Dell System Update
Installing Dell System Update CentOS for Firmware Updates.
# Get the Dell Repo. $ wget -q -O - http://linux.dell.com/repo/hardware/dsu/bootstrap.cgi | bash # Install Dell System Update $ yum install dell-system-update # Apply Firmware updates. $ dsu --apply-upgrades
I first had to install the Lifecycle controller update, reboot, then rerun to install any other updates, i.e. BIOS, Disk. Unsure if that is a requirement of a quirk on my systems.
To install Dell OMSA on CentOS for system management.
# If not done already, as above add the Dell Repo $ wget -q -O - http://linux.dell.com/repo/hardware/dsu/bootstrap.cgi | bash # Exlude shim and mokutil updates due to bug causing boot failure # after update on my hardware (Dell PowerEdge 710) $ echo 'exclude=shim*,mokutil*' >> /etc/yum.conf # Use `--skip-broken` as excluding shim, and mokutil breaks some dependencies. $ yum update --skip-broken # Install OMSA $ sudo yum install srvadmin-all $ /etc/init.d/dataeng start $ /etc/init.d/dsm_om_connsvc start
You should now be able to browse to OMSA on https://x.x.x.x:1311 where
x.x.x.x is the IP address of your server.
Dell iDrac6 Console Work Around
Getting the iDrac 6 console running on modern Java versions is a nightmare. Fortunately, there is a workaround. I didn't develop it, credit for that belongs to the person behind the GitHub page listed below. Putting it here for my reference. Big thanks for those that contributed to that page.
- Download JRE1.7 from Oracle (requires login to access archive)
- Create a folder structure as follows:
~/idrac/lib- Used for library files downloaded in the following steps.
~/idrac/jre- Extracted JRE1.7 here.
.jnlpfile from iDrac (The
Launch Virtual Consolebutton should do this).
- Open the file in text editor.
- Find the url to the main jar file
avctKVM.jarand download to
- Find the libraries for your OS and download to
- Create script
#!/bin/bash echo -n 'Host: ' read drachost echo -n 'Username: ' read dracuser echo -n 'Password: ' read -s dracpwd echo ./jre/bin/java -cp avctKVM.jar -Djava.library.path=./lib com.avocent.idrac.kvm.Main ip=$drachost kmport=5900 vport=5900 user=$dracuser passwd=$dracpwd apcp=1 version=2 vmprivilege=true "helpurl=https://$drachost:443/help/contents.html"
or for Windows users, the PowerShell script
@echo off set /P drachost="Host: " set /p dracuser="Username: " set "psCommand=powershell -Command "$pword = read-host 'Enter Password' -AsSecureString ; ^ $BSTR=[System.Runtime.InteropServices.Marshal]::SecureStringToBSTR($pword); ^ [System.Runtime.InteropServices.Marshal]::PtrToStringAuto($BSTR)"" for /f "usebackq delims=" %%p in (`%psCommand%`) do set dracpwd=%%p .\jre\bin\java -cp avctKVM.jar -Djava.library.path=.\lib com.avocent.idrac.kvm.Main ip=%drachost% kmport=5900 vport=5900 user=%dracuser% passwd=%dracpwd% apcp=1 version=2 vmprivilege=true "helpurl=https://%drachost%:443/help/contents.html"
- Run the script and provide host and credentials as required.
Note: Virtual media does not appear to work using this. Possibly require the relevant libraries to be downloaded, but I haven't investigated as using a local USB drive.
Process expanded from procedure found here