Updating Dell PowerEdge BIOS from Linux

Updating Dell PowerEdge firmware from Linux is quite easy, but it isn’t documented very well. I ended up with a set of PowerEdge R710’s at work for a lab environment and the BIOS versions were different on each server. Downloading the latest firmware Start by heading over to Dell’s support site and enter your system’s service tag. You can use lshw to find your service tag:

lshw | head lab05 description: Rack Mount Chassis product: PowerEdge R710 () vendor: Dell Inc.

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Linux support for the Dell XPS 13 9343 (2015 model)

I’M ALL DONE:I’m not working on Linux compatibility for the XPS 13 any longer. I’ve purchased a Lenovo X1 Carbon (3rd gen) and that’s my preferred laptop. More on this change later. I’ve been looking for a good laptop to run Linux for a while now and my new Dell XPS 13 9343 has arrived. It was released at CES in 2015 and it received quite a lot of attention for packing a large amount of pixels into a very small laptop frame with excellent battery life.
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Getting Dell’s racadm working in Fedora 20

Dell provides the racadm software on Linux that allows you to manage Dell hardware from a Linux system. Getting it installed on a very modern distribution like Fedora 20 isn’t supported, but here are some steps that might help you along the way: First off, go to Dell’s site and review the racadm download instructions. I’d recommend following the Remote RACADM instructions so that you can manage multiple systems from your Fedora installation.
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