The other day I had attempted to use the Dell Linux BIOS upgrade utility on a Dell Poweredge 650 server however it wouldn’t run properly under CentOS Linux but I decided to give it another shot on a Dell Poweredge 2650 and this time it worked without issue. Below there are steps on how to upgrade the BIOS on a Dell PE2650 using the Linux BIOS .bin upgrade application from Dell.
Last week I spent a lot of time trying to upgrade the BIOS on a Dell Poweredge 650 server which ended up being a pain not only because the server is so old but because of various other issues I ran into along the way. This weekend I thought I was going to be in for the same issues when I wanted to upgrade the BIOS on a Dell Poweredge 2650 but thankfully I was incorrect. After initially attempting to upgrade using the same floppy disk method I used on the PE650 I decided to try the Redhat executable provided by Dell and ran into an error which is noted below along with what package was installed via the Yum Package Manager that resolved the error.
Earlier I was doing some work on a Dell Poweredge 2650 with CentOS Linux installed on it which we use for a development server at the shop. The message on the screen had been set awhile back with a joke message but I forgot how it was set so while I was poking around in the BIOS for some floppy disk settings I stumbled across how to modify the message that scrolls across the tiny screen on the front of the Dell PE2650 and wanted to share. Below is more information regarding how to modify the message and what it looks like once it has been modified.
I spent a lot of time trying to figure out the best way to upgrade the BIOS on a Dell Poweredge 650. I had multiple problems because I didn’t have a floppy drive to use at first and the fact that the PE650 is an older Dell server model. Since I didn’t have a floppy drive to test with initially I attempted to use the Dell System Build & Update Utility however I was unable to ever get it working properly. Initially the problem was simply getting the tool downloaded. Finally I decided to order a floppy drive and below are instructions to upgrade the PE650 using a floppy disk.
One thing that can be annoying on Dell servers is the long boot process though you can modify the BIOS and other items to make the boot process faster. One of this first things I always do is disable the PXE boot delay by making a modification to the BIOS and by modifying the settings of the Intel Boot Agent. A better view and description of the PXE boot delay on a Dell Poweredge 650 is displayed below as well as both of the modifications used to minimize the delay of the PXE Intel Boot Agent.