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Greenfield2101
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Unable to update BIOS with IPMI driver disabled error

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NX3230, Windows 2012 R2 Standard

Trying to update BIOS, but getting the following error

"Execution status; IPMI driver disabled.  Please enable or load the drive then reboot the system" 

Can't seem to find any information on enabling or install IPMI.

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Greenfield2101
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Re: Unable to update BIOS with IPMI driver disabled error

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Well, I decided to give Dell support another call on this and got someone who knows her stuff.  She advised that it's a known issue with HP driver and asked me to check Device Manager.  In my case, there is a HP device under Storage controller.  Once I uninstall it, BIOS update completed successfully.  Hope this helps others with the same issue.  

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Nick Childs
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Re: Unable to update BIOS with IPMI driver disabled error

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Having the same problem on one of two R530's i'm trying to update. 

cammywebster
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Re: Unable to update BIOS with IPMI driver disabled error

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I'm having the same problem on 3 x M630 blades.  There is an "HP Baseboard Management Controller IPMI Device" with a code 10 error in dev mgr.  Not sure what an HP device is doing in a Dell server.  Would like to know how to be able to update the BIOS.

nadogmoney
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Re: Unable to update BIOS with IPMI driver disabled error

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Open up powershell and run this: get-service -name IPMIDRV

IPMIDRV service needs to be running for some online DUPs to work.

Greenfield2101
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Re: Unable to update BIOS with IPMI driver disabled error

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 Hi nadogmoney,

Thanks for the suggestion, I will test it out tonight when everyone is off the network.

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Greenfield2101
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Re: Unable to update BIOS with IPMI driver disabled error

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Still not working.  Now, I got "Execution Status: IPMI Driver/ Library Initialization Failure"

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nadogmoney
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Re: Unable to update BIOS with IPMI driver disabled error

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Was IPMIDRV not running? If you needed to change the startup type a reboot is required I think because it is a system driver.

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Greenfield2101
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Re: Unable to update BIOS with IPMI driver disabled error

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IPMIDRV was not running.  I restarted the service with PS, but didn't reboot the server.  I will give rebooting a try tonight and see how it goes.

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Greenfield2101
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Re: Unable to update BIOS with IPMI driver disabled error

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Still no luck.  Set ipmidrv to startup to automatic, rebooted the server, verified the service is running after the reboot, but got the same IPMI Driver / Library Initialization failure

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nadogmoney
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Re: Unable to update BIOS with IPMI driver disabled error

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I have not seen "IPMI Driver / Library Initialization failure" before and only have experience with PowerEdge R servers. I have no more things to try. Maybe something is corrupt with the IPMI bus or BMC. Do you have this issue on other servers with the same model number?

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