Sunday, September 6, 2015

Upgrade Firmware (iDRAC and LifeCycle Manager) on Dell PowerEdge R910 Rack server running VMware ESXi

Upgrade Firmware (BIOS) on Dell PowerEdge R910 Rack server running VMware ESXi
Upgrade Firmware (iDRAC and LifeCycle Manager) on Dell PowerEdge R910 Rack server running VMware ESXi 



Earlier article I used bootable bios CD to upgrade firmware, here I will be upgrading iDRAC and lifecycle manager, I have shown how to download them from support.dell.com in my earlier article (BIOS upgrade). Files are kept at location.
C:\Dell_PowerEdge_R910_Firmwares\R910_iDRAC_ 1.97_firmimg.d6
C:\Dell_PowerEdge_R910_Firmwares\R910_Lifecycle_Manager_BDF_1.5.0_BIN-25_A00.usc


Once your esxi server is rebooted after upgrading bios, Next go to iDRAC Settings>update (on iDRAC). In the File path select C:\Dell_PowerEdge_R910_Firmwares\R910_iDRAC_ 1.97_firmimg.d6, upload the file.
It will take time on your network connection speed to iDRAC to upload file, so have a patience and sit back :) .
Once the file upload process completed it will show current version and new version, Press next to
proceed if everything is good.
Press ok to confirm update on the poped up winodw, and it will be showing process in %, also it might take around 15 to 20 mins.
Once the process completed wait for next 10-15 Mins, As iDrac is getting restarted and you loose the connection to iDRAC for some time. Close browser and open Drac console in new browser. (It will take around 10-15 mins to reboot iDRAC and show the page on browser)
Here step is completed for iDRAC. Next is Lifecycle controller upgrade
Use the same procedure used to update iDRAC firmware, provide file path in Firmware update C:\Dell_PowerEdge_R910_Firmwares\R910_Lifecycle_Manager_BDF_1.5.0_BIN-25_A00.usc, and proceed with update, nothing much fancy.


Next verify the before and after version.


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