Dell PowerEdge: Update the firmware of Single System Components Remotely Using the iDRAC

Dell PowerEdge: Update the firmware of Single System Components Remotely Using the iDRAC


Note: This article is part of the Server Tutorials: Update, other methods are available here.

This article provides information about how to update the firmware of a single component using the integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC). This is a remote update method using the iDRAC web interface of Dell PowerEdge servers.

Note: This feature is independent of the operating system. The iDRAC communicates directly with the hardware. A driver cannot be updated using this method.


Table of Contents

  1. Overview

  2. How to update single components using iDRAC9

  3. How to update single components using iDRAC 7/8

  4. Updating single components using iDRAC 6 (Video)


Overview

The iDRAC allows you to remotely update the firmware of a single component using the "Update and Rollback" feature. This method works when the server is running, however a restart is required for some firmware updates.

Note: The iDRAC remote update feature uses .exe files to update servers. This is true regardless of the operating system that is installed on the server.

To use this feature, you must first download the necessary firmware from the Dell Support Site to your local system. Follow the steps below to complete this:
  1. Go to the Dell Support Site
  2. Enter the Service Tag, or directly select the model.
  3. Access the "Drivers and Downloads" tab
  4. Select the firmware to update.
  5. Download the .exe format (x86 or x64).


2. How to update firmware with the iDRAC9


Video: Update Firmware Using iDRAC9 - English Language

Before updating the firmware using a single component update method, ensure that you have downloaded the firmware image to a location on your local system. We recommend updating the iDRAC firmware first.

Note: Ensure that the file name for the single component Dell Update Package (DUP) does not have any blank space.

To update single component firmware using iDRAC web interface, follow the steps below:

  1. Go to Maintenance > System Update. The Manual Update page is displayed.

  2. On the Manual Update tab, select Local as the File Location.

    14G_iDRAC_Update
    Figure 2: iDRAC9 Update Screen

  3. Click Browse, select the firmware image file for the required component, and then click Upload.

  4. After the upload is complete, the Update Details section displays each firmware file that is uploaded to iDRAC and its status.
    If the firmware image file is valid and was successfully uploaded, the Contents column displays a (+) icon next to the firmware image file name. Expand the name to view the Device Name, Current, and Available firmware version information.

  5. Select the required firmware file, and do one of the following:

    • For firmware images that do not require a host system reboot, click Install. For example, iDRAC firmware file.

    • For firmware images that require a host system reboot, click Install and Reboot or Install Next Reboot.

    • To cancel the firmware update, click Cancel.

    When you click Install, Install and Reboot, or Install Next Reboot, the message "Updating Job Queue" is displayed.

  6. To display the Job Queue page, click Job Queue. Use this page to view and manage your pending firmware updates. You can click OK to refresh the current page to view the status of the firmware update.

Note: If you navigate away from the page without saving the updates, an error message is displayed and all uploaded content is deleted from the queue.


3. How to update firmware with the iDRAC7 or iDRAC8

Before updating the firmware using the single component update method, ensure that you have downloaded the firmware image to a location on the local system. We recommend updating the iDRAC firmware first.

NOTE: Ensure that the file name for the single component DUP does not have any blank space.

To update single component firmware using iDRAC web interface:

12G + 13G_iDRAC_Update
Figure 3: iDRAC7 & 8 Update Screen

  1. Go to Overview > iDRAC Settings > Update and Rollback. The Firmware Update page is displayed.

  2. On the Update tab, select Local as the File Location.

  3. Click Browse, select the firmware image file for the required component, and then click Upload.

  4. After the upload is complete, the Update Details section displays each firmware file that is uploaded to iDRAC and its status.
    If the firmware image file is valid and was successfully uploaded, the Contents column displays a (+) icon next to the firmware image file name. Expand the name to view the Device Name, Current, and Available firmware version information.

  5. Select the required firmware file and do one of the following:

    • For firmware images that do not require a host system reboot, click Install. For example, iDRAC firmware file.

    • For firmware images that require a host system reboot, click Install and Reboot or Install Next Reboot.

    • To cancel the firmware update, click Cancel.

    When you click Install, Install and Reboot, or Install Next Reboot, the message "Updating Job Queue" is displayed.

  6. Click Job Queue to display the Job Queue page, where you can view and manage your pending firmware updates. You can also click OK to refresh the current page and view the status of the firmware update.

Note: If you navigate away from the page without saving the updates, an error message is displayed and all the uploaded content is lost.


4. How to update firmware with the iDRAC 6 (Video)

Video: Dell iDRAC6 Firmware Updates using GUI Interface [6:30]




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Article ID: SLN292363

Last Date Modified: 05/07/2020 04:59 PM


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