CentOS Live DVD for firmware updates (Praveen_Paladugu at Dell.com)
dennis at nordu.net
Thu Sep 15 09:54:30 CDT 2011
On 08/20/2011 06:19 AM, PJ Welsh wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 19, 2011 at 8:05 AM, PJ Welsh <pjwelsh at gmail.com
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> Date: Wed, 17 Aug 2011 12:32:39 -0500
> From: <Praveen_Paladugu at Dell.com>
> Subject: CentOS Live DVD for firmware updates
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> I just posted a CentOS based LiveDVD which will let the users
> update the firmware on all Dell Servers.
> The related details are available at:
> Check it out.
> Thank you
> Praveen K Paladugu
> Dell Linux Engineering
> Thank you very much for taking the time and effort to helping
> build options for the linux user! I plan to add this DVD to my
> arsenal of BIOS or firmware options.
> I would like to report a couple of minor issues and a couple of
> Minor issues:
> 1. /etc/inittab has "ss:" in twice
> 2. xterm start size of 499x654 was off of the screen for my R710
> and should likely be < 800x600 based on the default video
> capabilities of some of the servers.
> 3. /usr/bin/lockfile from the package procmail would be handy to
> include when using this DVD to *attempt* to flash older BIOS's
> versions that need it (like any pre 3.0.0 BIOS for my R710 see
> failure info below).
> 1. I can not for the life of me get the 1.3.6 BIOS updated via
> "inventory_firmware_gui", downloaded newest
> "PER710_BIOS_LX_3.0.0.BIN" (or any non 1.3.6 *.BIN BIOS),
> "dellBiosUpdate -f blah" update to happen on my R710 with this
> DVD. The gui fails outright with no real info returned. The
> PER710_BIOS_LX_3.0.0.BIN says it flashes but the reboot BIOS
> update fails with something like "failed to update". The
> dellBiosUpdate report just failed.
> 2. IDRAC6 1.30 -> 1.70 fails with "failed to access Virtual USB
> Device". The downloaded IDRAC6_FRMW_LX_R299265.BIN did the same
> thing when run from the DVD.
> All other components updated without issue including SAS firmware
> and NIC's.
> I think I found part of the issue for the iDRAC6 update issue on the
> R710. There is an extra line of "Tikanga" in the /etc/redhat-release
> file. At least the updates for the R710 seem to ONLY want an official
> RHEL line in the like noted from the past
> In fact, I could use the RHEL 5 redhat-release contents on an update
> attempt using CentOS 6.0.
> The BIOS update has still been an issue so far not matter what I try.
Did anyone ever found any solution to updating BIOS with this liveDVD?
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