I have a Dell PowerEdge 1950 with a DRAC that I can ssh into but cannot http to. As I understand it, if the logs fill up all space, the only way to recover is to load the latest DRAC firmware. Not only can I not find the firmware, I can't find any instructions on how to update it without the web gui.

Can anyone tell me how to update an old DRAC's firmware without the GUI? I do have physical access and I am running Centos 7. I could install Windows if necessary but would rather not.

$ racadm getsysinfo

RAC Information:
RAC Date/Time           = Sat Feb 25 02:20:52 2017
Firmware Version        = 1.45
Firmware Build          = 09.01.16
Last Firmware Update    = NA
Hardware Version        = A04
Current IP Address      =
Current IP Gateway      =
Current IP Netmask      =
DHCP Enabled            = 0
MAC Address             = 00:26:b9:2f:cf:02
Current DNS Server 1    =
Current DNS Server 2    =
DNS Servers from DHCP   = 0
Register DNS RAC Name   = 0
DNS RAC Name            = rac-7CLWBG1
Current DNS Domain      = 

System Information:
System Model            = PowerEdge 1950
System Revision         = [N/A]
System BIOS Version     = 2.2.6
BMC Firmware Version    = 2.05
Service Tag             = xxxxxxxx
Host Name               = 
OS Name                 = 
Power Status            = ON

Watchdog Information:
Recovery Action         = None
Present countdown value = 15 seconds
Initial countdown value = 15 seconds
  • That's pretty ancient hardware
    – jordanm
    Feb 25, 2017 at 5:50
  • Yes it is old. LOL Feb 25, 2017 at 15:03

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Update here.

You must run the installation from with the installed CentOS system.

On newer hardware, you can install and use DSU which automates FW updates, however the 1950 is not supported so it will probably fail.

  • I tried it under Centos 7 and got the following error: Collecting inventory... /tmp/a.BIN-23222-2286/spsetup.sh: ./biosie.bin: /lib/ld-linux.so.2: bad ELF interpreter: No such file or directory Inventory collection failed. I then tried it with Centos 5.6 and got :[root@livecd sdb1]# ./Systems-Management_Firmware_D8GP9_LN32_1.65_A00.BIN Collecting inventory... ......./svm.sh: ./racsvm: /lib/ld-linux.so.2: bad ELF interpreter: No such file or directory . Inventory collection failed. Feb 25, 2017 at 15:01
  • This error message is usually related to absent 32bit-application compatibility layer on a 64bits system. see stackoverflow.com/questions/8328250/…
    – sfk
    Feb 25, 2017 at 15:24
  • I got it to run with: yum install glibc.i686 compat-libstdc++-33.i686 . Now it's complaining: The DRAC update requires that virtual flash should not be in use or formated to perform the update. I did racadm racreset and racadm config -g cfgRacVirtual -o cfgVirMediaKeyEnable 0 same error. I also physically pulled the card and waited 10 min to insure a power off reset. Still same error. Feb 25, 2017 at 16:04
  • I started this because web access was not working. Somewhere along the way it started working so I unzipped the .exe version of the update and used the browser to upload the update in the payload folder and it worked. Wow. Dell did not make this easy... Thanks for your help! Feb 25, 2017 at 16:33

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