Greetings All. First I am a novice in this area so please support the cause.
I just purchased my first server, a PowerEdge 2950. It did not come with the HDs. So I am in the process of ordering the caddies and SAS 3.5 HDD. Their on their way.. My goal is to install Windows Server 8 inside VMWare Vsphere ESXi. Before I start, I want to get the latest firmware upgrades for the 2950.
Can/should I flash the BIOS before or after installing the HD? Is there a firmware upgrade process guide that I can obtain?
Your response is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
You can do the firmware updates in one of two ways:
SMTD/SBUU (Systems Management Tools and Documentation/Systems Build and Update Utility):
SUU (Server Update Utility):
Boot to SMTD/SBUU, choose Firmware Update, insert SUU when it asks for a repository.
Sync database with Dell online, select only Linux bundles, then export as bootable ISO ... boot to it and let it do its thing.