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What's New + Downloads Video Demos
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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.  

What's New + Downloads

Release Summary
v1.8
  • Import inventory from the M1000e with CMC 4.5 or newer
  • Create a Light Weight Deployment Pack directly from Search Dell Support site results.
  • Streamlined workflow for integrating with OpenManage Essentials and Dell’s Integration for VMware vCenter
  • Sort Non-DUP files
 12/17/2013 (Download
v1.7

  • Supports 64-bit Dell Update Packages & Bundles
  • Manages update content sequence for a bundle (Data Center Version Only)
  • Adds a non-DUP format file into a repository
  • Supports Dell PowerEdge VRTX updates
  • Supports force update option while exporting bundles to a bootable ISO

 7/23/2013 (Download)
v1.6

  • Creates system bundles from Dell support site (Data Center version only)
  • Adds new search results into an existing repository and replaces the older version updates in existing bundles
  • Enhanced usability of Search Dell support site
  • Addition of a brand selection tab in repository creation wizard and bundle/component filter
  • Generates a repository report while saving a repository to a folder

 4/17/2013 (Download)
v1.5

  • Store repositories of bundles and components within the new local application database
  • View and manage all local repositories from one location in the interface
  • Search for the latest components from Dell support site directly
  • Schedule a task to automatically search for the latest components from Dell support site, and then add the new updates into a local repository, save to a local folder, and/or export to a lightweight deployment pack
  • Multiple tasks with simultaneously running import and export operations from other tasks
  • Track the progress of long-running operations in the new Jobs Queue
  • New method to obtain an inventory data from Dell OpenManage Essentials (OME) v1.1 remotely
  • Experience the numerous advantages of performing update management tasks in a new and improved graphical user interface

12/12/2012 (Download)
v1.4

  • DRM is integrated with Dell OpenManage Essentials (OME) and Dell System Management  plug-in for VMware vCenter to fetch system inventory data for creating customized local repositories
  • The Repository compare function is replaced by the new Repository Update function. Compare link is replaced by the Update link to facilitate checks for latest available  updates to a repository
  • Change the menu bar in main user interface
  • View inventory data fetched from OME or Dell System Management plug-in for VMware vCenter
  • Refresh repositories built from OME or Dell System Management plug-in for VMware vCenter
  • Two new options are added in Light Weight Deployment Wizard
  • Improve the Operating System filter for bundle and component
  • Check and update the existing version of DRM when new versions are available

03/06/2012 (Download)

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v1.8 Manuals & Documents (home)
Installation Guide User's Guide - Business Client Version
Release Notes User's Guide - Data Center Version
Troubleshooting Guide

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Useful Links
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Repository Manager for Clients
OpenManage Essentials Home
OpenManage Integration for VMware vCenter Home
iDRAC with Lifecycle Controller Home

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Comments
  • 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.