How To: Upgrade Firmware on Generation 11 and Up Servers Using the Lifecycle Controller

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Listed below are some simple steps to follow in order to upgrade the firmware on servers that are classified as generation 11 and up. This method of upgrading uses the lifecycle controller.

  1. Boot the server and press F10 during post. You will notice it will reference "entering system services" or "lifecycle controller," this will depend on the model of the server.
  2. Once it has booted into the lifecycle controller you will see, on the left hand column, a "firmware update" or a "platform update," depending on what generation server you're on. Click this option and it will give you several links within the right side of the screen. Then click "Launch firmware update" as the top option.
  3. Once there, you will have three options to select, "FTP server" being the top option, select this option.
  4. If you have never configured a NIC within the lifecycle controller it will give you a message saying "Network is not configured" and ask if you would like to configure it now. Accept to go into the NIC configuration.
  5. Once in there, it will give you a list of available NIC ports to configure. Select one that has a cable plugged into it and it will give you an option of "static" or "DHCP" configuration. Select whichever will be applicable for your network. Once selected, click "finish" on the bottom right corner.
  6. Once you have the NIC port set up and it successfully configures, it will send you back to the initial selection of "FTP server", Local Drive, and Network Share. Select "FTP Server" again.
  7. Now that the NIC is configured it should send you to a page with several fields. The top field should be filled in already with "ftp.dell.com." You may leave the rest of the options blank. Now, click "next" on the bottom right corner.
  8. It will now start connecting to the FTP server and will likely take several minutes to go through and detect all of the potential updates for the system.
  9. After it has found all the potential updates it will bring you to a list where you may select which devices to update. Once you've selected your devices and clicked "accept" it will start downloading all of the updates that were selected and automatically run the updates. The system will likely reboot several times during the update process. The number of reboots will depend on how many updates are selected.
  10. You will know it's complete when it sends you back into the lifecycle controller a final time and does not go back into the "firmware" updater window.

This finalizes the steps to take in order to upgrade the firmware on your generation 11 and up server. We hope these steps were easy to follow and guided you to success on your firmware upgrade. Thank you for visiting our blog and this How To!