Updating Firmware and Drivers on Dell EMC PowerEdge Servers

This page provides several methods for updating your Dell EMC PowerEdge firmware and drivers, ranging from simplified to more involved options. Each method links to additional information on how to use the tools for your server setup.

Firmware and driver updates improve performance and stability and/or increase the number of features on your system. They may also fix critical issues to avoid downtime in your environment.

When an urgent firmware or driver update is released, we highly recommend you update it immediately. You can view firmware details on Dell Support in the driver and downloads section of your product support page.

Here are methods for updating firmware or drivers on your server.

Update methods

Simplified method for updating multiple components

Server Update Utility (SUU)
In-band, self-contained GUI based application. Typically used locally in 1-to-1 format.

LifeCycle Controller
Embedded Systems Management tool available on PowerEdge servers.

Customized method for updating multiple components

Dell EMC Repository Manager (DRM)
Update management tool.

Dell EMC System Update (DSU)
In-band, CLI based application.

Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC)
Embedded Systems Management tool available on PowerEdge servers.

Console-based method for updating multiple components

OpenManage Essentials (OM Essentials)

Microsoft System Center (MSSC)

VMware vCenter


Manual method for updating individual components

Dell Update Package (DUP)
Executable containing firmware for single component.

Additional resources

Driver and Firmware Notifications
Sign up to get notifications for the latest driver and firmware updates for your server.

Dell Update Best Practices
Learn how to identify the components of a sound server maintenance strategy.

PowerEdge Community Forum
Connect with other professionals for insights on working with PowerEdge servers.