Subject: OMSA + DMI + SNMP

PMilanese at PMilanese at
Fri Apr 7 08:12:11 CDT 2006

It may still work if you evade the GetSysId check in the install script.
This may get it to install. The problem of course, is that there is no ESM
in said system, so I don't know how much it will be able to extract. Be an
interesting experiment. I would imagine, however, that they will create
some sort of instrumentation set for workstations. The ability to do the
firmware updates from IT Assistant almost makes it a shoe-in. The only
other check it does is for a DRAC.


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

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                                       RE:Subject: OMSA + DMI + SNMP       

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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             04/07/2006 08:31


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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