Remote upgrade of firmware, BIOS, etc.
lniles at Narus.com
Mon Dec 9 10:42:00 CST 2002
Is there any way to remotely upgrade the BIOS and/or firmware on
a PE6450 running linux, without a DRAC card? (For that matter,
can it be done with a DRAC card?) These boxes are running RH7.2
and OMSA v3.0.
As far as I can tell from the documentation and from talking to
Dell support, the answer is no. But maybe there's some way to
put the necessary boot image on the utility partition and do some
magic to arrange for a one-time boot. If anyone has either done
this, or knows that it can't be done, it would save me some time.
BTW, this lack of support for remote BIOS/firmware upgrades is
a serious hole in the linux support, particularly since about the
first recommendation upon encountering any serious software problem
is to upgrade kernel, firmware, and BIOS. It makes it very hard to
maintain these servers in a lights-out environment.
-les lniles at narus.com
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