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Remotely update Dell R720 server through iDRAC

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Is it possible to remotely update BIOS/ firmware of my Dell R720 servers hosted in Data Centre ?

Is it sufficient to simply select BIOS and FIrmware from the category ? Should I alos need to select Chipset from the category ?

Can I upload a .iso file through iDRAC, or only x32 / x64 bit is supported ?

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by:Dariusz Tyka
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Yes it is possible. You can download x64 or x86 versions of updates (firmwares/BIOS) from Dell website, upload it to iDRAC and schedule install (install now and reboot or install on next reboot). When in iDRAC you can go to the firmware inventory to check current firmware versions and components (network cards, HBA, cards, power supply etc). Based on that info you can download correct versions for hardware you have. @ first I would suggest to update firmware for iDRAC card itself - also via iDRAC. This process is completety transparent to ESXi host and virtual machines and do not require restart. You'll only loose connection to iDRAC management for a short period of time.
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by:AXISHK
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"When in iDRAC you can go to the firmware inventory to check current firmware versions and components (network cards, HBA, cards, power supply etc)"

Do you mean I need to update the .exe file to my local server and then point my update in IDRAC to that server ?
So, I suppose to include all .exe update based on the searching of my service tag, rather than just the firmware and BIOS, correct ?

iDRAC
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by:Dariusz Tyka
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You need to download correct version of firmware files from Dell website and then upload it to iDRAC for installation. When you search Dell website via service tag you get a lot of firmwares for different hardware not necessary installed on your server. Thats why inventory place in iDRAC can be helpful to download only correct files.
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by:AXISHK
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Sorry, which inventory place in iDRAC are you talking about ? Is the the screen that I capture in my last thread ? Or, can you dump a screen for what you are talking about ?

Thx again.
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by:Dariusz Tyka
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Its something similar to this: 0317.iDRAC6_screen.pngYou have hardware inventory and firmware inventory.
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by:AXISHK
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So both hardware and firmware inventory in DRAC should be checked against those in Dell website and download the corresponding one, not just the firmware, correct ?

Thx.
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Yes, on hardware inventory you can check what exact hardware is in your server and according to that you download necessary firmware. Firmware inventory will tell you what is the current firmware level. It may appear that current one is the latest one but if you haven't updated your firmware for some time you may need to update almost everything to latest versions.
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