Dell OpenManage Ubuntu Repository

This is the community-supported Dell OpenManage repository for 64-bit Ubuntu 12.04 LTS or later LTS releases. Builds are also produced for Debian Wheezy, although they are not as thoroughly tested. Ubuntu 10.04 and Debian Squeeze are no longer tested for these builds (for old OMSA versions for those releases, visit here). Below, you will find instructions on how to install and setup OpenManage command-line and web interfaces.


Note that the repository line that you need in sources.list has changed. You will need to replace it with the format indicated below.


If you are upgrading, in step 4, you must use apt-get install <meta-package name> or apt-get dist-upgrade. Do not use apt-get upgrade, as doing so will not upgrade all the necessary packages.


  1. (Optional for Upgrade) Create a new file ending in 'sources.list' in the '/etc/apt/sources.list.d' directory. Cut and paste the command below. (If typing by hand, note carefully the spacing.)
    echo 'deb precise openmanage' | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/
    Replace precise with wheezy above if you are running Debian Wheezy (or a later Debian release). If you would like to restrict your system to a specific OpenManage release, such as the 7.3 release, you can specify it like this:
    echo 'deb precise openmanage/730' | sudo tee -a /etc/apt/sources.list.d/
  2. To verify OMSA packages, add the repository key to apt. Note that you must re-do this step if upgrading from OMSA 6.5 because a new key is being used.
    gpg --keyserver --recv-key 1285491434D8786F
    gpg -a --export 1285491434D8786F | sudo apt-key add -
    If you are behind a firewall that only allows outbound traffic over port 80, you may need to use this instead. In the first line below, you possibly need to add "--keyserver-options http-proxy=http://<user>:<password>@<proxy>:<port>".
    gpg --keyserver hkp:// --recv-key 1285491434D8786F
    gpg -a --export 1285491434D8786F | sudo apt-key add -
  3. Make apt aware of the new software repository by issuing the following command:
    sudo apt-get update
  4. Install one of the following selection of meta-packages to install the OMSA functionality you require:
    srvadmin-all — Install all OMSA components
    srvadmin-base — Install only base OMSA, no web server
    srvadmin-rac4 — Install components to manage the Dell Remote Access Card 4
    srvadmin-rac5 — Install components to manage the Dell Remote Access Card 5
    srvadmin-idrac — Install components to manage iDRAC
    srvadmin-idrac7 — Install components to manage iDRAC7
    srvadmin-webserver — Install Web Interface
    srvadmin-storageservices — Install RAID Management
    dtk-scripts — Install DTK
    For example, to install all of OMSA:
    sudo apt-get install srvadmin-all

    Note: If you are upgrading, you must use apt-get install or apt-get dist-upgrade. Do not use apt-get upgrade, as doing so will not upgrade all the necessary packages.


The dataeng service, which is required to run any CLI commands in OMSA, starts automatically at reboot. If you want to manually start the service, issue the command below.

  1. sudo service dataeng start
  2. Now, you can use the omreport, omconfig, and omhelp commands.
  3. For example, you can issue omreport system summary to get details about your system.
  4. You can use omconfig to configure component properties.
  5. omhelp provides help information for commands.
See the OpenManage CLI User's Guide for comprehensive documentation. It can be found at the documentation link below for your version of OMSA.

Web Interface:

To use web interface, users with appropriate permissions need to be added.

  1. Add users with appropriate permissions to /opt/dell/srvadmin/etc/omarolemap file. See detailed information in the User's Guide available from the documentation link below for your version of OMSA. For example:
    john_doe     *     Administrator
  2. Start the web server.
    sudo service dsm_om_connsvc start
  3. Go to https://<ip_address>:1311/ in your browser to access OMSA.
  4. If you want to start the dsm_om_connsvc service at boot, issue the following command:
    sudo update-rc.d dsm_om_connsvc defaults



OpenManage System Administrator (OMSA): Deployment Toolkit (DTK):

Getting Help and Giving Feedback:

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Open Source:

The source for open source packages in this repository is provided at

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