12G BIOS updates with smbios?

Robert Kennedy robertk at rgmadvisors.com
Mon Apr 9 09:29:44 CDT 2012


12G servers don't seem to respond well to the old smbios-based method
of updating. This is with OMSA 7.0.0 (dell_rbu is loaded) and
smbios-utils-bin 2.2.27-4.3.3.el5. It looks like it can't twiddle the
bit that tells the platform to actually perform the update at the next
boot.

Has smbios just aged out?

# dellBiosUpdate-compat -u -f R720-010102C.hdr
Supported RBU type for this system: (MONOLITHIC)
Using RBU v2 driver. Initializing Driver.
Setting RBU type in v2 driver to: MONOLITHIC
Prep driver for data load.
Writing RBU data (4096bytes/dot):
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Notify driver data is finished.
Activate CMOS bit to notify BIOS that update is ready on next boot.

An Error occurred. The Error message is:
    tried to dereference non-existent token

Problem updating BIOS. Common problems are:

    -- Insufficient permissions to perform operation.
       Try running as a more privileged account.
          Linux  : run as 'root' user
          Windows: run as 'administrator' user

    -- dell_rbu device driver not loaded.
       Try loading the dell_rbu driver
          Linux  : modprobe dell_rbu
          Windows: dell_rbu driver not yet available.


Cheers,
Robert K.

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