Dell OSMA on Proxmox/Debian Buster

I found a Reddit post that I wanted to make sure I kept in case it gets deleted and lost forever.

My Issue

I have some Dell servers that I wanted to enable iDRAC on remotely via a secondary network interface. Unfortunately, I didn’t have physical access. So I needed to use OSMA to enable iDRAC and configure the necessary network details.

Proxmox and Dell OSMA

If you have a Dell server and you want to be able to use the OSMA (Dell EMC OpenManage Server Administrator) on your Proxmox server. Here’s a quick guide that someone posted on Reddit and on the Proxmox forums.


The code below on the Proxmox forums works, but the Reddit code doesn’t.

Since the code is half-baked on both. I’ve maintained my own version.

Setting up MySQL Statistics in Netdata

MySQL Metrics in Netdata

You might noticed MySQL statistics aren’t being show in Netdata. Here’s what I ran into.

Error: “MySQLdb or PyMySQL module is needed to use plugin”

The required python libraries for MySQL are missing, so you simply need to install them. For Ubuntu/Debian the following command should correct it.


Setting up Netdata MySQL User

You might also see these errors in your log.

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The fix is simple, add a user called Netdata with a password. Note, you can setup the Netdata user without a password, but this may expose information to the system that you might not want. Full information is located on Netdata’s website.

So let’s get Netdata pulling MySQL data.

Fast, open and potentially insecure no password optiom

This will just work, but leave a user on your MySQL instance without a password.

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Password based polling

Let’s run the same command as above but give the user a password.

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Now we need to tell Netdata the password.

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Instead of editing the defaults, go to the bottom of the config and just create a new section with the following

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Now you should see MySQL metrics in Netdata

View of MySQL Metrics in Netdata

Installing Debian on BeagleBone Black MicroSD Card

First step is to grab the BeagleBone Debian image that you can drop on your SD card. Now you will need to flash this image to your MicroSD card, I’m using Mac OSX so here’s a fly by.  

sudo su - diskutil list diskutil unmountDisk /dev/diskN dd if=myImage.dd of=/dev/diskN