OpenManage

Running Dell DSET remotely on ESXi

For those using Dell hardware, when you log the job with Dell Support, they’ll ask you to run a DSET report. This collects various information of the server including service tag, all hardware devices, firmware versions etc. There’s 3 ways to get DSET info. 1) Install DSET locally 2) Run DSET LiveCD 3) Run DSET remotely and create a report on a local server. Each option has their pros and cons.

Installing Dell OpenManage on ESXi

Dell OpenManage Server Administrator (OMSA) provides detailed information about the hardware. Handy to find out details of the physical drives, memory sticks and if there’s any failed components. If you log a support call with Dell, chances are they will ask for more details, and possibly a DSET report, and having OMSA already installed, makes life easier. Dell also leaverage the features of OMSA with other management packages such as OpenManage Essentials and the vSphere plugin.