Updating Firmware and Drivers on Dell EMC PowerEdge Servers

This page provides several methods for updating your Dell EMC PowerEdge firmware and drivers, ranging from simplified to more involved options. Each method links to additional information on how to use the tools for your server setup.

Firmware and driver updates improve performance and stability and/or increase the number of features on your system. They may also fix critical issues to avoid downtime in your environment.

When an urgent firmware or driver update is released, we highly recommend you update it immediately. You can view firmware details on Dell Support in the driver and downloads section of your product support page.

Here are methods for updating firmware or drivers on your server.

Update methods 

Easy to use methods for updating multiple components

Platform Specific Bootable ISO
Update all the firmware for a 12G, 13G or 14G Dell EMC PowerEdge server in one step via the Platform Specific Bootable ISO. The updates are done automatically after starting the server from the self-bootable ISO.

Server Update Utility (SUU)
Application run from the operating system (in-band) that contains all the update packages for Dell EMC PowerEdge servers.When SUU is run, it will determine what applicable updates are available for your system.Upon confirmation, SUU will orchestrate the deployment of the selected updates.

LifeCycle Controller
Embedded Systems Management tool available on PowerEdge servers.

Customized method for updating multiple components

Dell EMC Repository Manager (DRM)
Update management tool used to assist with the identification, gathering, and packaging of Dell Update Packages (DUP’s) into a format to be used for deployment.

Dell EMC System Update (DSU)
Command Line Interface optimized deployment tool that assists customers who prefer to manage the deployment of updates in a scripted manner.

Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC)
Embedded systems management tool that is available on PowerEdge servers. With iDRAC, you can remote into a system to perform many systems management tasks, including updating of firmware.

Console-based method for updating multiple components

OpenManage Enterprise (OM Enterprise)

OpenManage Essentials (OM Essentials)

Microsoft System Center (MSSC)

VMware vCenter


Manual method for updating individual components

Dell Update Package (DUP)
Executable containing firmware for single component.

Additional resources

Driver and Firmware Notifications
Sign up to get notifications for the latest driver and firmware updates for your server.

Dell Update Best Practices
Learn how to identify the components of a sound server maintenance strategy.

PowerEdge Community Forum
Connect with other professionals for insights on working with PowerEdge servers.