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October 7th, 2020 11:00

Dell PowerEdge 2900 Server upgrading BIOS & Firmware without OS

I have a Dell PowerEdge 2900 server that i have have Ubuntu 20.04 Server installed on. Is there a way to update the Bios and the Firmware?

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October 7th, 2020 15:00



The only way that I can think of would be to use Redhat live media of a supported version. It looks like the latest supported version is RHEL 6. You might be able to use that to access USB storage with the firmware updates to run from. 

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October 8th, 2020 05:00

Thank you very much, I will give that try

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October 8th, 2020 10:00

Glad that it worked out for you. I know that updating an older platform can be tricky sometimes, so its nice when something works on the first try.

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October 8th, 2020 10:00

I was unable to find RHEL Live Media iso, but i did try it with CentOS 6.10 Live. Had to install additional packages, but it worked like a champ. When you try to run the updates for BIOS, ECM, & BMC, it will come back and tell you which packages need upgrade, and which need to be added

Thank you for your help

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October 8th, 2020 13:00

I know, but among the servers i have that are new then this one, it out performs them. I dread the day i have to put it to rest. Also long as Dell continue to make servers like this, that is what i will buy.

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