ESXi 4.1 | Upgrade DELL PE 2900 Bios

Hi Experts,

I installed couple of ESXi 4.1 and then realised that the BIOS was not upgraded and the DRAC Card. If this was the ESX 4.1 i would have used the SSH or Service Console to do the upgrade.

Is there a way in ESXi vCLI to upgrade. If you know can you please share it to me..


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What does ESXi have to do with upgrading a Server's or DRAC's firmware?

Normally you upgrade firmware using the DELL OpenManage or install DVD's that come with the server's, but you should also be able to download the iso's from the DELL site, make the CD/DVD and then boot the server from that. There should then be utilities within that which you can use to upgrade firmware.
Only way I know is to dwnld the BIOS firmware, burn it to CD, then reboot your host & boot to the CD.

Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
follow coolsport00 advice, and boot from a cdrom, and complete the upgrade.

This is the safest way.
DRAC can be done by just uploading the DRAC update file through the web interface.

After DRAC is done you can create a Floppy image with a DOS boot disk and the BIOS update.
Connect the Floppy image via the Virtual Media from the DRAC and boot the server from the image and update your BIOS.

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You can use the Dell Repository Manager to create a customer Server update .iso that you then boot to and it will update everything that is needed.
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