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

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The latest version of Dell Repository Manager (DRM) is 3.2 :

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

  1. OpenManage Enterprise and SCVMM
    1. Reduce the complexity for connecting DRM and OMEnt/SCVMM to create custom Repository
      1. Existing method: HTTPS://IP Address or hostname/api/DRMInventoryService
      2. New Method: IP Address or Hostname
        1. Benefit: Reduces the information customers need to enter and reduces the chances of errors.
  2. Replace Default Script for Smart Bootable ISO and Smart Deployment Script
    1. Provide additional flexibility for customers who are advance scripters or have unique deployment requirements to easily integrate their custom scripts.
  3. Pre-Enables DRM for Dell IT eventual shutting down FTP site
    1. Only HTTPS protocol supported
    2. All internal functionality that relied on FTP has been transitioned.
  1. Manual Repository Creation enhancements
    1. Keyword search enabled
    2. Dropdown boxes have been eliminated and replaced with check box architecture.
      1. Easier to see what options are available and selected

For the complete list of issues resolved refer to the DRM Readme file included in this release.

Note: Repositories containing MX platforms must be created using DRM 3.1 or above.

Manuals

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.



Videos

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
v3.2
  • Enhanced user experience for OpenManage Enterprise repository creation
  • Enhanced user experience for OpenManage Integration for Microsoft System Center repository creation
  • Option to replace default script in Smart Bootable ISO.
  • Option to replace default script in Smart Deployment Script.
  • Automatic Dell EMC System Update through Smart Deployment Script and Smart Bootable ISO.
  • Improved UI experience in Compare Window.
  • Enhanced usability experience in manual repository creation and manual bundle addition
  • Sign verification for all artifacts that are downloaded and used in the application.
  • Provides support for only HTTPS protocol.
29 March 2019
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v3.1
  • 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
Download
v3.0.1
  • 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

Download
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

Table 1: What's New + Downloads




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Last Date Modified: 04/01/2019 04:40 AM


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