Dell EMC OpenManage Essentials Version 2.5 User's Guide

Updating BIOS, firmware, drivers, and system applications

With the System Update feature in OpenManage Essentials, you can:

  • Upgrade and downgrade firmware, drivers, BIOS, application, and OpenManage Server Administrator.
  • Compare the drivers and firmware on the inventoried servers and modular blade enclosures with a source catalog and update them if needed.
    • NOTE: The recommended minimum network bandwidth that is required for OpenManage Essentials in a WAN environment is 10 Mbps (for monitoring) and 20 Mbps (for updates). Inventory automatically starts after the updates are applied to a target server.
    • NOTE: OpenManage Essentials supports system updates on PowerEdge 11th, 12th, 13th, and 14th generation servers using iDRAC with Lifecycle Controller.
  • Filter devices by clicking the Filtered by option. You can either select a query or select the devices/groups from the device tree.
Check for these prerequisites before you update systems:
  • Internet is accessible, and you can access (port 443)—if you are using the online catalog source.
  • DNS is resolved.
  • NOTE: When providing system credentials, if the username has spaces or periods, the username must be provided within quotation marks. For example, "localhost\johnny marr" or "us-domain\tim verlaine". Spaces and periods can be used in usernames for OpenManage System Administrator Tasks, Generic Command Line Tasks (local system), OpenManage Systems Administrator Deployment Tasks. System Updates (In Band, through OpenManage System Administrator) also support spaces and periods. Out of Band updates (through RAC device) or commands such as RACADM do not support space or period in the username.
  • NOTE: If a deployment task is run on a target server that is configured with a BIOS System Password, when the task is running, ensure that you launch the iDRAC virtual console, and if prompted, enter the system password. Else, the task might display running state for some time and eventually timeout.
  • NOTE: If there are both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of OpenSSL libraries that are installed on an RHEL system, Dell EMC recommends to uninstall the 32-bit version. Also, if there is a symbolic link to created by OpenManage Essentials, remove the symbolic link, and then redeploy BIOS, firmware, drivers, and system applications.

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