update_firmware kickstart problem

Ali Tayarani ali at broadinstitute.org
Thu Apr 29 15:44:16 CDT 2010

Hi Alex,

It didn't seem to fare any better after the changes you suggested.  I
did notice that the BIOS update reports that it failed to install
during boot, in a message shown for a split second before the Dell
logo appears.

The iDRAC update reports something along the lines of the component
status unknown.


On Thu, Apr 29, 2010 at 10:23, Alexander Dupuy <alex.dupuy at mac.com> wrote:
> Ali Tayarani writes:
>> When I run update_firmware in a kickstart postscript, the updates claim to
>> install, but after reboot the firmware hasn't changed. Yet, when I run the
>> same commands from the CLI after first boot, the firmware updates and
>> stays
>> updated.
> We install a number of firmware updates (using DUPs) from kickstart post
> script (RHEL 5), but for them to work (notably the BMC and iDRAC6 firmware
> updates), I have found that we need to do the following:
> * run the DUPs in the chrooted installation
>   if your post script is --nochroot you need to explicitly chroot
> /mnt/sysimage
> * start up certain drivers, notably IPMI - you also need to make sure that
> the Dell RPMs are installed too (we use the ones from the DTK, but you would
> probably be fine with the OMSA versions as well).
>     # iDRAC firmware load needs access to iDRAC virtual USB device as
> /dev/sdX
>     /sbin/start_udev
>     # many syscfg options require /dev/ipmi0 - BMC/iDRAC DUPs do too
>     /etc/init.d/ipmi start
>     /etc/init.d/instsvcdrv start
> * wait for PERC RAID background initialization to complete before applying
> drive firmware updates
> I hope that you find this helpful, and that you can apply it to the
> update_firmware RPM-based approach.
> @alex
> --
> mailto:alex.dupuy at mac.com

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