Dell EMC Repository Manager (DRM) - Guide and Download

Dell EMC Repository Manager (DRM) - Guide and Download

Dell EMC Repository Manager (DRM) is an application within the Dell OpenManage portfolio that allows IT Administrators to easily manage system updates. Dell Repository Manager provides a searchable interface used to create custom software collections known as bundles and repositories of Dell Update Packages (DUPs).

Note: Dell EMC Catalogs are refreshed on the 2nd and 4th Friday of the month. Dell EMC Linux YUM Repository is refreshed on the 3rd Friday of the month

Table of Contents

  1. What is the Dell EMC Repository Manager (DRM)?
  2. Resources
  3. How does Dell EMC Repository Manager Work?
  4. Release Summary

1. What is the Dell EMC Repository Manager (DRM)?

Dell EMC Repository Manager (DRM) is an application within the Dell OpenManage portfolio that allows IT Administrators to easily manage system updates. Dell Repository Manager provides a searchable interface used to create custom software collections known as bundles and repositories of Dell Update Packages (DUPs).

These bundles and repositories allow for the deployment of multiple firmware updates at once.

A Dell Update Package (DUP) is a self-contained executable in a standard package format that updates a specific software element on a Dell server or storage such as the BIOS, a device driver, firmware, and other similar software updates.
Additionally, Dell EMC Repository Manager makes it easier to find and download specific updates for a particular platform, which saves time.

Note: The Dell Repository Manager (DRM) can only be installed on Windows or Linux operating systems.

Available features

  • Compare differences between two repositories at both the bundle and component level
  • Allows you to create deployment tools using your custom repository
  • Available for Dell EMC Data Center (Server and Storage)
  • Integrates with Dell systems management products such as Dell OpenManage Essentials console and the Dell Management Plug-in for VMware vCenter
  • Automates the creation of custom repositories by reading inventory information from these consoles and creates a set of updates that are newer than what is currently installed

2. Dell Repository Resources


The latest version of Dell Repository Manager (DRM) is 3.1 :

DRM 3.1 promises usability enhancements and features to further streamline the process of updating and maintaining PowerEdge Servers.

  1. MX Platform Support
    • Support for Dell EMC Catalogs containing MX Platforms
      • Note: MX bundles contain activation rules which may cause DRM 3.0.1 and below to crash.
  2. Enhanced usability of the search function. Keyword Search and Filters are now combined into a single feature making it easier to find updates within a repository that match your search criteria.
    • More options for customizing a search and selecting the specific updates required
    • More specific delete options that enable, deletion of one update or each instance of the update across the repository
  3. Import DUPs with or without verify signature
    • Allows for the importing of DUPs that may have an expired signature.
  4. Option to Force downgrades with Smart Bootable ISO and Smart Deployment Scripts
    • Smart Bootable ISO: Requires Bootable ISO Plugin 902.2 or greater (ETA for new Bootable ISO Plugin is mid November)
    • Smart Scripts: Requires DSU Plugin 1.6 or greater (ETA for DSU 1.6 Plugin is late November)
  5. Improved Refresh feature with better Email Notification format.
  6. Smart Bootable ISO install script enhanced to fully support iDRAC Virtual Media.
    • Removes the need to remount the Smart Bootable ISO if iDRAC firmware update is in the bundle being deployed.
For the complete list of issues resolved refer to the DRM Readme file included in this release.


To access the documents, please select the DRM version on this link "Dell EMC Repository Manager versions", and then click on the "Manuals & documents" tab. The User's Guide and additional documents: "Troubleshooting Guide", "Quick Start Guide" and "Release Notes" will be displayed.


This playlist provides tutorials to use the features of the Repository Manager. Please click in the top left corner to display the list of available videos.

Included in this playlist you will find resource to:
  • Adding new Bundles
  • Setting Application Preferences
  • Using CMC Inventory to Create Custom Repositories
  • Creating a Custom Bootable ISO
  • Creating a Custom Catalog and downloading update
  • Creating a custom Smart Deployment Script Pack
  • Creating a Custom Server Update Utility
  • and other videos.

3. How does Dell EMC Repository Manager Work?

DRM allows an IT administrator to either manually create a repository of updates or integrate with other Dell EMC tools like OpenManage Enterprise v3.0+, OpenManage Essentials, OpenManage Integration with VMware vCenter, OpenManage Integration with Microsoft System Center, Chassis Management Controller, or iDRAC to automate the creation of a custom repository. Once a repository is created, an IT administrator can schedule searches for new updates, saving time otherwise spent manually searching through the Dell support site. An administrator can also create custom deployment tools such as custom catalogs that are used by Dell EMC Tools, a custom server update utility, scripted deployment packs, and/or bootable ISOs.

DRM connects to Dell's online catalog of updates that contains information on the available Dell Update Packages (DUPs). Once updates have been selected by a user, Dell EMC Repository Manager downloads the specific, requested files.
Dell EMC Repository Manager will also automate the refresh of repositories with the latest version of update packages or run a comparison and let an administrator select which new updates to include in the repository. DRM can then be used to create deployment tools from the contents of a repository.

4. Release Summary

What's New + Downloads

Version What's New Date
  • Support for Dell EMC MX Platform
  • Signature validation during DUP import enhancements
  • Improved filter and compare options
  • Support to connect with Dell EMC OpenManage Enterprise and Dell EMC Integration for System Center Virtual Machine Manager consoles
1 November 2018
  • Run OM Essentials and DRM on the same system
  • Support to create a new folder when building a deployment tool
  • Delete components enhancements
  • Support to export only catalog file for the repository

2 May 2018

v 3.0
  • New HTML5-based interface
  • Both Linux and Windows versions with same features, functionality, and appearance
  • Command Line interface (CLI) options – allowing for customized automation of routine processes
  • New work flows for creating repositories
  • o Easy to select just the platforms, OS, and desired devices
  • Repository versioning for easy roll back (or forward)
  • Web Service API for support of future Dell EMC consoles
  • Migration of repositories already created with DRM 2.2 during installation of DRM 3.0
  • Able to delete Multiple Repositories at once
  • Create Deployment tools for multiple Repositories at once.
  • Smart Bootable ISO and Smart Scripted Deployment Packs -- featuring Dell System Update (DSU) for orchestration of update process.
  • Automate discover and loading of new Catalogs.

29 Jan 2018

v 2.2
  • Repository Manager integration with Dell Lifecycle Controller Integration for Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager
  • Flexibility to do tasks at Repository Bundle level
  • Easy Access to Previous Catalogs
  • Quicker Deployment Tool creation with Concurrent Downloads

20 April 2016


Table 1: What's New + Downloads

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Last Date Modified: 11/05/2018 08:26 AM

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