[Linux-PowerEdge] Is the concept of the Lifecycle Controller just being abandoned by Dell?

Cameron Smith cameron at networkredux.com
Thu Aug 3 16:32:46 CDT 2017

We use the stand alone OME that only runs on Windows. I WISH Dell would
develop a version to run on Linux!!


On Thu, Aug 3, 2017 at 1:59 PM, Rene Shuster <rene.shuster at bcsemail.org>

> Is that OME for whatever Linux distro you use or do you use the OME
> vCenter plugin?
> On Wed, Jul 5, 2017 at 2:11 AM, Cameron Smith <cameron at networkredux.com>
> wrote:
>> IMHO The Lifecycle Controller works great and I manually upload firmware
>> upgrades to it's job queue all the time. It is also what handles updates
>> sent from OME which I also use.
>> ftp.dell.com on the other hand is a joke.
>> It needs to be rearchitected to handle the bandwidth to deliver files
>> quickly at modern (not dial-up modem) speeds all the time.
>> DSU is iffy and has it's own problems :)
>> Cameron
>> On Mon, Jul 3, 2017 at 3:11 PM, Shane Forsythe <sforsyt at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> This is not specific to Linux, I'm frustratingly still at the point
>>> where trying to apply updates before can goto install linux.....
>>> For awhile now there have been numerous posts about how absolutely
>>> horrid trying to do firmware updates via the Lifecycle Controller via
>>> ftp.dell.com has become.  The bandwidth or hardware devoted to
>>> ftp.dell.com does not remotely seem up to the task, when the site is
>>> actually up and you can connect, it seems to take many hours for it to
>>> actually download the catalog.
>>> Numerous times on Dell Support forums it be suggested to download a
>>> bootable ISO that will do all the updates.   I literally just spoke with
>>> support as I was having trouble even reaching ftp.dell.com , and that
>>> was the verbatim answer they gave me.
>>> Is that the preferred suggested course of action to upgrade Dell
>>> hardware currently?
>>> Once a month manually download an iso for each unique piece of hardware
>>> you are running?
>>> I was forced to download the one for my new unboxed R730xd , and am
>>> astonished how bad it is.
>>> There are 111 potential updates.  There is no central logic, or
>>> inventory collection.
>>> Each and every updated package is executed sequentially.
>>> Each and every update package , separately does "Collecting Inventory" (
>>> which takes a non trivial amount of time  ).  If that specific update
>>> doesn't apply to your hardware, you get  "This Update package is not
>>> compatible with your system configuration"
>>> Even the most basic engineering effort could be made to simplify and
>>> streamline this process, this is most bare bones out of the box possible
>>> solution that could have been devised.
>>> The Lifecycle controller was sold as an innovative intelligent solution
>>> by Dell to completely automate the process, each step applied in the Dell
>>> approved order ... The initial marketing spiel used to sell it (the
>>> Lifecycle contoller)  used the old out dated modes of manually download  as
>>> an example of what an improvement this would be!
>>> Has the Lifecycle controller method of updating via ftp just fallen out
>>> of favor?
>>> Is the current vision/plan to just push out the bare bones ISO ?
>>> Will there be improvements to the infrastructure that back ftp.dell.com?
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