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.

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

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On the Welcome Page, Sync Repository.

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Step3: Create Repository

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

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

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

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On the OS Selection page, Click Next

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

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

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

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Click Next. Click Finish.

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Step4: Export Repository to ISO

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

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Select Export to SUU, Select Export SUU to ISO

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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. 

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

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Step5: Upgrade Firmware

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

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From Console/Media, Lunch virtual console

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

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Add bootable dell utility, you have downloaded at step1.

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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.

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

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

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

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Now Click Continue

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you will see the following warning, Click Ok

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

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

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Click Apply/Export Configuration

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Click Apply/Export

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At this stage you will see 5% completed.

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few minutes later you will lose contact with virtual console

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System will reboot and come back alive.

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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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