Dell EMC repository manager (DRM)

Dell EMC repository manager (DRM)


Dell EMC Repository Manager v3.0 (New Jan 2018)

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 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.

What is new in DRM 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
    • 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.
  • Automated discovery and loading of new Catalogs.

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 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.

What's New + Downloads

Release Summary
v3.0.1 What's new:
  • 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

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v 3.0 What's new:
  • 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

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v 2.2 What's new:
  • 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

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v2.1 What's new:

1. Performance: Building deployment tools such as a Bootable ISO and Customized Server Update Utility has always been time consuming. Internal testing shows 30-40% improvement in build times.

2. Web download Protocols: DRM has been enhanced to better support HTTP and HTTPS protocols. Additionally, DRM has implemented a Network Settings option to allow customers to selectively enable or disable web protocols

3. Managing Tasks: DRM can now create a number of scheduled tasks, including notification of new updates and notification when new catalogs are available. DRM then assists in managing these tasks by allowing for viewing and editing the scheduled tasks.

4. Context Sensitive Help: DRM now has context sensitive help.

5. Prerequisite Installer: DRM relies on Microsoft Windows .NET framework, and will assist in installing the required version without leaving the DRM installer.

20 Aug 2015

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v2.0 New Features:
  • iDRAC Inventory integration: DRM can extract an inventory file from a given system(s) and compare that to currently available updates.
  • Scheduled Repository Search will notify an administrator when a given repository has new updates. This search happens on a scheduled defined by the customer. If configured, DRM will also send an alert via email.
  • Email notification has been extended to include notification when a new catalog is available.
  • M1000e Inventory feature has been renamed Dell Modular Chassis Inventory, and this feature now also supports PowerEdge VRTX and FX2 systems.

17Dec2014

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Table 1: What's New + Downloads

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Table 2: Manuals & Documents

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Table 3: Useful Links

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Article ID: SLN312652

Last Date Modified: 08/14/2018 02:19 AM


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