Part of many systems admins jobs is to update firmware and drivers on the servers. This is needed to keep systems stable and avoid nasty crashes and OS incompatibilities.
The best time is when you build the system and also when you can get the time when you can take the system offline to give it much needed patches.
Dell provides a downloadable DVD ISO for their Server Update Utility (SUU), which runs on Windows and Linux systems. It can be downloaded from support.dell.com and search for drivers. After you enter your server’s Service Tag, you will have a list of available downloads. Expand the + Systems Management tree, and click Download Now for the Dell DVD ISO – Dell Server Updates.
There is an issue with RedHat 64 bit systems fail to run SUU when it is collecting inventory to determine what to update. This is due to the fact that SUU requires compat-libstdc++-33.i686 which is not installed by default. To fix the issue just install the following packages.
yum -y install glibc.i686 compat-libstdc++-33.i686 libstdc++.i686 zlib.i686 libxml2.i686 libXp.i686 libXtst.i686 ncurses-libs pam.i686 procmail
From this point the tool is simple. Insert and mount the DVD with the updates and SUU.
mount /dev/dvd /mnt
Change to the directory and use the -c parameter to see what updates are applicable.
Now use -u to install the updates. This will take time so you can move on to other items like browsing the Internet for cool blogs like this one!!!.
Once the updates have finished un-mount your DVD and reboot.
Dell offers other products to manage and automate updates and alerts with IT Assistant which I will cover in future posts!