Installing Dell OpenManage on Debian squeeze

Recently Dell made their own OMSA packages available for Ubuntu. Unfortunately they didn’t provide a version for Debian and the dependencies can not be fulfilled with Debian package only. To be able to install OMSA from Dell you need to follow the steps on their page but before you proceed with aptitude install srvadmin-all you need to download two packages from Ubuntu and install them.

Afterwards you’ll be able to install and use OMSA in Debian squeeze. No lenny, sorry. The binary versions don’t add up.

4 Responses to “Installing Dell OpenManage on Debian squeeze”

  1. Ali Aboosaidi writes:

    Thank you!

  2. HelarNL writes:


    Problem does not exist anymore with OMSA 6.5. Debian Squeeze is now supported. See:


  3. Paul Tietjens writes:

    You rock!

    Despite HelarNL’s note, I still found myself needing to wget and dpkg -i these puppies. Saved me a lot of grief having the answer a quick Google away. :)

  4. Jérémie LEGRAND writes:

    I had troubles with OMSA 7.1 in Debian : the init.d scripts always said „Failed to start because system is not supported“, and stopped.

    Here is a quick fix for it : modify the check function so that it always return true :
    cp $fich $fich.dist
    sed -e ‚s@^IsThisSupportedGeneration()@IsThisSupportedGeneration(){return \$TRUE}\nOriginalIsThisSupportedGeneration()@‘ $fich.dist > $fich

    I also have to add a symbolic link for smbios libs :
    ln -s /usr/lib/ /usr/lib/

    I fonfirm there is no more need to download ‚python-libsmbios‘ and ‚smbios-utils‘. You just have to add the repository, and do an ‚apt-get update‘ and ‚apt-get install srvadmin-all‘