Dell EMC OpenManage Essentials Version 2.5 User's Guide

Applying System Updates by using the System Update Task wizard

The system update task allows you to view and select non-compliant systems and their applicable updates.
  • NOTE: The following are some of the considerations when applying system updates:
    • You can only update systems using iDRAC6 or later if they are discovered using the WS-Man protocol.

    • If the iDRAC firmware version is 1.40.40 or earlier, applying system updates out-of-band (iDRAC) is supported only for 32-bit Dell Update Packages (DUPs). If you select a catalog that has no 32-bit DUPs for applying an out-of-band system update, OpenManage Essentials does not display any updates under Select Updates to Apply.

    • Applying system updates in-band (Operating System) requires that the Windows Management Instrumentation service is running on the selected targets.

    • Applying system updates requires the availability of the default Temp folders ( C:\Windows\Temp and C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Temp). Ensure that the Temp folders are not deleted or moved.

    • For out-of-band system updates, Dell recommends that system on which OpenManage Essentials is installed and the iDRAC should be on the same network. If they are on different network, the system update task cannot be performed successfully. If you are using Active Directory authentication for the iDRAC, it is recommended that system on which OpenManage Essentials is installed and the iDRAC should be on the same network domain.

    • In an MCM group, system updates can be applied only to the lead MX7000 chassis.

To create a system update task:

  1. Click Manage > System Update . The System Update portal is displayed.
  2. In the Update Action section, click Create System Update Task. The Non-Compliant Systems page of System Update wizard is displayed.
  3. Select any noncompliant systems that you want to update and click Next.
    • NOTE: You can update multiple systems at the same time.
    • NOTE: The following are the considerations when using 64-bit DUPs for system update:
      • For in-band updates (Operating System) – If the selected target is a server running a Windows 64-bit operating system, all applicable 64-bit packages are available for update. If the catalog does not contain 64-bit packages for a component, the corresponding 32-bit package is available for update.

      • For out-of-band updates (iDRAC) – If the selected target is an iDRAC of a 12th or 13th generation Dell PowerEdge server and has iDRAC firmware version later than 1.40.40 installed, all applicable 64-bit packages are available for update. If the catalog does not contain 64-bit packages for a component, the corresponding 32-bit package is available for update.

      • For in-band or out-of-band updates – If the selected 12th or 13th generation PowerEdge server is running a 32-bit operating system and has iDRAC firmware version later than 1.40.40 installed, by default, only 32-bit packages are available for update unless there is a package known only to iDRAC and not known to OMSA.

    The Applicable Packages page is displayed.
  4. Select the packages that you want to update and click Next. The Summary and Credentials page is displayed.
  5. Type a name for the task in the appropriate field.
  6. In the Set the Task Schedule section:
    1. Set the task schedule to Run Now or set a specific date and time.
    2. If you want to apply the changes immediately, select After update, if required, reboot the target server. The Out-of-band Reboot Type option is displayed.
      Using the Out-of-band Reboot Type option, you can set the types of reboot methods available for the system update. The reboot methods are:
      • Power Cycle (Cold) — Select this option to power off and then restart the system.
      • Graceful Reboot without forced shutdown (Warm) — Select this option to shut down and then reboot the operating system without forcefully turning off the target system.

      • Graceful Reboot with forced shutdown (Warm with forced) — Select this option to shut down and then reboot the operating system by forcefully turning off the target system.

      • NOTE: By default, the Graceful Reboot with forced shutdown reboot method is selected.
    3. If you want to skip the signature and hash check on the system update package, select Skip Signature and Hash Check .
    4. For out-of-band update only — If you experience failures while performing updates using the iDRAC, select Before update, reset the iDRAC.
      • CAUTION: If the Before update, reset the iDRAC option is selected, all pending jobs or activities scheduled on the iDRAC will be cancelled before the update is applied. If required, you must create the iDRAC jobs again.
  7. In the Enter Credentials for the task execution section, type the user name and password of the iDRAC (for out-of-band updates) or operating system (for in-band updates).
    • NOTE: For applying system updates on target systems running a Windows operating system with the User Account Control (UAC) feature enabled:
      • If the target system is part of a Domain, you must provide the credentials of either the Domain Administrator or a member in the Administrators group. Do not provide the credentials of the local, non-domain account on the target system, even if the account is in the Administrators group.

      • If the target system is not part of a Domain, you must provide the Administrator credentials. If you want to provide the credentials of a non-default Administrator account, ensure that the Remote WMI permissions are enabled for that user account.

    Examples: In a Windows domain environment, enter <Domain\Administrator> and password. In a Windows workgroup environment, enter <LocalHost\Administrator> and the password

    In a Linux environment, enter root and password. If you want to apply system updates using sudo, select Enable Sudo and update the SSH port number.

    • NOTE: Before you apply system updates using sudo, create a new user account, edit the sudoers file using the visudo command, and add the following:

      For target systems running a 32-bit operating systems:

      Cmnd_Alias OMEUPDATE = /bin/tar,/opt/dell/srvadmin/bin/omexec,/tmp/LinuxPreInstallPackage/runbada,/tmp/LinuxPreInstallPackage/omexec,/tmp/invcol.bin <sudo_username> ALL=OMEUPDATE,NOPASSWD:OMEUPDATE

      For target systems running a 64-bit operating systems:

      Cmnd_Alias OMEUPDATE = /bin/tar,/opt/dell/srvadmin/bin/omexec,/tmp/LinuxPreInstallPackage64/runbada,/tmp/LinuxPreInstallPackage64/omexec,/tmp/invcol64.bin <sudo_username> ALL=OMEUPDATE,NOPASSWD:OMEUPDATE

    • NOTE: Applying system updates using sudo is not supported for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server targets.
  8. Click Finish.
    • NOTE: You cannot schedule Windows and Linux updates to occur using the same task, and separate tasks should be created.

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