CentOS Live DVD for firmware updates (Praveen_Paladugu at Dell.com)

Dennis Wallberg dennis at nordu.net
Thu Sep 15 09:54:30 CDT 2011


On 08/20/2011 06:19 AM, PJ Welsh wrote:
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> On Fri, Aug 19, 2011 at 8:05 AM, PJ Welsh <pjwelsh at gmail.com
> <mailto:pjwelsh at gmail.com>> wrote:
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>         Message: 1
>         Date: Wed, 17 Aug 2011 12:32:39 -0500
>         From: <Praveen_Paladugu at Dell.com>
>         Subject: CentOS Live DVD for firmware updates
>         To: <linux-poweredge at lists.us.dell.com
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>         All,
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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:
>         http://en.community.dell.com/dell-blogs/enterprise/b/tech-center/archive/2011/08/17/centos-based-livedvd-to-update-firmware-on-dell-servers.aspx
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>         Check it out.
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>         Thank you
>         Praveen K Paladugu
>         Dell Linux Engineering
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>
>     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
>     failures:
>     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).
>     Failures:
>     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.
>
>     Thanks
>
>     PJ
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>
> 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
> <http://pjwelsh..com/2011/02/failed-bios-update-on-r710-with-centos.html>. 
> 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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Best regards

Dennis Wallberg


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