Update Dell firmware on ESXi server with Dell Unified Server Configurator

Background:

The below article explains how to upgrade Dell firmware on an ESXi server using the Dell Unified Server Configurator. Due to the lack of a service console in ESXi this is somewhat trickier than ESX. There are 4 methods that I know of:-

  1. USB floppy – this is the easiest and doesn’t require a lot of instruction. Go to the Dell Website, download the floppy version of the update and create a bootable floppy disk. Boot off the floppy and upgrade the server.
  2. Bootable USB or CDROM – this is fairly complicated and not discussed further.
  3. Use the Dell System Build and Update CD. This requires you to generate an update repository – too complicated for my liking
  4. Use the Dell Unified Server Configurator (USC) – this is a feature of new Dell Servers and is the focus of this article. Just to reiterate you will only find this option on new Dell servers.

Prerequisites:

  • The server must be on a network with DHCP enabled. If not you will need to manually enter the IP information.
  • There must be FTP access from the server to the Dell website – i.e. make sure your firewall isn’t blocking this.
  • I would recommend logging onto Dell.com on another PC to check the latest versions of firmware for your product.

Instructions:

  • Whilst booting up the server press F10 to enter the “System Services” menu. The USC should load.
  • Once the USC starts you will need to specify the IP info (i.e. DHCP) and the network card to use.
  • From the “platform update” option you can see the current firmware versions.
Dell uniform system configurator
platform update

  • Assuming you want to apply a firmware update (i.e. if there are newer versions available on Dell.com) select “launch platform update”.
  • Select “FTP server” as shown below

  • Enter the FTP server as ftp.dell.com and click next
  • Wait a few minutes whilst the update repository is checked

  • Once the updates have been found simply select the updates you want to install and click apply.

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