Dell PowerEdge 1950: udev hanging on boot on recent CentOS 5 kernels

Nils Breunese (Lemonbit) nils at lemonbit.com
Mon Mar 5 08:14:10 CST 2012


Nils Breunese wrote:

> After adding the OMSA and community repositories to yum I installed the firmware-tools package and 'yum install $(bootstrap_firmware)' downloaded the following updates:
> 
> * PERC_5_i_Integrated_ven_0x1028_dev_0x0015_subven_0x1028_subdev_0x1f03-a09-1.noarch.rpm
> * BCM5708_Copper_LOM_ven_0x14e4_dev_0x164c-a07-1.noarch.rpm
> 
> Now I believe I need to run the 'update_firmware' command to actually apply these updates, but what does this command do exactly? Is this safe to do on a running production server? Does the server need to be restarted for these updates?

One more thing: I also ran 'update_firmware --inventory' and the output only mentions there is an update for the PERC 5/i, but doesn't mention the Broadcom update, although 'yum install $(bootstrap_firmware)' did download an update for that. Is this expected?

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# update_firmware --inventory

Running system inventory...

Searching storage directory for available BIOS updates...
Checking BIOS - 1.2.0
	Did not find a newer package to install that meets all installation checks.
Checking SAS/SATA Backplane 0:0 Backplane Firmware - 1.00
	Did not find a newer package to install that meets all installation checks.
Checking System BIOS for PowerEdge 1950 - 1.2.0
	Did not find a newer package to install that meets all installation checks.
Checking PERC 5/i Integrated Controller 0 Firmware - 5.0.2-0003
	Available: pci_firmware(ven_0x1028_dev_0x0015_subven_0x1028_subdev_0x1f03) - 5.2.2-0072
	Found Update: pci_firmware(ven_0x1028_dev_0x0015_subven_0x1028_subdev_0x1f03) - 5.2.2-0072
Checking ATLAS10K5_073SAS Firmware - bp00
	Did not find a newer package to install that meets all installation checks.

Found firmware which needs to be updated.


Please run the program with the '--yes' switch to enable BIOS update.
   UPDATE NOT COMPLETED!
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Thanks,

Nils.


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