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. This 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 that 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.

Tower

Rack

Blade

Tower

Rack

Blade

Tower

Rack

Blade

Tower

Rack

Blade

For models not listed such as older, PowerEdge 11G or PowerEdge C Series servers, Dell EMC Repository Manager (DRM) can create a custom ISO image. For details, view Dell EMC Repository Manager.


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
  • Solar flare network update will not show up in compliance report of firmware update
    Solar flare firmware update will not list in Compliance report to update as it requires RHEL7.7 OOB drivers which are not currently available in PSBI.

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 continues 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: 06/29/2020 10:19 AM

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