Bulk Server Import with DPACK Software
The DPACK software is designed to be used in both small and large IT environments. As IT assets increase in number, the process of adding servers manually to DPACK can increase to where using the manual connection of remote servers becomes less efficient. This KB article is designed to show how to use a text file and the bulk import function to import a list of servers into the DPACK collector software.
Step 1: Create text file
Before running the DPACK software, you should first create the list of servers that need to be imported into DPACK.
- Open your preferred text editing software and create a new text file.
- Due to the nature of the server import function in DPACK, servers with Windows OSes and Linux OSes need to be saved into separate text files. Add all of the servers to be imported into DPACK. You can list each server by either its IP address or its hostname.
- Save the text file in the folder where DPACK was extracted and select the .txt file type.
Step 2: Run DPACK from the command line
- Open a command prompt from the computer where DPACK will be executed
- Navigate to the folder where the DPACK software and server list text file were saved.
- There are two different ways to run DPACK from the command prompt to import a server list. Depending on the importing of Windows based and/or Linux based server, you should use the following DPACK command line arguments.
- .\DellPack.exe /wmitargets="Windows.txt" /sshtargets="Linux.txt"
Note: At this time, only the Windows DPACK collector supports importing lists of server addresses using this method. The Linux DPACK collector does not support importing a server list from a file.
Step 3: Enter authentication credentials when prompted
DPACK will attempt to connect to each server in the order listed in the files. DPACK will prompt for a username and password, and will pass those credentials for each server in the list. If a server rejects the credentials, DPACK will prompt for new credentials, and those will be used for the remainder of the list. If connecting to both WMI and SSH targets, DPACK will first process the WMI list, and then prompt for a new set of credentials when starting the SSH target list.
This method of configuring DPACK should only be used if the following criteria are met:
- The same user account will be used to access all of the servers within a given target list file.
- If more than one user account is required, all of the servers exist within your organizations private network and are considered trusted.
Step 4: Configure DPACK and begin collector run
The final step is to configure the remaining options in DPACK and begin the collector run. Once the collector run has started, DPACK will continue to run collecting performance information on all of the servers imported into it. At this time, a project can be created and the data can be reviewed.