Subject: OMSA + DMI + SNMP

Cecil_Greathouse at Cecil_Greathouse at
Fri Apr 7 07:59:25 CDT 2006

OMSA will probably not install on a precision box. The software checks
the system id of the system before installation and if not a supported
system will not install. I do not think any precision boxes are
supported by OMSA.

OMSA adds an SNMP agent to the os and ITA and/or OMSA use this agent for
most information gathering on a system.

[As before, My apologies, I did not read you email carefully. You did
say the workstations were running linux. The client connector product is
windows only. Sorry for any confusion that I have caused.]

-----Original Message-----
From: PMilanese at [mailto:PMilanese at] 
Sent: Friday, April 07, 2006 7:44 AM
To: steve
Cc: Greathouse, Cecil; linux-poweredge-Lists;
Subject: Re: RE:Subject: OMSA + DMI + SNMP

Fantastic observation Steve...

I think that you can extract snmp from the instrumentation that is
installed on linux by OMSA. I know that it can be reached through IT
Assistant, if you have the tree views turned on. Perhaps you can walk
the devices and find what you're looking for. I do not see why you
wouldn't be able to install OMSA on the precision box, but I don't know
what kind of functionality you would have. I personally think it's way
too much of a resource hog to put on a workstation.


Peter J. Milanese, System Administrator
Information Technology Group
The New York Public Library
peterm at - 212.621.0203



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Personally I would be interested to know how this Windows only software
will run on RHEL 3, 4, SLES 9 and Debian.

On Fri, 2006-04-07 at 07:24 -0500, Cecil_Greathouse at wrote:
> Check this url out and see if it is what you are looking for.
> mo
> nitor?c=us&cs=04&l=en&s=bsd
> "OpenManage Client Instrumentation is an easy-to-use software agent 
> that is offered as a factory-installed option on all Dell Precision 
> workstations and Latitude notebooks, and ships standard on all 
> OptiPlex desktops. Client Instrumentation enables communication of key

> configuration and system status information.
> Used in conjunction with management console solutions from Dell's 
> partners Altiris and Microsoft, or other popular third-party 
> management software, OpenManage Client Instrumentation enables 
> administrators to effectively and efficiently: Collect hardware 
> inventory and configuration information Receive proactive notification

> of potential fault conditions Perform remote BIOS updates and BIOS 
> setting configuration on one client system or a group of Dell systems"
> cecilg
> Date: Fri, 07 Apr 2006 11:59:05 +0200
> From: Vincent Aaron <vincent_aaron at>
> Subject: OMSA + DMI + SNMP
> To: linux-precision at, linux-poweredge at
> Cc: vaaron <Vincent_Aaron at>
> Message-ID: <443637E9.1010705 at>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1; format=flowed
> Dear all.
> Main of my systems are Dell Precision Workstation and Dell PowerEdge 
> server with Linux ( RHEL 3 and 4, SLES 9, Debian ). I would appreciate

> to get a access to the DMI/SMBIOS of my Linux systems. I use OMSA on 
> PE server. But could I install OMSA core and some OMSA module on my 
> Precision workstation to have the some functionnality. If not? Could 
> you please advice?
> Regards
> Vincent

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