Checking servers for firmware/driver updates etc
sdowdy at ucar.edu
Sun Feb 28 01:08:40 CST 2010
Matt Domsch wrote, On 02/27/2010 06:48 PM:
> For PowerEdge, you could parse the XML Catalog, which is what
> Repository Manager, DMC, and other 3rd party commercial update tools
Thanks! I didn't know that was quickly accessible. There does appear
to be some historical unmaintained cruft there
(e.g. Catalog.xml.tar.gz), but if that file is reliable (and i presume
from your description of it being used by the above tools that it won't
disappear anytime soon), then that's is DEFINITELY good news ;).
Yeah, it doesn't help me with the hundreds of desktop (Precision WS) &
laptop (Latitude) systems i also manage, but this is definitely useful.
> This does not include history, but it does include the current release
> block's set of files. This file is updated as part of the "block
> release process", when a whole set of tested updates are published at
> The next obvious question is - where can I find the schema for this
> XML? I believe this is available as part of Dell's PartnerDirect
> program: http://dell.com/partnerdirect/. You may be able to tease the
> bits you want out of the XML directly without having the full schema
Yeah, it definitely (at this point) looks pretty easily parsable
(sans the UTF16 stuff, which is easily coped with).
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