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Dell OpenManage Server Administrator 7.1 on Server Core or Hyper-V

Dell has done something to the installer for the recent version of OpenManage Server Administrator so that it doesn’t work on Server Core, which includes native installations of Hyper-V.

Symptoms

  1. Running “X:\windows\PreReqChecker\RunPreReqChecks.exe /s” errors out with “omchecks has stopped working”
  2. The installer (accessed by running “msiexec /i X:\windows\SystemsManagement\SysMgmt.msi” stops with the error “Failed to load OMIL library”

Solution

Install OpenManage Server Administrator 6.5 first (the command on that CD is “msiexec /i X:\SYSMGMT\srvadmin\windows\SystemsManagement”). As soon as that installer finishes, you’ll be able to install 7.1 without error. If you haven’t got the older installation media, you can download it from Dell’s site. If your particular server is too new to have 6.5 available, check the download list for earlier servers, such as the PowerEdge R515.

You do not need to perform any cleanup on 6.5 as 7.1 replaces it very cleanly.

Additional Information

I’ve had some strange and not always reproducible problems installing other Dell update packages, usually drivers, on Server Core and Hyper-V whenever OMSA is not installed or is out-of-date. The one I remember most clearly was related to the Lifecycle Controller.

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