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Systems Build and Update Utility - SBUU

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SBUU reached End-of-Life (EOL) status with the OpenManage 7.4 release which contained SBUU v2.4. SBUU is not supported on 13G PowerEdge servers. Dell recommends customers use Lifecycle Controller for OS Deployments. The SBUU 2.4 release will continue to be available for web download for prior supported servers, and drivers for supported platforms and devices will continue to be available as online downloads and as part of the OpenManage DVD.

Dell strongly recommends using the integrated Dell Remote Access Controller (iDRAC) with Lifecycle Controller, which is part of Dell’s embedded management offering on 13th, 12th, and 11th generation PowerEdge servers. The embedded Lifecycle Controller (LC) interface provides server lifecycle management features such as OS deployment, updates, configuration, diagnostics and simplified serviceability of Dell PowerEdge servers.
Using LC can simplify server management— from provisioning, deployment, patching and updating to servicing and user customization by simply pressing F10 at system boot. LC with its dedicated internal storage has been pre-loaded from the factory with drivers for all certified operating systems, LC eliminates the need to download and use SBUU for OS deployment.

Dell iDRAC Techcenter page - 
Lifecycle Controller Techcenter page: 


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The Dell™ Systems Build and Update Utility (SBUU) includes a single tool to enable basic life cycle management of Dell systems:

  • Simple OS Installation (LINUX and WINDOWS) with device drivers
  • Firmware and BIOS Update using (Server Update Utility)
  • Hardware Configuration (BIOS, iDRAC and RAID Configuration)

On Dell servers newer than the 11th generation (11G - released in 2009), the on-board bootable Unified Server Configurator (A component of the Lifecycle Controller) provides similar functionality to SBUU without the need for a CD.


SBUU Download Page



Whitepaper - Documents

Using SBUU to Optimize Dell Server Deployment
Optimizing Dell Server Deployment using SBUU 



Windows Server 2012 x64 installation using Systems Build and Update Utility 7.2

by Vivek SBUU 7.2 - Win2012 x64 Installation
This demo shows how to use the SBUU to install Microsoft® Windows® on a bare-metal Dell PowerEdge™ server.

  • This page shows how to get to the SBUU download, but doesn't give a clue on the wording to look for with regards to downloading the SUU for the user's respective server.

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  • Agreed.  None of the Dell software downloads allow for a forward link to get to the current release.  You can go backwards, but never forwards...

  • No wonder you are selling the business.   HOW the <ADMIN NOTE: Substitute character removed as per TOU> do I get the download for Christ sake.

    Lose the Stupid OPEN Manage this that and other termonology and just give us a link to get an installation CD.

    No wonder I quit Buying DELL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • The current SBUU version 2.4.0-866 does not show the option to install Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2.

  • Dell is working on the advancement, we need to wait for a few more days. I’ll get back to you once we have enhanced information.

  • Dell recommends using the Embedded Management, Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller 8 (iDRAC8) with Lifecycle Controller instead of Dell Systems Build and Update Utility (SBUU). SBUU is replaced with Lifecycle Controller on Dell 13G servers. iDRAC with Lifecycle Controller is an Embedded Systems Management application for operating system deployment and lifecycle management of PowerEdge servers. You can access Dell Lifecycle Controller by pressing  during system boot up or through remote interface tools such as, iDRAC Web GUI, RACADM command-line interface, or Web Service Management (WS-Man) interface.

    The local GUI of iDRAC8 with Lifecycle Controller allows you to do the following in a pre-OS environment:

    • Hardware configuration

    • Operating system and hypervisor deployments

    • Hardware updates

    • Hardware diagnostics

    • Easy maintenance of PowerEdge servers

  • I get this error, when I click on the link for SBUU Download page:

    "No driver found. We're sorry. We couldn't find the file you are looking for. It may be that the link you followed to get here is not working. Try checking the URL/address for errors or visit the Support page and select your product to begin a new search."

    What does any particular "driver" have to do with simply downloading the latest SBUU?

  • Also, please keep in mind that a large number of people still use and support older hardware that is pre-11G, and does not allow for the use of Lifecycle controller. And, even if 2950's did support Lifecycle controller, I don't want to have to pay for another option, when I can simply load the necessary pieces from a DVD.

  • How the heck am I supposed to download the SBUU tools if the link is broken! There is so little valuable information here.

  • try this link:

  • The download link was unavailable due to technical issues. The issue is fixed and the SBUU download is available in the Downloads section.