Difference: LifecycleController (r2 vs. r1)

Lifecycle Controller

The 11th generation (and newer) PowerEdge? servers have a build built-in in system for assisting designed to assist with managing firmware updates, hardware diagnostics, diagnostics and OS installs installs. etc. The system Lifecycle Controller (LCC) is built into the mainboard (?) and accessed via iDRAC. The Lifecycle LCC controller can be accessed locally via console at boottime boot time and also presents a web service interface (via iDRAC) for scripting. The Lifecycle LCC Controller has its own storage and does not rely on system hard drives. The LCC also uses a Ethernet device other than the iDRAC for network connections; in our usual system configurations the first Ethernet port on private netwrok can be used with an http proxy to reach dell.com.

Doing a firmware update using local console

The Lifecycle controller provides a simple way to update firmware independent of production OS on the server. This is a viable way to maintain firmware updates on a VMware ESXi server for instance. At boot time, the LCC GUI is started, the network is configured and firmware update is run.


  • Reboot server and press F10 F10, after delay Lifecycle controller GUI will start
  • Lifecycle controller GUI will start
  • Select "USC Settings" -> "Network Settings"
    • Select system NIC on private network (needs port other than dedicated iDRAC port)
    • Configure for DHCP or static IP depending on system setup
    • Select Finish and return to main page
  • Select "Platform Update" -> "Launch Platform Update"
    • Select FTP Server as source, select Next
    • Enter following for source of updates: updates; FTP server: ftp.dell.com ftp.dell.com, Proxy Settings: check Proxy Proxy, Server:, Proxy Port: 3128
    • Click "Test Network Connection", if OK, goto go to Next screen
    • In a few minutes, the firmware catalog will be downloaded and compared against an inventory of the system
    • Select desired updates (probably all) and click Apply
    • Lifecycle LCC Controller will apply updates rebooting system as needed. Reboots will automatically restart Lifecycle LCC Controller
    • Once all updates are done, select "Exit and Reboot" to get back to normal booting


The Lifecycle controller isn't updating firmware for Intel x520 NICs. (Not sure how to handle for VMware ESXi hosts.)

-- TomRockwell - 21 Aug 2012

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