Dell server updates

Dell server updates DEFAULT

Hi Guys

i'm we all know the dell command update utility that automatically identifies, downloads and installes the correct and most updated drivers for dell desktops and laptops.

is there a similar utility that does that for dell servers?

i have a server i need to format and install OS on,

and i would like to avoid manually installing device drivers.

thanks in advance guys


Best Answer

GregC

Jalapeno

OP

...And you will have to look at hardware updates at least once every 6 months :-) unless you 

OpenManage Essentials is your best bet if you want something that works like Dell Command Update to push both driver and firmware updates. With OMSA you can decide what you want to install and even schedule when you wan the updates to take place. It also works in conjunction with the Dell Repository manager where you can download the catalogs for specific server models you have and then have OMSA pull everything you specify form there.

Now, if you would prefer a manual easy as peach way to do it, if you purchased iDRAC with the server, is just use the server's Lifecycle controller - best thing since slice bread. You would boot the server to the Lifecycle controller ( F10 at startup), at which point you would be prompted to configure the controller with network settings (make sure to configure everything because this thing will need to go out to Dell's repository ftp site to download the firmware etc. 

You could have even used the Lifecycle controller to install the OS and it would have pulled all the necessary drivers from Dell for the OS and updated the firmware too. Sorry I saw this a little late. 

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Avi Bar-Ilan

Jalapeno

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Thanks.

isnt there any command update like application i can install locally on the server in order to do that?

must i deploy an open manage VM just to achieve it for a single server?

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Avi Bar-Ilan

Jalapeno

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thanks.

are these ISO files contain driver updates or just system firmware updates?

plus, if i need to boot from this ISO, how will it be able to update the driver if the driver is installed on top of the windows server OS i will be installing?

isnt there an application i can install on the server (like dell command update), i mean install locally on the server, and have the application take care of all driver updates?

if there is a a product for the desktop and laptop products - that the dell command update...

isnt there a product that does, and installs the same and does the same job?

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nick8010

Datil

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Every server should be virtual to avoid this exact issue of driver updates. Use the lifecycle controller to update all firmware via ftp then install your hypervisor. You could then install omsa to monitor for hardware failure and alert for firmware updates when they’re available.

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computerdave

Datil

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Pretty sure the lack of such a program is by design; servers are assumed to run 24/7/365 and typically driver/firmware updates require a reboot.  You're original question indicates you're getting ready to re-install the OS and need drivers; depending on the OS and the hardware, at a minimum you'd need to install the network driver and then the OS (assuming Windows) will go get drivers from Windows Update if they exist.  Otherwise you can get a full driver bundle and you'll have to do each unknown component manually.

If it's a Dell server you can build a system-specific driver CD with the Dell Repository Manager, and some systems have .cab files that can be downloaded from the support site that contain all the drivers for a specific model system (HP has this too for some systems).

Because of the assumed "always on, minimal reboot" operation of a server, system manufacturers don't create the sort of application you're looking for.

Realistically though, unless a driver/firmware update fixes a problem you have or adds functionality you need, I would not recommend updating the driver every time a new version comes out.

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Avi Bar-Ilan

Jalapeno

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Hi Guys

first of all...

in order for all server to be virtual, at least some need to be physical to be used as hypervisors.

(even AWS and azure servers - yeah - they are physical!! ) 

secondly, i am not looking for something is "ongoing". i do not wish to treat this server like a desktops and update a driver every time anew one is available.

i was just looking for something to use on a one time basis that will save me the trouble of finding out what exact devices are inside this server and then manually updating them.

after installing the OS - i just wanted something that is quick and easy to install all the missing drivers or required drivers - thats it.

since this is a one off server - i dont think installing an openmanage vm for this task.

if we had several dell servers - than maybe i would. but we use lenovo servers.

so, if there such an application - thats great. in not than no is the answer

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kevinmhsieh

Mace

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You can update drivers and firmware from the life cycle controller. I use it to update firmware, but honestly I have no idea how it updates drivers.

There are only two drivers that I worry about for physical Dell servers: storage controller and NIC. I have had 13th generation blue screen due to faulty default PERC driver. Default Broadcom drivers are horrible and always need to be updated. Note that there is an issue with Dell VMware 6 ISO and Intel X540 NIC. The network will break under moderate load if you use jumbo frames. This is because the default network driver is still loaded.

The rest of the chipset drivers, video, etc. that come with modern versions of Windows is fine.

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computerdave

Datil

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I did a quick search of Lenovo's support site and didn't see any good way to download all the drivers for a particular server and I'm not familiar with their hardware at all so I don't know if they have any sort of pre-boot environment similar to the Dell Lifecycle Controller that would allow you to update firmware outside the OS.  If you're installing Server2K16 then you may get lucky and the OS will be able to find most of the drivers itself from Windows Update, although you may need to update them with versions downloaded from Lenovo.

