Unified Server Configurator

The Dell Unified Server Configurator (USC) is a bootable management interface on Dell's 11th-generation PowerEdge servers that Dell customers can use to perform various management tasks such as firmware update, RAID configuration, network configuration, date / time, Operating Systems deployment, and BIOS configuration. It is a feature of the Dell Lifecycle Controller and the software lives on board the Dell iDRAC, eliminating the need to host the software on bootable media that is easy to lose.

USC was introduced on Dell 11G servers (which were released in 2009) as an onboard replacement for the Systems Build and Update Utility (SBUU). Both USC and SBUU are designed for 1-to-1 server management. The USC interface can be accessed by pressing F10 during post / system boot. This information page is not for 12th-generation and later servers. In that case, please refer to the Lifecycle Controller page

Unified Server Configurator Features

There are 2 levels of features for of USC:

  • Unified Server Configurator (USC) - Entry-level product that provides operating system (OS) Deployment, Diagnostics, and Settings capabilities. There is no Lifecycle Controller Enabled functionality.

  • Unified Server Configurator - Lifecycle Controller Enabled (USE - LCE) - Full-featured product that provides Platform Update, Hardware Configuration, OS Deployment, Diagnostics, Settings, Full Remote Management, Dedicated NIC port, Virtual KVM, and Virtual Media capabilities. 

Unified Server Configurator Videos

USB Updates Using Repository Manager with Lifecycle Controller
by Peter Tsai

The USC portion of the video starts at 2:10

To learn more about USB updates using Repository Manager and LifeCycle Controller, please visit: