Upgrade DELL Open Manage Server Administrator (OMSA)

Some of our servers are running on Dell which include Open Manage Server Administrator (OMSA) to manage the physical server  remotely. OMSA can be access via port 1311 in HTTPS by using web browser. Most of the time, I only use OMSA to manage and monitor our physical disk which run on RAID.

The version that I currently use is 6.3.0, which is the old one (because I have not update anything on OMSA since first usage). Following steps show on how to update Dell OMSA with the easiest way. Before upgrade, lets take a look on how OMSA’s current look:

Variable as below:

OS: Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server release 5.6 (Tikanga)
Server IP: 192.168.100.30
OMSA URL: https://192.168.100.30:1311

1. We will use yum to update current OMSA installation. Lets add the Dell Open Manage repository into it:

$ cd /usr/local/src
$ wget -q -O - http://linux.dell.com/repo/hardware/latest/bootstrap.cgi | bash

2. The safest way is to stop and remove the old version:

/opt/dell/srvadmin/sbin/srvadmin-services.sh stop
$ yum remove -y srvadmin*

3. Lets install new OMSA:

$ yum install -y srvadmin-all

4. Log out from SSH and relogin back to reset OMSA path.

5. Start OMSA service to load new update:

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

And check whether it runs on the correct port:

$ netstat -tulpn | grep 1311
tcp     0       0 0.0.0.0:1311       0.0.0.0:*       LISTEN       29960/dsm_om_connsv

Done! Now lets see how our OMSA new look:

It seems Dell has hired great web developer for this new OMSA interface (version 6.5.0). As for me, it is not really matter as long as all required functionalities are still there. Cheers!