The initial version was released in December 2010. Since then, version 1.0.1.72 and 1.0.1.175 (update 1) have been released, adding a couple of new features:

1.0.1.72, June 2011

  • Integrate remote support and diagnostic operations from vCenter in conjunction with Dell’s Proactive Systems Management
  • Direct link to dell.com for warranty renewal
  • Updated connectivity to M1000e CMC
  • Future updates will not require total re-installation of the virtual appliance
  • Trial license available
  • Support for LC 1.5, OpenManage 6.5, and ESX 4.1 U1

1.0.1.175 u1, October 2011

  • Support for vSphere (ESXi) 5
  • Bug Fixes
  • Enhancements to deployment and usability functionality
  • Support for 12G servers
  • Delivered as a patch (so no full OVF)

1.5, March 2012?

Dell is expected to release version 1.5 of the product at the end of March 2012. Expected new features are:

  • Released as both an update within the appliance and as a full OVF
  • New license option for 25 and 100 hosts.
  • Support for the 12th generation (12G) of Dell PowerEdge Servers
  • 12G servers do not require OMSA, creating an ‘Agent Free’ option utilizing the iDRAC and Lifecycle Controller
  • Deploying ESXi to (dual) SD-card Modules
  • Lockdown mode support
  • New Compliance Wizard (to check if ‘Collect System Inventory on Restart’ is enabled, to install and configure OMSA and to fix the Connection Profile)
  • Improvements to the initial firmware installation process
  • Various bug fixes
  • Option to exit maintenance mode automatically of a host after firmware update complete

Check out two screenshots on the Compliance Wizard and exit the maintenance mode after firmware update:

 Other News

I noticed there’s a new free one host version is located. Get it here: http://marketing.dell.com/software-download.

I’ll keep you posted if version 1.5 is actually released!