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Using the Dell Update Packages (DUP) is an easy and quick way to update the firmware or drivers of the entire system or individual system components. This article explains how to run these DUP directly from the Operating System (OS).
: This article is only one of the methods that can be used to update a PowerEdge Server. All other methods are available here.
: The method described in this article is compatible with Windows OS
(.exe files) and Linux OS
(.bin files). For an OS other than these we recommend using iDRAC firmware update feature.
The major advantage of using a DUP is that the the system does not need to be offline to apply most updates.
Updates to the BIOS and iDRAC will require a reboot to complete. DUP enabled drives do not require a reboot as they are specifically designed to allow for updating the drives while the system is still live.
Dell Update packages (DUP) are normally provided for the following operating systems:
- Windows Server 32bit (x86) versions
- Windows Server 64bit (x64) versions
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux
- SusSE Linux ES
After identifying the hardware requiring updates, the appropriate DUP must be located and downloaded. The easiest way to complete this is as follows
- Open a browser window on your server OS and go to Drivers & Downloads
- Enter the Service Tag of your server to take you directly to the content specific of the device
- If the Service Tag is not known it can be found using command prompt
- In the Drivers and Downloads section, ensure the correct operating system for the server is selected
- Updates are arranged in categories which can be expanded to see the available updates
- The relevant DUP can be identified by file name, as it starts with the expression "Update Package"
- Select the DUPs needed and tick the relevant box to add to the download package
- Select "Download Selected Files" to begin the download
- Once the relevant DUP has been transferred to the system, they can be run by double clicking on the downloaded files and following the onscreen instructions
If there is no internet access to the server, it is possible to download these files from another computer and copy to a USB drive. Alternatively you can use the Server Update Utility
to update a server without Internet connection.
The download files shown will be relevant to the original components the system was shipped with.
Example to update the BIOS of a PowerEdge M630:
1. Navigate to the Dell website, select the model and access the needed file
2. Download the file
3. Run the file directly from the operating system.
4. A message will be displayed to confirm the file installation. In some cases a reboot is needed.