Dell EMC OpenManage Integration with Microsoft Windows Admin Center enables IT administrators to manage the hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) that is created by using Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct Ready Nodes from Dell EMC. OpenManage Integration with Microsoft Windows Admin Center simplifies the tasks of IT administrators by remotely managing the Ready Nodes and clusters throughout their life cycle.
For more information about the features, benefits, and installation of OpenManage Integration with Microsoft Windows Admin Center, see the documentation at https://Dell.com/OpenManageManuals.
Prerequisites for managing Storage Spaces Direct Ready Nodes are:
Health Status is the default dashboard that provides details about the Azure Stack HCI cluster nodes.
On the Cluster - Azure Stack HCI page, click the Health Status tab to view the overall health status of the HCI cluster and the health status of the following server components of the nodes in Azure Stack HCI that were created with Microsoft Storage Spaces Direct Ready Nodes:
Selecting the Critical or Warning section in the overall health status doughnut chart displays the nodes and components that are in the critical or warning state respectively.
Select sections in the doughnut chart to filter the health status of the components. For example, selecting the red section displays only the components with critical health status.
Selecting sections of the chart for individual components shows the respective nodes with the component health status listed, as shown in the following figure. Expand the nodes to view the components.
The Hardware Inventory tab lists the servers that are part of the cluster, as shown in the following figure.
Clicking each of the servers provides details about the following components:
Clicking the iDRAC tab displays the Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller dashboard, as shown in the following figure. The dashboard lists the servers that are part of the Azure Stack HCI cluster. By selecting each iDRAC, you can view iDRAC details, such as iDRAC firmware version and iDRAC IP of the target node, and can directly launch the iDRAC console.
To view the latest update compliance report and details of the device components, OpenManage Integration with Windows Admin Center requires that you configure the settings for the update compliance tools. OpenManage Integration uses the Inventory Collector (IC) utility to collect the hardware inventory information from Azure Stack HCI cluster nodes. It uses the Dell EMC System Update Utility (DSU) to update cluster node firmware and drivers using Dell Update Packages (DUP).
By using OpenManage Integration with Windows Admin Center, you can view the update compliance details (firmware, driver, application, and BIOS) of the Azure Stack HCI cluster nodes.
The doughnut chart, which is shown in the following figure, represents the number of components in compliant, urgent, recommended, and optional states. The Compliance Report provides a detailed view of all the components with the current and baseline versions of the update type.
For Azure Stack HCI clusters, two doughnut charts—Node Summary and Component Summary—represent the update compliance of the individual nodes and components respectively. Expand the individual nodes in the Compliance Report to get the current version and baseline versions of the components and to view all the nodes and components in noncompliant, urgent, recommended, and optional states.
The following table lists known issues and workarounds related to OpenManage Integration with Microsoft Windows Admin Center with Dell EMC Solutions for Microsoft Azure Stack HCI clusters.
You cannot obtain the health and hardware inventory from a target iDRAC.
Ensure that the following items apply to the target node:
For management of PowerEdge servers, OpenManage Integration with Microsoft Windows Admin Center uses an internal operating-system-to-iDRAC pass-through interface. By default, iDRAC is reachable through the IP address 169.254.0.1/<Subnet> or 169.254.1.1/<Subnet>. However, if the host has another network interface in the same subnet (for example, when a tool such as VMFleet is installed), OpenManage Integration with Microsoft Windows Admin Center might not be able to communicate to the iDRAC from the host operating system. To resolve the conflict, log in to iDRAC and change the USB NIC IP address under OS to iDRAC Pass-through. For more information about assigning this IP address, see the iDRAC documentation on the Dell EMC Support site.
For Storage Spaces Direct Ready Nodes with firmware versions earlier than 18.104.22.168, information about the following components is not displayed:
Ensure that the Storage Spaces Direct Ready Nodes are updated with iDRAC 22.214.171.124 or later.
The overall health status of the Azure Stack HCI cluster is displayed as critical or warning even though the components of the nodes that are displayed on the Windows Admin Center are healthy.
For more details about the components in a critical health state, go to the respective iDRAC console.
Multiple instances of the OpenManage Integration with Microsoft Windows Admin Center extension are listed under Available and Installed Extensions.
This issue can occur when you install OpenManage Integration with Microsoft Windows Admin Center when more than one .nupkg packages are available in the specified local or network folder path, or the .nupkg packages are available in root or subfolders in addition to the folder path provided under Feeds > Add package source.
Ensure that a single .nupkg package is available in the root or subfolders under Feeds > Add package source.
When you navigate out of OpenManage Integration with Microsoft Windows Admin Center to other HCI or failover solution tools and then go back to OpenManage Integration, the following error is displayed: Enabling CredSSP Delegation.
Ignore the error. The functionality of OpenManage Integration with Microsoft Windows Admin Center is not blocked.
If the lockdown mode is enabled in iDRAC on Dell EMC Storage Spaces Direct Ready Nodes, an inventory of health, hardware, and iDRAC fails with the following error: Unable to create users on target iDRAC device.
Disable the lockdown mode on the target node that is being managed by OpenManage Integration with Microsoft Windows Admin Center.
The update Compliance Report is not generated for the cluster nodes.
You experience intermittent issues with the update compliance check (partial completion only),
Rerun the compliance check.
The OpenManage Integration default (Health Status) dashboard does not load.
This issue can occur when a NIC is disabled in the BIOS.
Enable all NICs in the BIOS on the target node that is being managed by OpenManage Integration with Microsoft Windows Admin Center.
The attribute values of hardware inventory information for storage enclosure components are missing.
This issue occurs when the information is not available on the target iDRAC.
The health status of physical disks that are attached to an embedded SATA controller is displayed as Unknown.
This issue occurs when iDRAC is unable to get the health information for these disks.
Storage Spaces Direct Ready Node branding is not correct.
Branding changes will be reflected in the next release.
When the OpenManage Integration with Microsoft Windows Admin Center extension communicates with the cluster for the first time, the operating system-to-iDRAC pass-through (USB NIC) is enabled for the device management operations, and it remains enabled.
When the USB NIC is enabled in the clustered environment, cluster events are logged with an error such as Cluster network 'Cluster Network X' is partitioned. Some attached failover cluster nodes cannot communicate with each other over the network.