
    Do you have information about new OMSA 8 for Xen Server 6.5?
    Thanks in advance

  • I was wondering about firmware updates.. I tried running the following commands which worked on XenServer 6.2

    yum install dell_ft_install
    update_firmware –yes
    yum install $(bootstrap_firmware)

  • Hi,
    Thank you so much!
    If you use Open Manage Essentials, I suggest to add this line too in the firewall rule:
    -A RH-Firewall-1-INPUT -m conntrack –ctstate NEW -m udp -p udp –dport 161 –j ACCEPT

    Have a nice day.

  • Thanks posting this!

    If you want firmware updates, just install the glibc.i686 from CentOS along with dell_ft_install:

    yum –enablerepo=base,updates install glibc.i686 dell_ft_install
    yum install $(bootstrap_firmware)
    update_firmware –yes

  • I got everything nice, however … After starting the service OMSA
    # /opt/dell/srvadmin/sbin/srvadmin-services.sh Start
    The xen network stops working … funny that it detects the active link by xsconsole, the interface is configured but has no connectivity … not ping anything.
    Any idea? I’ve tried to reconfigure the interfaces by xsconsole, emergency reset and nothing.

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