Dell PowerEdge: How to update the firmware via HTTPS connection to iDRAC

Summary: Firmware can be automatically be updated from the Dell FTP Repository using the iDRAC.

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The iDRAC allows the firmware of the local server to be remotely updated. This article explains how to use the "HTTPS" location type, to update the firmware using a Dell Update Package.
While FTP and HTTP are still options to connect to the Dell Catalog file, the Dell Update Package (DUP) require an HTTPS connection to download.

HTTPS update option is a feature available on iDRAC9 version 3.30.30.30, iDRAC8 version 2.63.60.61 and iDRAC7 version 2.63.60.62. More information about this is available here.
 
SLN309728_en_US__1icon Note: This article is part of the Server Tutorials: Update, available here. 

  

Table of contents

  1. iDRAC Licenses Update features
  2. Updating the firmware using HTTPS connection
  3. Automatic Updates using the iDRAC web interface

 


1. iDRAC Licensing and related articles

Update features of the iDRAC depend on the license level. Here is an overview of features for the iDRAC 9.
 
License Type Basic Express Express for Blades Enterprise
Remote agent-free update Y Y Y Y
Embedded update tools Y Y Y Y
Sync with the repository (scheduled updates).       Y
Autoupdate       Y
Improved PSU firmware updates Y Y Y Y


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2. Updating the firmware using an HTTPS connection

After logging into the iDRAC interface, navigate to the update menu

iDRAC 9: Maintenance System Update.
iDRAC 8: Overview iDRAC SettingsUpdate and Rollback.

The firmware update page is displayed. After selecting "HTTPS" in the file location enter the following settings:

HTTPS address is https://downloads.dell.com


 

SLN309728_en_US__1icon Note: Catalog location and Catalog File Name is an optional field and should work without entering anything.


 

iDRAC 9 screenshot


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Figure 1: iDRAC9 System Update Screen - Manual Update Tab

 

Click the "Check for Update" button to find new updates. 

Follow the steps below to complete the update:

  1. Once connected to the catalog, a list of updates will be presented.

  2. Check off any or all the updates to run

  3. Check "Install and Reboot" or "Install Next Reboot" depending on your needs.

  4. The DRAC puts the tasks in the job queue. It can take some time to show up.

  5. The in-band updates start to download and install (iDRAC, DIAGS, OS Driver Pack for example)

  6. The out-of-band updates will download and then schedule to run on next reboot (they will set to scheduled 0% and wait)

  7. When the server is rebooted, the LCC runs the scheduled updates, then reboot back in the OS.
     

 

SLN309728_en_US__1icon Note: When updating the iDRAC, run a continuous ping from the command line to verify when the iDRAC becomes available again. Example: ping 192.168.0.1 -t




 


Automatic Updates using the iDRAC web interface

You can specify a recurring update schedule for iDRAC to check for new firmware updates. At the scheduled time, day and date, iDRAC connects to the specified network share and applies or stages all applicable firmware updates available in the repository. 
Automatic updates are available only with the iDRAC Enterprise.  To schedule automatic firmware update using web Interface for

 

SLN309728_en_US__1icon Note: Do not create the next scheduled occurrence of an automatic update job if a job is already Scheduled. It overwrites the current scheduled job.

 

iDRAC 8

iDRAC 8 screenshot
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Figure 1: iDRAC8 System Update Screen - Manual Update Tab

 

  1. In the iDRAC web interface, go to Overview > iDRAC Settings > Update and Rollback. The Firmware Update page is displayed.
  2. Click the Automatic Update tab.
  3. Select the Enable Automatic Update option.
  4. Select any of the following options to specify if a system reboot is required after the updates are staged:
    • Schedule Updates—Stage the firmware updates but do not reboot the server.
    • Schedule Updates and reboot Server—Enables server reboot after the firmware updates are staged.
  5. Select the Network Settings. Multiple location types are available. A simple solution is to use the HTTPS protocol.
     
     

    HTTPS address is https://downloads.dell.com


     
  6. Based on the selection in step 5, enter the network settings. For information about the fields, see the iDRAC Online Help.   
  7. In the Update Window Schedule section, specify the start time for the firmware update and the frequency of the updates (daily, weekly, or monthly). For information about the fields, see the iDRAC Online Help.
  8. Click Schedule Update. The next scheduled job is created in the job queue. Five minutes after the first instance of the recurring job starts, the job for the next time period is created.



iDRAC 9

 
  1. In the IDRAC web interface, go to Maintenance > System Update > Automatic Update. The Firmware Update page is displayed.
  2. The menu is grayed. Click "Enable Automatic Update" at the bottom of the page.
  3. Select the "Server Reboot" type
    • Schedule Updates—Stage the firmware updates but do not reboot the server.
    • Schedule Updates and reboot Server—Enables server reboot after the firmware updates are staged.
  4. Select "Network Settings." Multiple location types are available. A simple solution is to use the HTTPS protocol with the following address.

     

    HTTPS address is https://downloads.dell.com


     
  5. Based on the selection in step 3, enter the network settings. For information about the fields, see the iDRAC Online Help.
  6. In the Update Window Schedule section, specify the start time for the firmware update and the frequency of the updates (daily, weekly, or monthly). For information about the fields, see the iDRAC Online Help.
  7. Click Schedule Update. The next scheduled job is created in the job queue. Five minutes after the first instance of the recurring job starts, the job for the next time period is created.
     



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Figure 2: iDRAC9 System Update Screen - Automatic Update Tab
 


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Last Published Date

05 Dec 2020

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