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Hello!

Can I update a Dell server BIOS by running the .exe BIOS update file from within a Windows Server VM running on ESXi 6.5?

The hypervisor here is just ESXi without a vCenter Server.

What would be a more efficient way of performing this BIOS update?

Thanks!


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Luc23

Thai Pepper

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Do you have an iDRAC installed and configured on the server? That's the easiest way. Besides that you are either using the Lifecycle controller or creating bootable media.

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Luc23

Thai Pepper

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Best Answer

Do you have an iDRAC installed and configured on the server? That's the easiest way. Besides that you are either using the Lifecycle controller or creating bootable media.

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Specter01101

Datil

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Luc23 wrote:

Do you have an iDRAC installed and configured on the server? That's the easiest way. Besides that you are either using the Lifecycle controller or creating bootable media.

Same, short answer is no, they hypervisor (ESXi) does not expose the underlying hardware in that way.  You should either use LifeCycle, or the Dell SUU.

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George1421

Mace

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My comment would be the same LifeCycle controller, SUU DVD, OR a usb drive with DOS (freedos) and the dos version of the bios. The hardware does need to be in bios/legacy mode for this last route to work.

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olydrh

Thai Pepper

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As others have said - Lifecycle via the iDRAC or SUU created media download from dell support site.  Every Dell server should have an iDRAC and every Dell server admin should know now to use it.  I'm not an HP server guy, but if we were switching, the first thing I'd do is learn iLO inside and out as I'd want all HP servers to have iLO.

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adrian_ych

Mace

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The short answer is no....cannot update Dell Server BIOS directly from a VM.

You need to use the iDRAC if you do not have console access

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Josh (Dell)

Serrano

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Hi,

What model server are you using? As the others have said the Lifecycle controller is probably the easiest way. Other options include the Dell repository manager http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/04/drivers/driversdetails?driverid=2gy7p or Openmanage Essentials http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/systems-management/w/wiki/1989.openmanage-essentials/


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