How To Use Dell Server Update Utility?

The Dell Server Update Utility ISO (SUU) is a local 1-to-1 utility for updating PowerEdge servers’ BIOS, firmware, drivers, and applications.

The Server Update Utility lets you compare the server’s current version to the media’s version and determine which components to upgrade or downgrade. The SUU can be started directly from the operating system or via the LifeCycle Controller update platform from outside the operating system (F11 during startup).

What is the purpose of the Dell server Update utility?

Dell Server Update is a one-to-one program that updates the BIOS, firmware, and drivers. SUU lets you compare the current version of the system’s components to the version on the media, and then upgrade or downgrade the system’s components.

What is the procedure for updating the firmware on my Dell server?

Ensure that you have downloaded the firmware image to a location on your local PC before updating the firmware using the single component update method. There should be no blank spaces in the file name for the single component Dell Update Package (DUP).

  • Go to the iDRAC9 online interface and log in.
  • To update your system, go to Maintenance > System Update. The page Manual Update appears.
  • Select Local as the Location Type on the Manual Update tab.
  • Click Browse, pick the appropriate component’s firmware image file, and then click Upload.
  • After the upload is finished, the Update Details section shows the status of each firmware file that was submitted to iDRAC. The Contents column displays a (+) icon next to the firmware image file name if the firmware image file is legitimate and was successfully uploaded. Expand the name to see the Device Name, Current Firmware Version, and Available Firmware Version.
  • Select the necessary firmware file and perform one of the following actions:
  • Install firmware images that don’t necessitate a host system reboot. Consider the iDRAC firmware file.
  • Install and Reboot or Install Next Reboot are the options for firmware images that need a host system reboot.
  • Click Cancel to stop the firmware upgrade.

The notice Updating Job Queue appears when you select Install, Install and Reboot, or Install Next Reboot.

  • Click Job Queue to go to the Job Queue page. View and manage your pending firmware upgrades on this page. To see the status of the firmware update, click OK to reload the current page.

What is iDRAC’s purpose?

The iDRAC is a piece of hardware that sits on the server motherboard and allows System Administrators to upgrade and administer Dell servers even when they are switched off. Administrators can also execute remote management operations using the iDRAC’s web interface and command line interface.

Should I upgrade the firmware on my Dell computer?

Because of both practical and system compatibility issues, the firmware is usually installed in this order. The most significant changes are shown in bold:

  • Firmware for Power Supplies
  • Firmware for Hard Disk Drives
  • Firmware for the LifeCycle Controller
  • Firmware/Drivers for Chipsets

If you have a problem and a critical update is available, the first thing you should do is install it.

Updates that are recommended can help with some of the issues that have been reported, as well as enhance stability. Dell suggests that you do so during your next scheduled maintenance window.

Optional updates are smaller and may include new features or minor changes. These modifications are, as the name implies, optional.

See the driver description and/or release notes on our support site for a description of what the upgrades fix.

How do I upgrade the BIOS on my server?

Note A Licenses folder and many files, including startup.nsh, are part of the expected content. If it goes to a single folder after unzipping, you’ll need to access it to see the essential content.

  • Start the server in EFI Shell mode. During POST, you can use the BIOS setup program to reach the EFI Shell, or you can just touch the F6 key repeatedly.
  • The update should start automatically once you’re in the EFI Shell, because the contents reside on the root of the USB flash drive. When prompted, simply press any key.
  • If the updating procedure does not begin automatically, follow these steps:

What does a Dell system update entail?

Dell System Update: An Overview DSU is a piece of software that makes it easier to install updates on Dell devices. You can use DSU to find available updates, choose the ones that are relevant, and deploy them across numerous systems.

How can I use USB to update my Lifecycle Controller?

To upgrade the firmware via the Lifecycle Controller, follow these steps:

Click Next after selecting one of the following update repositories: Network Share (CIFS, NFS, or HTTP), FTP Server, or Local Drive (CD, DVD, or USB). The page Enter Access Details appears.