Welcome to Dell Repository Manager
Dell Repository Manager (DRM) is an application that allows IT Administrators to easily manage system updates. Dell Repository Manager provides a searchable interface used to create custom software collections known as bundles and repositories of Dell Update Packages (DUPs).
These bundles and repositories allow for the deployment of multiple firmware updates at once.
A Dell Update Package (DUP) is a self-contained executable in a standard package format that updates a software element on a Dell server such as the BIOS, a device driver, firmware, and other similar software updates.
Additionally, Dell Repository Manager makes it easier to locate specific updates for a particular platform, which saves time.
See a screenshot of the Data Center Version GUI
How does Dell Repository Manager Work?
DRM connects to Dell's online catalog of updates that contains information on the available Dell Update Packages (DUPs). Once you have selected your updates, Dell Repository Manager downloads the specific file(s) you have requested.
Repository Manager can also compare differences between two repositories at both the bundle and component level. It allows you to create deployment tools using your custom repository. Repository Manager is available for Dell Data Center (Server, Storage, Networking) and Dell Enterprise client products. The Data Center version can create and manage repositories for Dell PowerEdge servers, select EquaLogic, PowerVault & Compellent storage as well as select PowerConnect and Force10 networking switches. The Dell Client version manages updates for Dell Latitude, Precision Workstation and OptiPlex client systems.
Dell Repository Manager integrates with Dell systems management products such as Dell OpenManage Essentials console and the Dell Management Plug-in for VMware vCenter. Dell Repository Manager automates creation of custom repositories by reading inventory information from these consoles and creating of a set of updates that is newer than what is currently installed.
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The link for the server download (Download Dell Repository Manager - v1.4.113 (as of March 06, 2012)) has no target and is broken.
Thanks @schwartzberga - the link was fixed on the same day you posted the comment - March 8, 2012
For remote server I went with ISO attached via iDRAC. It promptly got me kicked out of the iDRAC while the server was displaying friendly "Press any key to continue" on the console and waiting for a keystroke. Of course I could not see this or press a key since iDRAC went out. I suppose Virtual CD attachment also got interrupted which could have caused some updates fail in the middle. Still trying to restore connectivity to iDRAC. And then will have to figure out what was updated and what was not.
Does Dell want feedback on this application?
I'm finding a number of issues with the "produced" update collections.
I guess I'm not real hopeful judging by what I can find of activity regarding it. :(
@mtiernan, pls post up your feedback. We're always interested in what our customers have to say.
I tried to make a Deployable Media (Using Linux Bundle) with bundles v440 for the PER710 and I get the following error message on the "Select Deployment Options" screen:
Bundle does not support exporting to Deployment Media
Can I ignore this message and still export the bundles?
@Jayuqo80, the error msg you saw usually happens when you mix selected Windows and Linux bundles to export. The Deployment Media option will be enabled in this case; but in the summary page, you will see an error msg. You can ignore the msg, and only the valid bundles will be output. But, it is always better to check and fix the issues before moving forward.
In versoin 1.5, we improved the error report, hope it will give you more clues of what happens.
A Dell Repsoitory Manager forum is created at en.community.dell.com/.../4700.aspx. You can post your questions, share your tips, or send your comments at there.
Why does this only support servers? What about desktop machines? Shouldn't be to hard to add those plus some filters so your enterprise customers don't have to see the desktop/laptop options(because enterprises do not use desktop/laptops). New version works much better than older version, thanks for that. Please add workstation/desktop/laptop support. Thanks.
@simon10tan We do provide a Business client version of Repository Manager for Desktop/Laptop machines. Request you to please try using it and provide your valuable feedback on the same. Thanks Sashi.
The latest version 220.127.116.11 of the Business Client Version doesn't work with Latitude 7450 devices. When you try to create a repository for latitude 7450 it fails to add a single component. Besides 7450 are listed twice in the choose dialog.