Upgrade Dell Server/Blade Firmware Step by Step

Step1: Download the Dell Repository Manager and Systems Build and Update Utility

Step2: Install and Configure Dell Repository Manager.

Click Application, Click Settings, Click Plug-in Update. Select all, Click Download.


Once downloaded you will see plug-in download completed. There will be two files in C:UsersUser NameAppDataLocalRepositoryManagerPayloads folder.


On the Welcome Page, Sync Repository.


Step3: Create Repository

Click Create a New Repository. On the inventory page, Type the Name of the repository, Click Next


Click Source Repository, Click Next. Select Default Click next again.


On the Select Brand page, Select the brand of Dell Server you have. Click Next


On the OS Selection page, Click Next


On the model selection page, select the model you have, click Next


Select only include most recent updates and bundle, Click Next.


Click Select Components, Select all model, select all components.Click Ok.


Click Next. Click Finish.


Step4: Export Repository to ISO

Select all from the newly created repository. Click Export. Click Next


Select Export to SUU, Select Export SUU to ISO


Click Next, Select the location where you would like to save SuuImage.iso file. Click Next. SUU start downloading. It will take very long time to download and create ISO. 


Once done you will see download is 100% completed and there is a iso file saved in desired location.


Step5: Upgrade Firmware

Log on to the server using iDRAC. Click Setup. Select First boot as virtual CD/ISO 


From Console/Media, Lunch virtual console


Hover your mouse in the middle of the console, Click Virtual Media


Add bootable dell utility, you have downloaded at step1.


At this stage, log on to server reboot. If it is an ESXi . Put the server in Maintenance mode, then restart. If Hyper-v Host, migrate virtual machine and restart. Once booted, Select Language, Accept EULA.


On the Next, Click Firmware Upgrade. DONT CLICK CONTINUE.


Now mount SUU ISO, Just un-map bootable ISO. Click Add Image, Browse location of SuuImage.ISO. Click Map.  


When you un-map, you will be prompted with this warning. Click yes.


Now Click Continue


you will see the following warning, Click Ok


re-map SUU iso and Click Continue again. System Inventory will be completed at this stage.


Click Enable System Set Update, Click System Build and Update utility Home, Wait for while. It takes few minutes.


Click Apply/Export Configuration


Click Apply/Export


At this stage you will see 5% completed.


few minutes later you will lose contact with virtual console


System will reboot and come back alive.


Step6: Test System.

  • RDP to the server if it’s a windows server.
  • Check TCP/IP configuration
  • Check Device Manager
  • Check Disk Management
  • For ESXi, Click Configuration, Click Networking, Licenses, DNS, etc

About Raihan Al-Beruni

My Name is Raihan Al-Beruni. I am working as an Infrastructure Architect in Data Center Technologies in Perth, Western Australia. I have been working on Microsoft technologies for more than 15 years. Other than Microsoft technologies I also work on Citrix validated solution and VMware data center virtualization technologies. I have a Masters degree in E-Commerce. I am certified in Microsoft, VMware, ITIL and EMC. My core focus is on cloud technologies. In my blog I share my knowledge and experience to enrich information technology community as a whole. I hope my contribution through this blog will help someone who wants more information on data center technologies.
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