Lifecycle Controller 1

Lifecycle Controller 1

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What is Lifecycle Controller?
LC2 (Lifecycle Controller 2) Home
LC1 Release Summary
iDRAC6 Home
LC1 White Papers
iDRAC7 Home
LC1 and LC2 Video Demos

LC1 - iDRAC6 FW Matrix
LC1 Error Message Reference

What is Lifecycle Controller?

The Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller with Lifecycle Controller (iDRAC6 with Lifecycle Controller 1 or iDRAC7 with Lifecycle Controller 2) is an embedded device in all Dell PowerEdge™ servers that helps IT administrators manage, monitor, update, and deploy Dell servers.

This embedded management solution is designed to make server administrators more productive and improve the overall availability of Dell servers. iDRAC alerts administrators to server issues, helps them perform remote server management, and reduces the need for physical access to the server.
Embedded Management
Lifecycle Controller - Local GUI Lifecycle Controller - Web Services API
Lifecycle controller supports local 1-to-1 system management tasks via a graphical user interface (GUI) on the servers KVM for operating system install, updates, configuration, and for performing diagnostics, on single, local servers. This eliminates the need for multiple option ROMs for hardware configuration Remote Services are standards-based interfaces that enable consoles to integrate, for example, bare-metal provisioning and one-to-many OS deployments, for servers located remotely. Dell’s Lifecycle Controller takes advantage of the capabilities of both USC and Remote Services to deliver significant advancement and simplification of server deployment.

Lifecycle Controller Serviceability aims at simplifying server reprovision and/or replacing failed parts and thus reduces maintenance downtime

Table 1: Embedded management solution
LC 1 Release Summary
LC1 1.6.0** Support for Fiber Channel (FC) cards 03/26/2013
LC1 1.5.5** Support for additional NIC / CNA cards 10/24/2012
LC1 1.5.2** Additional hardware support 06/21/2012
LC1 1.5.1
  • Stacking of mulitple device configurations
  • Performance Enhancements
LC1 1.5.0
  • Export and Import of Server Profile
  • CNA inventory and configuration
  • Performance Enhancements
LC1 1.4.0
  • Hardware inventory
  • OS deployment features enhanced
  • RAID inventory and configuration
  • BIOS inventory and configuration
  • NIC inventory and configuration
LC1 1.3.0
  • Software Inventory
  • Software Update
LC1 1.2.0
  • First release supporting Lifecycle Controller web services API
  • Added discovery and handshake
  • OS deployment features introduced
Table 2: LC 1 Release Summary

** Please note that this release of the Lifecycle Controller firmware must be applied after updating the DRAC6 firmware to either 3.35 (modular) or 1.85 (monolithic). Do not apply this update to the Lifecycle Controller without the corresponding DRAC update.


LC1 - iDRAC6 FW Matrix
LC 1 Version iDRAC6 Monolithic FW Version iDRAC6 Blade FW Version
1.6.0 1.95 (Download) 3.45 (Download)
1.5.5 1.9 (Download) 3.4 (Download)
1.5.2 1.8 (Download) 3.35 (Download)
1.5.0 1.6 (Download) 3.2 (Download)
1.4.0 1.5 (Download) 3.0 (Download)
1.3.0 1.3 (Download) 2.2 (Download)
1.2.0 1.2 (Download) 2.1 (Download)
1.0.0 1.0 (Download) 2.0 (Download)
Table 3: LC1 - iDRAC6 FW Matrix

Web Services Integration Tools
Best Practice Guide (includes LC2) Best Practice scripts 2/7/2013
Lifecycle Controller 1.5 Web Services Interface Guide for Windows Scripts 9/8/2011
Lifecycle Controller 1.5 Web Services Interface Guide for Linux Scripts 9/8/2011
Table 4: Web Services Integration Tools

Reference Specifications
Profiles Describes the behavior for each feature and necessary classes, properties and methods as well as configurable management attributes that represent the feature.
MOFs Files that contain the normative description for DCIM classes, properties and method in the MOF format.
Table 5: Reference Specifications

Dell Event / Error Message Reference
Dell Message Registry - English iDRAC and Lifecycle Controller event / error message data in XML with Dell XSL for viewing. iDRAC6, LC1 Version 1.6
English Dell Test Event Notification Message Reference iDRAC6, LC1 Version 1.5
Table 6: Dell Event / Error Message Reference

LC1 White Papers
Lifecycle Controller Integration for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr)

Updates using a USB key with Lifecycle Controller

Automating Server Firmware Updates Using Dell iDRAC with Lifecycle Controller — Securely, Efficiently, and Standards-based

Configuring iDRAC6 for Directory Services

Public Key Infrastructure in iDRAC

Using Dell vFlash

Deployment solution and Lifecycle Controller overview

Principled Technologies report comparing USC 1 3 and HP SmartStart 8 30

Unified Server Configurator: IT and Systems Management Overview

Unified Server Configurator Security Overview

Creating a USB Storage Device for Updates

Lifecycle Controller Remote Services Overview

Repairing or Updating the Lifecycle Controller (LCC) and Unified Server Configurator (USC)

Scripting the Dell Lifecycle Controller

Unleashing the power of vFlash in the Dell PowerEdge iDRAC
Table 7: LC1 White Papers

Unified Server Configurator

Figure 1: Unified Server Configurator

The Dell Unified Server Configurator (USC) is a bootable management interface on Dell's 11th-generation PowerEdge servers that Dell customers can use to perform various management tasks such as firmware update, RAID configuration, network configuration, date / time, Operating Systems deployment, and BIOS configuration. It is a feature of the Dell Lifecycle Controller and the software lives on board the Dell iDRAC, eliminating the need to host the software on bootable media that is easy to lose.

USC was introduced on Dell 11G servers (which were released in 2009) as an onboard replacement for the Systems Build and Update Utility (SBUU). Both USC and SBUU are designed for 1-to-1 server management. The USC interface can be accessed by pressing F10 during post / system boot. This information page is not for 12th-generation and later servers. In that case, please refer to the Lifecycle Controller page.

Unified Server Configurator Features

There are 2 levels of features for of USC:
  • Unified Server Configurator (USC) - Entry-level product that provides operating system (OS) Deployment, Diagnostics, and Settings capabilities. There is no Lifecycle Controller Enabled functionality.
  • Unified Server Configurator - Lifecycle Controller Enabled (USE - LCE) - Full-featured product that provides Platform Update, Hardware Configuration, OS Deployment, Diagnostics, Settings, Full Remote Management, Dedicated NIC port, Virtual KVM, and Virtual Media capabilities.

Article ID: SLN312152

Last Date Modified: 08/16/2018 08:38 AM

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