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Updating Dell DRAC firmware without OS

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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.
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by:PowerEdgeTech
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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.
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by:criskrit
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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.
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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).
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by:criskrit
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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)
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by:PowerEdgeTech
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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
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by:criskrit
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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!
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