Solved

Updating Dell DRAC firmware without OS

Posted on 2014-09-30
6
406 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
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 3
  • 3
6 Comments
 
LVL 33

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 33

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
Salesforce Made Easy to Use

On-screen guidance at the moment of need enables you & your employees to focus on the core, you can now boost your adoption rates swiftly and simply with one easy tool.

 

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 33

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

Save the day with this special offer from ATEN!

Save 30% on the CV211 using promo code EXPERTS30 now through April 30th. The ATEN CV211 connects a laptop directly to any server allowing you instant access to perform data maintenance and local operations, for quick troubleshooting, updating, service and repair.

Question has a verified solution.

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

This is about my first experience with programming Arduino.
Data center, now-a-days, is referred as the home of all the advanced technologies. In-fact, most of the businesses are now establishing their entire organizational structure around the IT capabilities.
Finds all prime numbers in a range requested and places them in a public primes() array. I've demostrated a template size of 30 (2 * 3 * 5) but larger templates can be built such 210  (2 * 3 * 5 * 7) or 2310  (2 * 3 * 5 * 7 * 11). The larger templa…

734 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