Dell OpenManage Integration with Windows Admin Center enables IT administrators to manage the HCI that is created by using Microsoft HCI Solutions from Dell Technologies. OpenManage Integration with Windows Admin Center simplifies the tasks of IT administrators by remotely managing the AX nodes and clusters throughout their life cycle.
For more information about the features, benefits, and installation of OpenManage Integration with Windows Admin Center, see the documentation at https://www.dell.com/support/home/product-support/product/openmanage-integration-microsoft-windows-admin-center/docs.
Windows Admin Center is a browser-based management tool developed by Microsoft to monitor and manage Windows Servers, failover clusters, and hyperconverged clusters.
The AX nodes for Storage Spaces Direct offer software-defined storage building blocks for creating highly available and highly scalable HCI. The AX nodes are preconfigured with certified components and validated as a Storage Spaces Direct solution that includes Dell PowerSwitch S-Series switches, with simplified ordering and reduced deployment risks. Dell Technologies offers configuration options within these building blocks to meet different capacity and performance points. With Windows Admin Center, you can seamlessly monitor and manage the HCI clusters that are created on these building blocks.
Download Windows Admin Center version 2211 or later from Microsoft download center. Install Windows Admin Center directly on a managed node to manage itself. You can also install Windows Admin Center on other nodes in the infrastructure or on a separate management station to manage the AX nodes.
The prerequisites for managing AX nodes are:
To view and update the hardware compliance, select Server Manager from the WAC menu. Go to the server on which single node cluster is created and select . Another menu button with drop-down appears next to the Node button. Select Hardware updates to go to the compliance page.
Use the Update tab of the OpenManage Integration with Microsoft Windows Admin Center UI to view update compliance and update the cluster.
To view the latest update compliance report and update the cluster using an offline catalog, OpenManage Integration with Windows Admin Center requires that you configure the update compliance tools.
When the update job is completed, the compliance job is triggered automatically.
By using the HCP Compliance feature, you can see the cluster compliance using HCI Configuration Profile (HCP) checks, see the recommendations, and remediate non-compliant components.
To run HCP Compliance check in OpenManage Integration extension, perform the following steps by selecting the single node cluster in the Cluster Manager.
Requirements mentioned in the pre-requisites are met.
Fully-converged: All storage ports from the server are connected to the same network fabric. Within the host operating system, the NIC ports are used for both storage and management/VM traffic.
Non-converged-Physical: Storage traffic is on the physical storage network adapter ports and management/VM traffic through a SET created using network ports of the server rNDC.
Non-Converged-Set: Storage traffic uses virtual adapters in the host operating system connected to a SET.
OpenManage Integration extension fetches the applicable policies, validates the cluster node(s) attributes with the policy attributes, and displays the compliance summary.
After the status is succeeded, OpenManage Integration extension rechecks the compliance and displays the updated compliance summary.