This guide helps you installing the OpenManage Server Administrator on your ESXi 5.x system.
In this example we're installing OMSA on an ESXi 5.1 system. The installation process will be the same within other ESXi versions like 5.0 and 5.5.
Please keep in mind that you will need a Windows based system where the OpenManage services are running. This might be a client or server system.
OpenManage Server Administrator 7.4 for Windows
First we need to start the ssh services on the host system, there are two ways:
Connect to host using WinSCP. Ensure that the „File Protocol“ is set to SCP.
Copy the VIB package (related to your ESXi version) to the /tmp/ directory
Connecting to the host using Putty.
esxcli software vib install –d /tmp/OM-SrvAdmin-Dell-Web-7.3.0-588_A00-VIB-ESX51i.zip
Afterwards you'll get a message that informs about the finished installation.
Now restart the host.
Now you can connect to this host by using a Windows system where OMSA is installed.
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This does not discuss the fact that they built in ESXi firewall blocks port 1311. Dell needs to supply this VIB with firewall integration so that it can be allowed via standard VMware settings.