[Linux-PowerEdge] firmware updates on Debian installs

Thomas Mieslinger miesi at pc-h.de
Tue Jul 16 02:09:52 CDT 2013

I work in a more or less debian only shop, too. But for firmware 
upgrades I'm now moving to a CentOS 6 live netboot image with installed 
dell open manage. I boot the live image from network, run the yum 
install $(bootstrap_firmware) and update_firmware --yes and I'm done.

Of course, I can easily use racadm and syscfg in that image too, to 
setup the various components of the dell Servers.

The live cd creator can be found in the epel repository.

Regards Thomas

On 07/16/2013 08:16 AM, Geoff Crompton wrote:
> We're running Debian on lots of our Dell servers, and I'm not certain of
> a good way to do bios and firmware updates on them. What do other people do?
> One way I thought to do this was to boot into freedos, and use the dos
> executables that are often downloadable from support.dell.com. But I
> don't know how to prepare freedos such that I can access these files
> (given that they won't fit on a freedos disk).
> Cheers,
> Geoff
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