What is Lifecycle Controller?
The Integrated Dell Remote Access Controller with Lifecycle Controller (iDRAC6 with Lifecycle Controller 1 or iDRAC7 with Lifecycle Controller 2) is an embedded device in all Dell PowerEdge™ servers that helps IT administrators manage, monitor, update, and deploy Dell servers.
This embedded management solution is designed to make server administrators more productive and improve the overall availability of Dell servers. iDRAC alerts administrators to server issues, helps them perform remote server management, and reduces the need for physical access to the server.
Lifecycle controller supports local 1-to-1 system management tasks via a graphical user interface (GUI) on the servers KVM for operating system install, updates, configuration, and for performing diagnostics, on single, local servers. This eliminates the need for multiple option ROMs for hardware configuration
Remote Services are standards-based interfaces that enable consoles to integrate, for example, bare-metal provisioning and one-to-many OS deployments, for servers located remotely. Dell’s Lifecycle Controller takes advantage of the capabilities of both USC and Remote Services to deliver significant advancement and simplification of server deployment.
Lifecycle Controller Serviceability aims at simplifying server reprovision and/or replacing failed parts and thus reduces maintenance downtime
** Please note that this release of the Lifecycle Controller firmware must be applied after updating the DRAC6 firmware to either 3.35 (modular) or 1.85 (monolithic). Do not apply this update to the Lifecycle Controller without the corresponding DRAC update.
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Lifecycle Controller Integration for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (ConfigMgr)
Updates using a USB key with Lifecycle Controller
Automating Server Firmware Updates Using Dell iDRAC with Lifecycle Controller — Securely, Efficiently, and Standards-based
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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.
There are 2 levels of features for of USC:
USB Updates Using Repository Manager with Lifecycle Controllerby 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:http://www.delltechcenter.com/page/Updates+using+USB+with+Lifecycle+Controller