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Updating Dell Servers by Integrating SUU/DUP with Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Cluster Aware Update

A guide for integrating Dell firmware and driver updates using the Dell Server Update Utility (SUU) / Dell Update Package (DUP) for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 based cluster without affecting the availability of cluster in conjunction with Microsoft Hotfix Plug-in.

 

Executive Summary

This white paper describes the process of updating the Microsoft Windows Server 2012 clustered Dell servers using Dell Server Update Utility (SUU)/Dell Update Package (DUP) by integrating with Microsoft Hotfix Plug-in. This document explains the process to update Dell Server firmware and driver in a cluster without affecting the availability of cluster. Using Cluster Aware Update (CAU), the IT administrator can keep the Dell servers up to date with Dell Server Update or individual Dell Update Package.

 

Introduction

IT Administrators face many challenges today updating the cluster. It requires multiple manual steps with associated planned failover and failback of clustered Roles, all during a short maintenance window of time. This process is highly error-prone and increases the risk of unplanned service outages. Cluster Aware Update (CAU) is a feature in Microsoft Windows Server 2012 that coordinates software updates on all servers in a failover cluster in a way that does not impact the service availability. This white paper explains how an IT Administrator can update Dell Server firmware and driver using Dell Server Update Utility (SUU)/Dell Update Package (DUP) by integrating with Microsoft Hotfix plug-in.