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When Dell servers are used to run VMware you lose the opportunity to Monitor the hardware status via OMSA ("Dell OpenManage Server Administrator Managed Node"). Hence OS-idependent monitoring of the hardware is desirable. This how-to describes how that can be achieved. The solution requires the servers to be equipped with DRAC-cards.
Using this approach it is possible to Monitor:
- fan status
- intrusion sensor
- power supplies
- ambient temp
- Make sure the DRAC-cards have IP-addresses assigned and that the cards are accessible over the network from the op5 Monitor server
- Make sure you have enabled LAN access to the BMC in BIOS setup
- Monitor the hardware using the Dell BMC IPMI plugins linked below.