Solved

Updating Dell DRAC firmware without OS

Posted on 2014-09-30
6
383 Views
Last Modified: 2016-11-23
I have a Dell PowerEdge 2950 that is used as VMware ESXi host. The DRAC card has some kind of issue and doesn't initialize properly so I want to update the firmware. The problem is, I cannot figure out how:
- There is no OS to run the stand-alone updater
- The controller doesn't work properly so I cannot connect to it via IP
- If I boot with the SBUU DVD and then run the latest SUU v7.4 I don't get anything about the DRAC controller
- If I use Repository Manager in order to create a custom bootable DVD, I cannot figure out how to add the DRAC driver in the ISO

Any help will be appreciated. Thanks.
0
Comment
Question by:criskrit
  • 3
  • 3
6 Comments
 
LVL 32

Expert Comment

by:PowerEdgeTech
ID: 40353618
You shouldn't need to load a driver for the DRAC with RM ... just choose the DRAC firmware package for Linux, export to Bootable ISO, boot to it, and it should run the package to update the firmware.
0
 

Author Comment

by:criskrit
ID: 40353641
How am I going to export the package to bootable ISO? FYI right now I have the regular .bin file and the firmimg.d5 file from the expanded Windows Update Package. Thx.
0
 
LVL 32

Accepted Solution

by:
PowerEdgeTech earned 500 total points
ID: 40353646
In Repository Manager, once you have selected the packages you want, you can Export that repository as a bootable ISO (on the menu above the package list, middle of the screen).
0
PRTG Network Monitor: Intuitive Network Monitoring

Network Monitoring is essential to ensure that computer systems and network devices are running. Use PRTG to monitor LANs, servers, websites, applications and devices, bandwidth, virtual environments, remote systems, IoT, and many more. PRTG is easy to set up & use.

 

Author Comment

by:criskrit
ID: 40353656
The problem is that
- RM doesn't have an export function for individual components (ie the DRAC firmware)
- There doesn't seem to be a way to add the DRAC firmware in the package so it gets exported with it

Is there any other way I can load the .bin? (ie from the SBUU DVD)
0
 
LVL 32

Expert Comment

by:PowerEdgeTech
ID: 40353669
I don't know how to work with BIN files individually.  I have also never tried to pull an individual update from a package, so I'm not sure how to get around it if that doesn't work.  You should be able to export the entire bunch of Linux firmware updates though.  

You could also probably install using the Linux package from Dell's OMSA Live DVD:
http://linux.dell.com/files/openmanage-contributions/omsa-65-live/OMSA65-CentOS6-x86_64-LiveDVD.iso
0
 

Author Comment

by:criskrit
ID: 40353713
Okay, I figured it out, I can manually create a bundle in RM, then add a .bin in that bundle, then export the bundle. Thx!
0

Featured Post

Give your grad a cloud of their own!

With up to 8TB of storage, give your favorite graduate their own personal cloud to centralize all their photos, videos and music in one safe place. They can save, sync and share all their stuff, and automatic photo backup helps free up space on their smartphone and tablet.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

this article is a guided solution for most of the common server issues in server hardware tasks we are facing in our routine job works. the topics in the following article covered are, 1) dell hardware raidlevel (Perc) 2) adding HDD 3) how t…
A clone is a duplicate copy. Sheep have been cloned and maybe someday even people will be cloned, but disk cloning (performed by the hard drive cloning software) is a vital tool used to manage and protect data. Let’s look at what hard drive cloning …
You have products, that come in variants and want to set different prices for them? Watch this micro tutorial that describes how to configure prices for Magento super attributes. Assigning simple products to configurable: We assigned simple products…
This is a video describing the growing solar energy use in Utah. This is a topic that greatly interests me and so I decided to produce a video about it.

943 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

10 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now