How to upgrade your 4-bay Dell PowerEdge R620 to an 8-bay backplane

There are many cheap Dell R620s floating around on ebay, and if you can catch one at the right price, it might only have a 4-bay backplane. This is a quick fix, though, unless you have no need for the local storage space. Personally I just upgraded mine to an 8-bay and decided I would document the steps of what it took. Parts: You will need a few parts. Actually just two. Dell 8-bay Backplane –  KVGG1 Dell wide-SAS to dual mini-SAS cable – TK2VY   Installation: I originally took photos…

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Install Dell OpenManage 8.5 VIB on ESXi 6.0/6.5

I recently wrote an article on installing OMSA 8.4 VIB on ESXi 6.5 and also installing OMSA 8.4 VIB on ESXi 5.5 — Sometime between then and now, Dell released OpenManage Server Administrator version 8.5 and a VIB for ESXi 6.0 and 6.5.   Here is how to download/install OMSA 8.5 VIB on ESXi 6.5 or ESXi 6.0. This is not available for earlier versions. 1. Download VIB VIB for ESXi Version OMSA Version VMware ESXi 6.5 OMSA 8.5 VMware ESXi 6.0 OMSA 8.5 Upload to Datastore   2. SSH to host You…

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Install Dell OpenManage 8.4 VIB on ESXi 6.5

My Dell PowerEdge R220 wasn’t showing me any stats about my server components inside vSphere, even with the Dell Customized ESXi 6.5 ISO. So I took to installing the OpenManage 8.4 VIB, similar to my 8.4 install on 5.5 First, I’m noting that there isn’t a release of the VIB for 6.5 that I can find, so I used Dell OpenManage 8.4 VIB for ESXi 6.0 with success. — UPDATE 4/28/2017: Dell has released OMSA 8.5 and a VIB for ESXi 6.0-6.5. UPDATE 2/28/2017: The 6.5 VIB is available from Dell…

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Install Dell OpenManage 8.4 VIB on ESXi 5.5

I am provisioning a PowerEdge T320 which is running VMware vSphere 5.5 We have been recently deploying cloud or hyper-v based infrastructure. With that said, our ESXi docs were somewhat dated.   I have in my repository Dell OpenManage 7.4 VIBs OM-SrvAdmin-Dell-Web-7.4.0-876.VIB-ESX55i_A00.zip As of 2017 you can get Dell OpenManage 8.4 VIBs ‘OM-SrvAdmin-Dell-Web-8.4.0-2193.VIB-ESX55i_A00.zip’ for 5.5 and other versions here. SSH must be enabled on your hypervisor Upload the ZIP to your datastore Login via SSH to host Execute the installation Wait 2-5min (or until prompted) Reboot host To execute the installation:…

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