Upgrading Dell firmware

By | October 23, 2013

One of the few maintenance tasks often neglected by system administrators, is that of upgrading server firmware. Whether that be BIOS, Network cards, RAID or any other firmware, these subsystems might never see an update during the life time of a server.

Luckily, Dell makes this very easy under Red Hat / Centos. Here are the steps:

wget -q -O – http://linux.dell.com/repo/hardware/latest/bootstrap.cgi | bash
yum -y install firmware-tools.noarch
yum -y install $(bootstrap_firmware)
update_firmware –yes
reboot

You might need to apply the last three steps a few times between reboots, as not all firmware is applied in the same go.
Also, you need to reboot your machine. No cold boot, shutdown, poweroff etc, just a nice warm reboot 🙂