What is Dell System Update (DSU)

Dell System Update (DSU) ensures that the Dell systems are up-to-date with the latest BIOS, firmware, and software. DSU contains

Dell System Update User Guide can be found here

What is new in this release (Version : 16.01.00)

This release of Dell System Update (DSU) supports the following new features and operating systems:
The purpose of DSU is to distribute Dell software updates for Linux systems.

The DSU distributes:.

Command Difference between Dell Linux Repository and Dell System Update

Dell Linux Repository Commands Dell System Update Commands
Setting Up Repository
1) wget -q -O - http://linux.dell.com/repo/hardware/latest/bootstrap.cgi | bash
2) yum install dell_ft_install
3) yum install $(bootstrap_firmware)

1) wget -q -O - http://linux.dell.com/repo/hardware/dsu/bootstrap.cgi | bash
2) yum install dell-system-update
Inventorying Firmware

dsu --inventory
Updating Firmware


Advantage of DSU over Dell Linux Repository

Dell Linux Repository Dell System Update
1) Selected installation of updates is not possible from CLI 1) Selected installation of updates are possible from CLI
2) Cluttered console view 2) Better customer experience with specific readable information on the console
3) No option to revert to the earlier version 3) Reverting to earlier version of the update is possible, if repository have earlier version
4) Packages are based on Open Build System 4) Packages are based on Dell Update Packages (DUPs)

Supported Operating Systems

Note: "rebuilt" versions of the above such as CentOS or ScientificLinux and community distros like Fedora and OpenSUSE are not tested with this repository.

Setup The repository

#wget -q -O - bootstrap.cgi | bash

Installing DSU

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Servers

#yum install dell-system-update

SUSE Linux Enterprise Servers

#zypper install dell-system-update

Updating Firmware and OpenManage Server Administrator (OMSA)

The below command will provide a command line interface to update firmware and OMSA in the platform.


Note:- If OMSA is already installed, it can be updated using dsu tool

Getting System Inventory

#dsu --inventory

Category based installation

DSU allows category based device updates

Listing supported categories

#dsu --get-categories

    Gets the supported category values

Getting specific category updates

#dsu --category=<CATEGORY1,CATEGORY2,...>

    List only those updates belonging to categories

Non-interactive device updates

DSU supports devices updates in a non-interactive way where all the updatable components will be selected automatically and apply those updates without user intervention.

#dsu --non-interactive

Install OMSA

DSU supports upgrade of OMSA (srvadmin), where an OMSA version is already installed in the system. To install OMSA using this repository, Please use the following commands:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux Servers

#yum install srvadmin-all

SUSE Linux Enterprise Servers

#zypper install srvadmin-all

Other supporting documents and links

In addition to this guide, you can access the following guides available at dell.com/support/manuals.

To get the complete list of options of DSU, use #dsu --help


A good place for support for this repository is the linux-poweredge mailing list.

File list

Use the following links to browse the contents of the repository

OS independent
OS dependent