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OMSA vSphere Installation Bundle (VIB) on ESXI Host

OMSA vSphere Installation Bundle (VIB) using iDRAC on ESXI HOST

 Steps to Download the Bundle

1.Got to support.dell.com

2.Use the Service Tag in the search

3.Then click Drivers and Downloads Tab and Select your Operating System

4.Type OMSA in the Keyword Tab for OpenManage Server Administrator

5.Now select the driver with name Dell EMC OpenManage Server Administrator vSphere Installation Bundle (VIB)

Steps to Enter Maintenance Mode

You should always put hosts into maintenance mode when you do reboots, firmware updates, apply ESXI updates. This will make sure all processes on the host are properly prepared.

After the host has entered the Maintenance mode, no VMs can be deployed or powered-on on the host.

Before entering the Maintenance mode please make sure all the VMs on the host are properly shutdown. Please follow the steps below:

  1. Login to the VMware vCenter
  2. Go to the Virtual Machines in the Left Tab

3. Select and right click on the Virtual machine on the left Tab

4.Click on Guest OS then select Shutdown (Do the same with all VMs)

  1. Now Right click on the HOST on the Left top end corner
  2. Select the option says Enter Maintenance Mode

Steps to Upload VIB in Datastore (Storage)

  1. Go to Storage
  2. In the Storage tab, Click on the desired Storage drive

Then Click Data Store Browser

3.On Datastore Browser, click Upload icon and then Upload File.

Enable and Install using SSH

Enable SSH

  1. Right click on the HOST
  2. Then click on the Service
  3. Click on Enable Secure Shell

Note: Please Disable SSH after installed.

VIB Installation using SSH

  1. Access the host Using Putty (or any SSH client tool)
  2. Enter the HOST IP address and click open
  3. Then login with the credentials for

We need to make sure we have the correct path of the datastore, Click on the Storage in the left tab and verify the location.

Install the VIB with the command line

Run the following command from the shell command. Substitute datastore with the name of the datastore to which the OMSA VIB has been uploaded.


esxcli software vib install -v /vmfs/volumes/[datastore_name]/cross_dell-openmanage-esxi_9.3.0.ESXi670-3465.vib

Run the following command from the shell command. Substitute datastore with the name of the datastore to which the OMSA .zip offline bundle has been uploaded.

esxcli software vib install -d /vmfs/volumes/[datastore_name]/OM-SrvAdmin-Dell-Web-9.3.0-3465.VIB-ESX67i_A00.zip

If the installation succeeds, the below screen will be displayed:

If it shows Reboot Required: True

Reboot the server

Exit the Maintenance mode and turn on all the VMs.

Date Published: June 15, 2021

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