I ran into a problem today with the update process of an iDRAC card, and Google was very little help. I began the firmware update process, and my connection conked out during the upload. When I returned the page, I was greeted with “Firmware update in progress”.
I decided to head off to the comic book store, and I came back to the same thing an hour later. I installed the command-line tools via a wonderful post on “M D3VELOPMENT” blog, and tried to soft-reset the iDRAC card. It was equally as grumpy:
[root@server ~]# idracadm racreset soft
ERROR: A firmware update is currently in progress. Unable to reset the
RAC at this time.
Google was no help. I don’t have a ton of experience with IPMI cards, so I was kind of at a loss. Then I discovered ipmitool. It turns out, after installing ipmitool (which is helpfully available in the dell repositories that were added earlier!), it was a simple matter of forcing the iDRAC card to restart with:
ipmitool mc reset cold
I waited a couple minutes, and sure enough, I was able to update the firmware!