#StackBounty: #vmware-esxi #dell-poweredge #firmware Dell R510 can't access Lifecycle controller

Bounty: 50

NB: I’ve checked How to upgrade iDRAC firmware and BIOS of Dell PowerEdge R510? — they are much further along in that they have LifeCycle controller working and just had an issue with the filetype.

I’m having a tough time trying to update BIOS firmware and other ancient drivers/software on my Dell PowerEdge R510. It seems like the most straightforward way to do it would be to use the LifeCycle controller, point it to ftp.dell.com and handle it from there. Problem is, I don’t seem to have LCC installed (even though on SUU it says it is installed). When I boot into system services via F10, I am launched into UEFI Unified Server Configurator. In there, my only options are Home, OS Deployment, Hardware Diagnostics, USC settings (set ip address), and About. The OS deployment is the only options that says anything about Drivers, but when I try to load up from ftp.dell.com, I hit next, and it just refreshes back to the same page with no further progress. If I opt to save locally, I always get an error that USB is too small (even with empty 16GB drive).

Unified Server configurator doesn't have platform options or LifeCycle Controller

Failing at ftp.dell.com

So I downloaded and install Dell Repository Manager thinking I might be able to use that with SUU; but after installing, I don’t have an option to add bundles/create repos for R510 (it jumps from R440 to R520). Even so, I tried adding my own BIOS exe bundles, and always get the error 0 of n DUP's installed).
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The server is running esxi 5.1 (yes it’s old, this is why I’m trying to update firmware so I can update OS). I also tried scp’ing the LifeCycle controller BIN to the host and running there, but was met with:

 /tmp # ./Lifecycle-Controller_Legacy_Application_0WFGM_LN_1.7.5.4_A00.BIN
Dell Update Package 14.11.201 (BLD_248)press RETURN)
Copyright (c) 2015 Dell, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Release Title:
Dell LifeCycle Controller v1.7.5, 1.7.5.4, A00

Release Date:
April 24, 2015

Default Log File Name:
0WFGMA00

Reboot Required:
No

Supported System(s):
Equallogic DX6012S
Equallogic DX6000
Equallogic DX6004S
Equallogic DX6000G
Equallogic FS7500
PowerVault DL2100
PowerVault NX3500
PowerVault DL2200
PowerVault NX300'less', press 'q' to continue DUP exec; lines 1-23/104 11%
PowerVault NX3100less', press 'q' to continue DUP exec; lines 2-24/104 11%
Collecting inventory.................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
Inventory Failure: Unified Server Configurator Failure - Detach USC failure - Detaching a partition has failed

It also seems to say in various places that iDrac is running, but I can’t access it from any web browser or shell. I ran nmap on the ip address and it never finds any services listening (this is the ip address set in BMIC).

Any ideas on what I might be doing wrong? Or is there an easier way to go about updating this firmware? Since it’s running ESXI, can I just scp over BIN files and run those?


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