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Updating the Dell PERC H200 firmware

My brand new Dell R300 servers contain a PERC H200 SAS/SATA controller that has pretty bad firmware. Luckily, Dell released better firmware, but you'll need to update it yourself.

  • Install and boot RedHat 5.6 or CentOS 5.6
  • Download the file RAID_FRMW_LX_R294620.BIN from the Dell support site
  • run yum install compat-libstdc++-33 to install libstdc++ compatibility functions required for the RAID_FRMW_LX_R294620.BIN file.
  • also run yum install libxml2 to install required xml libs
  • make RAID_FRMW_LX_R294620.BIN executable chmod +x RAID*
  • and run it: ./RAID_FRMW_LX_R294620.BIN

Ubuntu/Debian

I'm running RedHat-based software on all of my machines. Above information may be useful for Ubuntu/Debian users, but it's not tested and I'm not supporting it.

Servers: RedHat Enterprise Linux/CentOS is more suitable for servers, as there's a lot of professional level support available. I think that's important, because if I say, get a car accident, I want the servers to be managable by another professional.

Desktops/Laptops: RPM packages are pretty exchangable between RedHat-based platforms. That's a good reason to run Fedora on the desktop.
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Find the Dell Service Tag Remotely

Windows with VNC/RDP

If you can login to the computer over VNC or RDP, you can use wmic to find the service tag:
start > run > cmd
On the command line, enter:
wmic bios get serialnumber

Windows without VNC/RDP

If you cannot login to the computer over VNC or RDP, you can still use wmic to find the service tag:
start > run > cmd
On the command line, enter:
wmic /node:computer-name-here bios get serialnumber
You may need to use /user:yourusername and /password:yourpassword to get access to the remote computer. Running wmic /? gives a pretty good manual on what wmic can do.

Other uses of wmic

wmic is a very useful tool for a lot of stuff. For instance wmic csproduct can tell you exactly what model the computer is and wmic nic list shows useful information about your network.

Linux

Under Linux, you can run dmidecode -s system-serial-number to get the serial number. This can be done locally or over ssh.

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