Since this is a one-off you may have to just suck it up and do the driver installation manually; I would think that after the OS install you wouldn't have more than maybe 5-6 unknown devices (at most) depending on the age of the server vs the moderness of the OS.

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donald moore

Jalapeno

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avibarilan5 wrote:

Hi Guys

first of all...

in order for all server to be virtual, at least some need to be physical to be used as hypervisors.

(even AWS and azure servers - yeah - they are physical!! ) 

secondly, i am not looking for something is "ongoing". i do not wish to treat this server like a desktops and update a driver every time anew one is available.

i was just looking for something to use on a one time basis that will save me the trouble of finding out what exact devices are inside this server and then manually updating them.

after installing the OS - i just wanted something that is quick and easy to install all the missing drivers or required drivers - thats it.

since this is a one off server - i dont think installing an openmanage vm for this task.

if we had several dell servers - than maybe i would. but we use lenovo servers.

so, if there such an application - thats great. in not than no is the answer

I just setup a server yesterday. The only drivers I had to download manually were the video driver, (mainly for my convenience) but the Microsoft driver gave me lower resolution video out of the box, and a driver for the SCA (SAS) controller that is built into the chipset. Otherwise, everything was picked up by the OS and automagically downloaded from the Microsoft during Windows Update.

With the exception of any firmware updates...  It being a new server, I went and checked manually but all the firmware in the server was the same as the latest on the website.  Lucky I guess, and I will probably never check the firmware again.  I hope I never have to look at this hardware again once it goes into production later today.

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GregC

Jalapeno

OP

Best Answer

...And you will have to look at hardware updates at least once every 6 months :-) unless you 

OpenManage Essentials is your best bet if you want something that works like Dell Command Update to push both driver and firmware updates. With OMSA you can decide what you want to install and even schedule when you wan the updates to take place. It also works in conjunction with the Dell Repository manager where you can download the catalogs for specific server models you have and then have OMSA pull everything you specify form there.

Now, if you would prefer a manual easy as peach way to do it, if you purchased iDRAC with the server, is just use the server's Lifecycle controller - best thing since slice bread. You would boot the server to the Lifecycle controller ( F10 at startup), at which point you would be prompted to configure the controller with network settings (make sure to configure everything because this thing will need to go out to Dell's repository ftp site to download the firmware etc. 

You could have even used the Lifecycle controller to install the OS and it would have pulled all the necessary drivers from Dell for the OS and updated the firmware too. Sorry I saw this a little late. 

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Avi Bar-Ilan

Jalapeno

OP

Nice!!!
Thank you very much sir

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Sours: https://community.spiceworks.com/topic/2135680-dell-command-update-equivalent-for-servers

Dell Server Firmware Update

The current firmware component versions can be obtained from the LifeCycle controller by going to the Home Screen -> Firmware Update -> View Current Versions.

Firmware includes:

  • BIOS: 2.4.2
  • Network: Broadcom Gigabit Ethernet BCM5720: 20.2.17
  • Dell 32 Bit uEFI Diagnostics: 4239A36
  • Dell OS Driver Pack: 16.10.10
  • Disk 0 on Integrated RAID Controller: DS04
  • Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller: 2.41.40.40
  • Lifecycle controller: 2.41.40.40
  • OS Collector: 2.1
  • PERC H33 Mini: 25.5.2.0001
  • System CPLD 1.0.3

Update via Bootable Media

Download the bootable update media, following these instructions: Getting the Latest Dell Server Bootable Media Update.

For more details see: Updating Dell PowerEdge servers via bootable media/ISO http://www.dell.com/support/article/us/en/19/SLN296511/updating-dell-poweredge-servers-via-bootable-media---iso

Boot with the DVD.

Select option 1: Deployment Toolkit CD.

The updates are auto-applied.

When all updates are applied, the system will request to press Enter to reboot.

To inspect the updates, got to LifeCycle Controller -> Firmware Update -> View Current Versions.

Download Individual Update Packages and Apply Them via LifeCycle Controller


Did not work, the installer failed with "Unable to verify the digital signature of the Update Package. (SUP0525)", even when the digital signature file was present.

Updating the firmware via the LifeCycle controller implies that the LifeCycle controller has been already configured. If this is not the case, perform the following procedure: Dell LifeCycle Controller Initial Setup Procedure.

Download individual packages, following these procedures:

Start LifeCycle controller by pressing F10 at boot.

Home Screen -> Left-site Menu -> Firmware Update -> Launch Firmware Update.

