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Dell Server Update Utility

Posted: 2009/05/01 11:52:29
by linuxfreak
I wanted to update the bios and firmware of a Dell 2850 system. The readme with the Dell Server Update DVD states that RHEL 4 and 5 are supported.
I downloaded Dell Server Updates OM_5.5.2_SUU_A00 from the Dell website but when i tried to run suu -u it bombs out, this is the message in the error log :
Checking if OpenIPMI driver ought to be installed or upgraded:
- System type check: System supports IPMI 1.0 or greater.
- OS Check: Operating system is not applicable.

It seems that SUU will really only work on a version from the upstream provider.

Is there any way of fooling the suu utility so i can still update the server? Taking the server down to do the upgrades from a windows server image is the option i want to pursue the least.

Thanks for any tips!

Re: Dell Server Update Utility

Posted: 2009/05/01 12:02:36
by pschaff
Do a forum search on "dell redhat-release" using the function at the top of the page and google
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dell redhat-release site:centos.org
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Does that help?

Re: Dell Server Update Utility

Posted: 2009/05/01 14:01:21
by pjwelsh
I thought they would have that fixed by now. IIRC, the issue was in the awk'ing of the /etc/redhat-release. The "suu" script was looking for a number in position 7. If that is still the case, temporarily modify the redhat-release file to add stuff to finally get a "4" in the 7th position...

Re: Dell Server Update Utility

Posted: 2009/05/01 21:43:26
by linuxfreak
Thanks! I'll give it a try. I have a box running the version from the upstream provider, the contents of that /etc/redhat-release is :
Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES release 4 (Nahant Update 7)

So there is no digit near the 7th position.

I just hope it doesn't look at the kernel version the box is running, that would be a more difficult nut to crack

The google search action i already tried and didn't provide a solution, just a lot of questions from people replacing the upstream provider distro with CentOS.

Thanks again, i will post the results

Re: Dell Server Update Utility

Posted: 2009/05/01 22:41:17
by AlanBartlett
I think this is what [b]PJ[/b] meant --

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(1) Red
(2) Hat
(3) Enterprise
(4) Linux
(5) ES
(6) release
(7) [b]4[/b]
(8) (Nahant
(9) Update
(10) 7)
[/code]
The seventh field on the line, not the seventh character. ;-)

Re: Dell Server Update Utility

Posted: 2009/05/02 07:31:54
by linuxfreak
IT WORKS!!

Yes, it looks like it should be the 7th field indeed.

After doing yum install compat-libstdc++-33.i386 and changing redhat-release to the string i posted earlier suu stopped complaining and everything got updated!!

I'm surprised the check was so simple / rudimentary (and disappointed that Dell doesn't include it standard, but perhaps this is because they rather sell the product from the upstream provider rather than supporting CentOS (which is understandable and normal when you are running a business).

Thanks again for the help from everybody that pointed me in the right direction :))

Re: Dell Server Update Utility

Posted: 2009/05/02 11:21:59
by AlanBartlett
[quote]IT WORKS!![/quote]
Great news. Thanks for reporting back. :-D