How to upgrade DRAC5 firmware. [TESTED]

Tested on DELL PowerEdge 1950 II with DRAC5 (Part Number is WW126).

Current FW version

You can see FW version in WebGUI: System > RAC Information:

• Name: DRAC 5
• Product Information: Dell Remote Access Controller 5
• Hardware Version: A00
• Firmware Version: 1.65 (12.08.16)

Or you can get it using SSH connection:

login as: root
root@10.0.0.249's password:

Dell Remote Access Controller 5 (DRAC 5)
Firmware Version 1.20 (Build 07.03.02)

$ racadm getsysinfo

RAC Information:
RAC Date/Time           = Fri Jan  9 23:52:09 2015
Firmware Version        = 1.20
Firmware Build          = 07.03.02
Last Firmware Update    = NA
Hardware Version        = A00
Current IP Address      = 10.0.0.249
Current IP Gateway      = 10.0.0.1
Current IP Netmask      = 255.255.255.0
DHCP Enabled            = 0
MAC Address             = 00:19:b9:cf:d8:9a
Current DNS Server 1    = 0.0.0.0
Current DNS Server 2    = 0.0.0.0
DNS Servers from DHCP   = 0
Register DNS RAC Name   = 0
DNS RAC Name            = rac-874P1D1
Current DNS Domain      =

System Information:
System Model            = PowerEdge 1950
System BIOS Version     = 1.3.7
BMC Firmware Version    = 1.33
Service Tag             = 874P1D1
Host Name               = localhost
OS Name                 = VMware ESXi 5.5.0 build-2068190
Power Status            = ON

Watchdog Information:
Recovery Action         = None
Present countdown value = 15 seconds
Initial countdown value = 15 seconds

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Procedure

Upgrade via WebGUI

• Download the latest FW version using Service Tag of your server: Dell.com > Support > Support by Product > Enter Service Tag (you can find ST numbers on the right of front panel as well as on back panel) > Drivers and Downloads > Category: System Management > Dell Remote Access Controller Firmware Update > View details > File Format: Hard-Drive > File Name: f_drac5v165_A00.exe.

• Unpack this file using 7-Zip to get firmimg.d5.

• Login to DRAC5 Web GUI > “Remote Access” > “Upgrade” tab > Firmware Image: Browse > Choose the file firmimg.d5 > Upload. Then you will see the following:

The DRAC 5 firmware is being updated. This process will take several minutes. When complete, log in again to use the DRAC 5 Web-based interface.
Navigating away from the firmware update progress page will cause the browser window to close. You may not be able to access the DRAC 5 Web-based interface until after the firmware update has completed.

• After few minutes you will be able to login again and check FW version - System > RAC Information:

— Firmware Version: 1.65 (12.08.16)

Upgrade via SSH using TFTP server

• Download the latest FW version using Service Tag of your server: Dell.com > Support > Support by Product > Enter Service Tag (you can find ST numbers on the right of front panel as well as on back panel) > Drivers and Downloads > Category: System Management > Dell Remote Access Controller Firmware Update > View details > File Format: Hard-Drive > File Name: f_drac5v165_A00.exe.

• Unpack this file using 7-Zip to get firmimg.d5.

• Copy this file to the root folder of your TFTP server.

• Login to DRAC5 via SSH.

login as: root
root@10.0.0.249's password:

Dell Remote Access Controller 5 (DRAC 5)
Firmware Version 1.20 (Build 07.03.02)

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• Initiate upgrade process:

$ racadm fwupdate -g -u -a TFTP_SERVER_IP_ADDRESS -d firmimg.d5
Firmware update completed successfully. The RAC is in the process of resetting. Please wait up to a minute for this to complete.

• When process is finished relogin via SSH to check FW version:

login as: root
root@10.0.0.249's password:

Dell Remote Access Controller 5 (DRAC 5)
Firmware Version 1.65 (Build 12.08.16)
Type "racadm help" to get racadm subcommands. Type "smclp" to invoke SMCLP interface.

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Conclusion

It’s quick and simple procedure and it’s required. BTW, Remote Console works perfect after upgrade with the FireFox v34.0.5.

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