Dell and CentOS the Perfect Combination

A quick post to share this mostly unknown gem that Dell manages it’s own Open Manage Linux Repository.

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To get your CentOS server installed with Server Administrator set up the Dell Open Manage Repository like so:

Then install the Server Administrator

Finally browse to your newly installed Open Manage Server Administrator and monitor your Dell hardware.


Log on screen – Use your root username and password

Dell Open Manage Server Administrator

Main Screen after log on

Dell Open Manage Server Administrator Main

TIP: After installing the Dell Server Administrator get your service tag number from your CentOS Linux server by running

Upgrading CentOS 5.4 to 5.5

Before upgrading CentOS 5.4 to 5.5 it cannot be stressed enough how important it is to make a backup of your system before you do this. Actions listed in this post are written with the assumption that they will be executed by the root user running the bash or any other modern shell.

Clean All Packages

The following command will get a list of packages that are going to be updated.

Lets begin upgrading CentOS 5.4 to 5.5

Finally reboot the server for Kernel changes to take effect

Verify that CentOS 5.5 is working:

Or you can use the lsb_release command: