cameronredux
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iDRAC6 Firmware update and version questions

I am about to bring all my iDRAC6 up to date with the latest firmware and I have a few questions.

The latest version listed for download is iDRAC6_1.80_A01_FW_IMG.exe

iDRAC6 firmware download page:

http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/en/19/DriverDetails?driverId=5XJ40

That's 1.80 but if you go to the bottom of that page higher version numbers of 1.85, 1.90 and 1.92 are listed as previous versions.

That doesn't make sense.

Where can I download 1.92 as it seems to be the latest version.

Some of my iDRAC6 are still at firmware version 1.50.

Can I go right from 1.50 to the latest or do I need to do it in steps? If steps then which ones to get to the latest. I don't want to brick my drac!

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Peter Tsai
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Re: iDRAC6 Firmware update and version questions

Hi Cameron,  I just updated the page at:

en.community.dell.com/.../4357.idrac6-home.aspx

Firmware 1.92 is available at

downloads.dell.com/.../iDRAC6_1.92_A00_FW_IMG.exe

I asked around and I don't think there are any issues going straight from 1.92 to 1.5 but no guarantees. In my experience, the update will just fail if you have to stage the upgrades.

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cameronredux
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Re: iDRAC6 Firmware update and version questions

Thank you Peter!!! 🙂

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cameronredux
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Re: iDRAC6 Firmware update and version questions

Peter any chance you have the link to the RACADM reference guide for iDRAC6?

The link from the Dell iDRAC6 page is generating:

Server Error in '/Support' Application. 🙂

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Peter Tsai
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Re: iDRAC6 Firmware update and version questions

Not sure what's up with the links lately.  Sorry you had a bad customer experience on the page.  Here's the latest iDRAC6 reference guide I found online. support.dell.com/.../clr.pdf

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cameronredux
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Re: iDRAC6 Firmware update and version questions

Thanks Peter!

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cameronredux
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Re: iDRAC6 Firmware update and version questions

When running a remote rac command to upgrade the firmware I am getting an error in my tftp server logs showing that the command is trying to append /firmimg.d5 to my get location.

I need some clarification of exactly what file the firmware update command is looking for.

On the DRAC page I downloaded the .exe file for the upgade I am trying to achieve.

Is this .exe file not the file I should be trying to remotely get from my tftp server when issuing the remote rac command?

What is the firmimg.d5 file?

What is the exact syntax I should be  using for the remote rac command?

I am using:

racadm -r x.x.x.DRACIP -u redux -p rSRLxh3d fwupdate -g -u -a x.x.x.TFTPSERVERIP -d /tftp/firmware_upgrade_file_name.exe

x.x.x.DRACIP is the IP of my DRAC

x.x.x.TFTPSERVERIP is the IP of my TFTP server

firmware_upgrade_file_name.exe would be the filename of the .exe file downloaded from the dell site.

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Peter Tsai
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Re: iDRAC6 Firmware update and version questions

firmimg.d5 is the extracted firmware image - the exe file should contain the image once you extract out the files (run the exe file)

It seems you are trying to upgrade an iDRAC5?  Here are the different image file name extensions based on the iRAC type.

• iDRAC7 — firming.d7

• iDRAC6 for rack and tower servers — firmimg.d6

• iDRAC6 for blade servers — firmimg.imc

• CMC — firmimg.cmc

• DRAC5 — firmimg.d5

• DRAC4 — firmimg.dm1

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cameronredux
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Re: iDRAC6 Firmware update and version questions

Thank you Peter!

This is very helpful 🙂

I was trying tell the iDRAC to get the .exe.

Didn't know I needed to extract first. I am on a Mac and thought the DRAC update process would run the .exe locally on the iDRAC after the get.

So just to confirm:

All firmware iDRAC6 update files no matter what version 1.55, 1.85 or 1.92 all will have the same file name of firmimg.d6 and the name should not be changed after extraction to something like firmimg.1.92.d6 for filname segregation from other versions as the iDRAC firmware upgarde process will be looking for the firmimg.d6 by name.

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crescendas
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RE: iDRAC6 Firmware update and version questions

I just downloaded 1.96 from http://www.dell.com/support/drivers/us/en/04/DriverDetails?driverId=63KCR&fileId=2789070077 and extract iDRAC6_1.96_A00_FW_IMG.exe, only to find 2 files:

firmimg.d6

iDRAC6_1.96_A00_Internal_Release_Notes.txt

How do I upload firmimg.d6 into iDRAC6 without any exe file to execute???

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