Update PowerEdge Servers with Platform Specific Bootable ISO

Update PowerEdge Servers with Platform Specific Bootable ISO

This article provides information about how to update all the firmware for your Dell PowerEdge servers in one step via the ISO images (ISO-files) provided below. These include a small bootable Linux distribution and a collection of all firmware (repositories) for a specific server model. The updates are done automatically after starting the server from the corresponding image and can take up to 1 hour to complete (when running it locally or on the same physical network - remote may take considerably longer).

Note: This article is part of the Server Tutorials: Update, others methods are available here.
Note: A system restart is always required when using the bootable ISOs.
Note: For security reasons, firmware for Power Supply Units (PSU) is not included in the ISO file. When updating a power supply it is important to wait for the automatic restart and not try to restart manually. How to update a PSU is explained in this article.

Table of Contents

  1. How to use the bootable media / ISO?
  2. List of Update Repositories
  3. The Update Process in Pictures
  4. The Update Process in Video

1. How to use the bootable media / ISO?

1. Download the image corresponding to your system from the list of Update Repositories below.

2. Determine the method you want to use to boot from the image:

3. Restart server and boot the system from corresponding media

2. List of Update Repositories

Note: Bootable ISOs contain BIOS versions that address Dell EMC Server Security Notice for Intel-SA-00233










Legacy Dell PowerEdge & Clouds

Platform Specific Bootable ISO’s are not available for PowerEdge 11G or PowerEdge C servers. If you require a Bootable ISO, Dell EMC Repository Manager (DRM) can be used to create a Smart Bootable ISO for these platforms. For full details on how to use the Dell EMC Repository Manager please consult this article.

Known issues:
  • Intel X520 firmware update unsuccessful during the firmware update process
    Platform Specific Bootable ISO fails to update Intel X520 firmware update with SFP+ connected to a switch and active on the system

  • Solarflare network update won’t show up in compliance report of firmware update
    Solarflare firmware update won't list in Compliance report to update as it requires RHEL7.7 OOB drivers which are not currently available in PSBI.

    Above issue will be addressed in the future release.

  • 3. The Update Process in Pictures

    1. When the Boot Options are shown, select the first option to start the firmware updates.

    2. Now the Linux distribution is loading

    3. Then the firmware update process starts and can take up to 1 hour to complete (Do not reboot before!)

    Note: Error messages may appear when the media tries to update components which are not installed in your system. This behavior is normal as the media attempts to update all components that might be installed in the specific server model. The update will continue anyway.
    Note: After all firmware updates are done the system shows a message that a warm reboot is required.

    The Update Process in Video

    The following video shows how to update a PowerEdge Server using the Platform Bootable Support Image. The following video is hosted on YouTube.

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    Article ID: SLN296511

    Last Date Modified: 10/14/2019 07:51 AM

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