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Table of Contents

  1. Download Dell OpenManage Server Administrator vSphere Installation Bundle (VIB)
  2. Upload VIB to Datastore
  3. Enable SSH
  4. VIB Installation
  5. Rebooting the Host
  6. OMSA Download and Installation for Windows (Optional)
  7. Collecting logs with SupportAssist Enterprise

1. Download Dell OpenManage Server Administrator vSphere Installation Bundle (VIB)

Download Dell OpenManage Server Administrator vSphere Installation Bundle (VIB) according to your ESXi version:

VIB for ESXi Version OMSA Version
VMware ESXi 6.7 OMSA 9.2
VMware ESXi 6.5 OMSA 9.1
VMware ESXi 6.0 OMSA 9.1
VMware ESXi 5.5 OMSA 8.4
VMware ESXi 5.1 OMSA 8.4
VMware ESXi 5.0 OMSA 7.4

2. Upload VIB to Datastore
  1. Select the host and then click on the Configuration tab
  2. In the Hardware panel, select Storage
  3. Right click on datastore 
  4. Select “Browse Datastore” as shown in the image (Fig.1) below:
    Fig.1: Select VIB-file
  5. On Datastore Browser, click Upload icon and then Upload File.
    Fig.2: Upload File
  6. Browse to the VIB file and then click Open. After the conclusion, close the “Datastore Browser” window.

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3. Enable SSH
  1. Select the host and then click on Configuration tab
  2. In Software panel, select Security Profile
  3. On Services, click in Properties, which is located at right on top, as shows the image below:
    Fig.3: Find Properties
  4. On the Services properties, select SSH and then click in Options
    Fig.4: Locate SSH service
  5. On the window SSH Options, click Start and after OK.
    Fig.5: Start SSH service
Note: At step 7, you will need to enable the SSH once again.

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4. VIB Installation (e.g. OMSA 8.5)
  1. Access the host with root user with Putty (or any SSH client tool)
  2. Install the VIB with the command line below:
Please check the correct path according to your installation package

esxcli software vib install -d /vmfs/volumes/[datastore_name]/

On some installation like ESXi 5.1, the ZIP file must be located in /var/log/vmware 

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

Fig.6: Installation result

Note: The host needs to be rebooted.

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5. Rebooting the Host
  1. At the Host name or IP Address click the right button and select Reboot
    Fig.7: Reboot system


Verify the installation:

esxcli software vib list | grep Dell

will show the open manager status.

6. OMSA Managed nodeDownload and Installation for Windows

The links below provide the OpenManage version for the host, from where you can monitor server status,  disk status, blink disk, online/offline disks, SNMP setting etc.

Please navigate to and select your model to download the latest OpenManage Server Administrator Managed Node version in the Driver & Download tab.

For windows 64 bit:
8.5 (ESXI 5.5):
9.01 (ESXI 6.0):

  1. After the installation, open the OpenManage Server Administrator shortcut on the desktop

    Fig.8: OMSA icon on Desktop

  2. Provide the IP address of the ESXi host, user (root) and password. Make sure the option “Ignore certificate warnings” was checked.

    Fig.9: Enter IP address and credentials

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7. Collect logs with SupportAssist Enterprise

Once the VIB has been installed on the VMware server, the log collection can be started from the SupportAssist Enterprise console.
The console needs to be installed on a different server. A virtual machine can be used for this.

One the console is installed, the next step is to discover and add the server in the SAE console. Once this is done, the button “Start SupportAssist Collection” will be available for use.
For more information step by step articles are available

Install and gather logs on Windows systems with SupportAssist Enterprise – HOW11858
Install and gather logs on Linux systems with SupportAssist Enterprise – HOW11927