Highlighted
hudson8
Silver

iDRAC v6 firmware update using racadm from a remote Windows desktop

I have an iDRAC v6 with firmware v1.9 that I need to update.  It resides on a dell r610 VMware host.

The browser based update fails (this is a known problem according to Dell).

I can putty to the iDRAC and have run 

racadm fwupdate  -u -g -d "C:\Sources\Dell\iDRAC 6\ESM_Firmware_9GJYW_WN32_2.90_A00.exe"

where the path is a path on the Windows machine from which I am accessing the iDRAC.  This fails as well.  All other racadm commands I have tried work fine, except the update firmware command.

Can you provide an example of the exact syntax needed to upgrade v6 iDRAC firmware from a remote windows desktop location.

Tags (2)
0 Kudos
4 Replies

RE: iDRAC v6 firmware update using racadm from a remote Windows desktop

To update iDRAC firmware using SSH you need to use firmimg.d6 file with TFTP server.

firmimg.d6 file is available @ Link. Download file "iDRAC6_2.90_A00_FW_IMG.exe". this is a self extractable file and once you extract you can get firmimg.d6 file from it. 

Below is syntax of racadm command to update iDRAC FW with TFTP

racadm fwupdate -g -u -a < path >

where path is the location on the TFTP server where the firmimg.d6 is stored including the TFTP server IP address

Path: < TFTP Server IP > -d < Firmware image path on TFTP server >

Case1: If firmimg.d6 image is in tftp root folder, path

      racadm fwupdate -g -u -a < TFTP Server IP Address >

Case2: If firmimg.d6 image is in sub folder of tftp root

      racadm fwupdate -g -u -a < TFTP Server IP Address > -d < Sub folder Path >

Thanks-

Shine

hudson8
Silver

RE: iDRAC v6 firmware update using racadm from a remote Windows desktop

Thank you for this answer.  These are the details I was looking for.

But because I don't have a TFTP server handy, we took down the VMware host, booted it using a Server2016 on a USB stick, and ran the windows-64 version of the install program.

That worked fine.

0 Kudos

RE: iDRAC v6 firmware update using racadm from a remote Windows desktop

If yo don't want to use TFTP then you can update iDRAC FW remotely using remote racadm. To do this you need to install Racadm SW (Link) on a remote windows machine and run below command to update iDRAC FW.

racadm -r <iDRAC IP> -u <username> -p <password> fwupdate -p -u -d <Path to folder where firmimg.d6 image available>

E.g. racadm -r 192.168.10.12 -u root -p calvin fwupdate -p -u -d c:\iDRAC62.90

Note : This command will take around 15 to 20 minutes to update iDRAC

Thanks-

Shine

0 Kudos
hudson8
Silver

RE: iDRAC v6 firmware update using racadm from a remote Windows desktop

OK.  This is a great tip.  I did download the iDRAC manual, but the instructions were not as specific as what you just provided.

I'll use this method next time.

Thank you so much.

0 Kudos