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PowerEdge Server: LifeCycle Controller Update

Summary: How to update Dell server firmware using the Lifecycle Controller on 12G and older.

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SLN292343_en_US__1icon Note: This article is part of the Server Tutorials: Update, available here.

This article provides information about how to update your system's firmware from the Lifecycle Controller on server generation 11G, 12G and later. Firmware for your system is available for downloading on Dell Support. To enter the Lifecycle Controller, press <F10> during boot. Before you start the updates, please make sure a network connection is set up if you want to use an online method of updating (HTTPS or Network share).

To set up the Network, go to Settings from the main menu, and then select Network settings. This needs to be set to valid details for your network.

SLN292343_en_US__1icon Note: Any network settings in the Lifecycle Controller will not affect the normal Operating system once you have booted back to it.





Updating 12 G (and later) PowerEdge Servers

To update the firmware via Lifecycle Controller:

  1. Start Lifecycle Controller by pressing <F10> at system start.

  2. In the left pane, click Firmware Update.

  3. In the right pane, click Launch Firmware Update.

  4. Select any one of these update repositories: Network Share (CIFS, NFS, or HTTP), or FTP Server, Local Drive (CD, DVD, or USB), and click Next. The Enter Access Details page is displayed.

Warning: For using USB as a source, the device has to be formatted as FAT32 to be recognized by the LifeCycle Controller.
SLN292343_en_US__1icon Note: To utilize the online Dell catalog for 12G and later (first Update your iDRAC to the latest version)
  • For HTTPS, select Network Share -> HTTPS and enter in the Share Name/Address field. Then enter catalog in the File Path or Update package path to download the latest update catalog.

  • For FTP Server, the address is There is no need to enter any credentials. You can verify the connection by clicking Test Network Connection. If the domain name is provided, then the server IP address and the domain name are displayed. If proxy IP is provided, then the proxy IP along with the server IP is displayed. FTP may not work, please see SLN316878 Lifecycle Controller platform updates failing from Dell's online repositories for additional information.

  1. Type or select the appropriate data.

  2. Click Next. The Select Updates page is displayed with the catalog file, catalog version, and component names for which the updates are available.

  3. Select the components that require an update, and then click Apply. The update process is initiated, and the firmware update is completed. After a restart, the system is ready to use. 


SLN292343_en_US__1icon Note: Additional information can be found - Updating Firmware and Drivers on Dell EMC PowerEdge Servers - SLN300662 


This video describes step by step the Lifecycle Controller update method: 


Updating 11G PowerEdge Servers (Video)

  Video: Dell Lifecycle Controller Platform Updates [3:15]



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19 Dec 2022



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