Dell Repository Manager Overview
A walkthrough of how to create a new repository using Dell Repository Manager.
In this demo we export a System Update Utility using Dell Repository Manager version 1.4.113
In this video, we will create a new respository, which is a collection of bundles that contain Dell update files, then we will select files to export it to a Server update Utility ISO image
Create - New Repository - OpenManage Essentials Repository - Dell Mgmt Plugin for vCenter Repository Open - Dell FTP Catalog - all avaiable updates - Local Repository that you've saved In this demo we create a new test repository from scratch using the FTP.dell.com catalog as a starting point. After a short wait, the information from the Dell FTP site is loaded. At this point, you can also load an inventory file you created using OpenManage Essentials or the Dell Management Plugin for VMware vCenter, which contains information about which Dell systems you have in your environment. Loading an inventory file will create a repository based on the systems and devices in your inventory file, but We don't have one in this demo. When creating the repository You can choose to include or exclude bundles based on rack mount, blade, and tower systems, and the operating system. You can also select systems to include or exclude by model name, AND you can select to load specific, OR the most recent bundle for the systems you have selected. The select additional components dialog allows you to download files that are not necessarily firmware images for a particular system. --- examples of these additional files include OMSA the OpenManage Server Administrator, OS driver sets for lifecycle controller OS deployment, and iDRAC firmware The next screen shows a summary of all of the selections you made and gives you the option to save and download the repository, or to open the repository for editing. For the sake of time, we'll just open the repository for editing. After a minute or so of importing bundles our repository is created. Once the repository is loaded, we can filter the system bundles using a variety of methods. One of the most popular methods is running a text search, which limits our bundles to the PowerEdge R620. Once you update a search field, the text turns green. Other than the text search, we can also narrow our selection tp the R620 using the supported platforms option. Similarly, we can narrow down our search to Linux bundles using the Operating system option. We can look inside our R620 Linux bundle by clicking on the components tab, and we can then search for particular files using search fileds such as "Update Type" - were we can select to view only the Drivers and BIOS in the R620 bundle. We can further filter items in the bundle by searching for files based on criticality. Here we only choose to view files that are categorized as urgent. Now that we've made our selections, we can export the desired updates by going back to the Bundles tab, selecting our bundle, and clicking on the Export button in the lower right corner We have options to export to a new or existing repository, export to a light weight deployment script, and export to Linux deployment media (which is useful for flavors of Linux not supported by OMSA such as CentOS or Solaris. In this demo we'll export as a SUU, or Server Update Utility. We can choose either to export to a directory or an ISO. Once we select the folder to export to, Repository manager physically downloads the files we selected from the Dell FTP server. This will take a several minutes depending on how many files we want to download. When the download is complete, you'll find the System Update Utility ISO image in the folder you specified. You can now burn this ISO to a DVD and use it to update your Dell server.