Step 1: Select Update Repository

Local Drive (CD or DVD or USB).

Note that the USB has to have the update package present.

Sours: https://kb.novaordis.com/index.php/Dell_Server_Firmware_Update
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If you have a new Dell server, you will almost certainly want to update the firmware (and drivers, and OS and…) but there is a danger in flashing things in the wrong order.

dell-support1: Below is the order in which you should install:

  1. BIOS – UEFI
  2. RAID Controller (often PERC Controllers)
  3. Network Adapter(s)
  4. Backplane (look under FIRMWARE)
  5. iDRAC

In fact the iDRAC can be flashed at any point but it will take between 10 and 30 minutes to complete so you may want to leave it until the end.

2: Drivers

After the firmware is done, you should go to support.dell.com and pull down the most current drivers.  Dell desktops have a nice driver / firmware detection tool but it does not function on servers so you are forced to download everything, attempt to install and see what says you are already up to date.

Note that you can use the Dell Open Management Essentials tool to determine what is out of cycle, but you should likely just update these two:

3: Windows Updates

Now go check your Windows updates to see if there is anything waiting.


Sours: https://www.urtech.ca/2018/02/solved-order-dell-server-firmware-updated/
Server Update Utility (SUU) Updates in Windows

How to update a Dell server when the Dell Server Update Utility ISO is 11GB?

We have a stack of old Dell R610s. we need to update the BIOS and drivers, but the servers have no OS on them, and the Dell downloads page only has windows executables for the various updaters. We understand the only way to do this is by downloading the 11GB Dell Server Update Utility ISO image.

The question is, if we do manage to download it, how do we use it? It's to big to be burn it to a DVD. Is there some method of burning it to a USB stick, and will the R610 with an ancient BIOS boot of this (USB is not in the list of boot devices).

There seems to be 3 ways to update a Dell server, all of which have issues.

  1. Use the 11GB iso. We have not been able to download this as it keeps failing half way through, and the download manager from Dell wont install. If we did manged to download it, it is not clear how we would use it, as it won't fit on a DVD, and we dont know how to make it work with a USB stick.

So this option is not looking like it will work.

  1. Use the UEFI built in DRAC thing. Hit F10 on boot, and there is the option to select a FTP repository which gives a list of updates, including "Dell 32 Bit Diagnostics, Dell OS drivers Pack, Dell lifecycle controller etc. However, when you try to "apply" the updates, each one comes up with

    "The updates you are trying to apply are not dell authorized updates"

Then it tries to install them, then comes up with :

Looks like it is not possible to update the system using the lifecycle controller if the firmware is too old, and it is not possible to update it if you have no OS. See this article: http://en.community.dell.com/support-forums/servers/f/177/t/19475476

  1. Use the Dell Repository Manager. This would not work with SUU packages on a USB stick because the Lifecycle Manager was too old to read them. In the end we used a "Linux" driver bootable ISO image burnt to a DVD (was about 1GB), which worked!
Sours: https://serverfault.com/questions/693510/how-to-update-a-dell-server-when-the-dell-server-update-utility-iso-is-11gb

Server updates dell

Upgrading the DELL iDRAC firmware to fix vulnerabilities in Deep Discovery products

Go to Overview > Server > Properties > Summary and check the firmware version. If the version is older than 2.52.52.52, refer to the following steps to upgrade the firmware:

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  1. Download DELL iDRAC firmware from Dell's Product Support page: IDRAC with Lifecycle Controller V.,2.52.52.52.

    Look for the filename iDRAC-with-Lifecycle-Controller_Firmware_74GHJ_WN64_2.52.52.52_A00.EXE.

  2. Go to the iDRAC console, Overview > iDRAC Settings > Update and Rollback > Update.
  3. Upload the downloaded file (iDRAC-with-Lifecycle-Controller_Firmware_74GHJ_WN64_2.52.52.52_A00.EXE) in step 1 and install it.
  4. After the upgrade is completed, log on to the iDRAC web console and go to Overview > Server > Properties > Summary to check the firmware version. It should now be 2.52.52.52.

If you do not want to upgrade the firmware but still want to use iDRAC, as a workaround, you can set iDRAC to only allow a dedicated IP to access it. Do the following:

  1. Open iDRAC console.
  2. Go to Overview > iDRAC Settings > Network.
  3. Click Advanced Settings.
  4. On the Network Security page, select IP Range Enable and set the IP info which will allow access to iDRAC.
  5. To apply the settings, click Apply.
Sours: https://success.trendmicro.com/solution/1119600-upgrading-the-dell-idrac-firmware-to-fix-vulnerabilities-in-deep-discovery-products
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