When it comes to upgrading critical pieces like the underlying hypervisor, a lot of consideration should be given to the individual components of your environment.With that in mind, I want to talk about the server BIOS or firmware.Create a new package using the Dell CCTK folder you just created, but do not create a program or add any requirements.When you are finished creating the package, distribute it to the necessary distribution points.All systems were running Windows 7 Professional x64 and Windows 10 Pro x64.I cannot guarantee this guide will work with Windows Vista or Windows XP.For this guide, I will be using the following naming convention: O780-A15 | O = Opti Plex (Family), 780 = (Model), - A15 = (BIOS Revision)Next, launch the Dell Command | Configure Toolkit Wizard.
Now the good part here is because Hyper-V on this system is installed as a role, I still have the entire Windows UI to install the BIOS upgrade.
In this situation, the 8.10 BIOS upgrade will bring full support for all of the R2 features from the hardware level. The important thing to note here is to do the upgrades. In one simple Tweet, I had 12 people retweet (share) my reminder: About the Author Rick Vanover (Cisco Champion, Microsoft MVP, VMware v Expert) is based in Columbus, Ohio.
In my experience I've never had an operating system upgrade fail because of the BIOS being out of date, but it is really a good idea to have them up to date. There is a reason that BIOS updates are issued for servers. But another and arguably more important part is to fix any issues that may have occurred. Fixing things like power management, boot logic, low-level commands and more are discovery ordeals I don't want to find in my data center. Vanover's experience includes systems administration and IT management, with virtualization, cloud and storage technologies being the central theme of his career recently.
Please note that this guide only applies to Dell systems.
I tested these steps on a Dell Opti Plex 780 SFF (Small Form Factor), Dell Opti Plex 790 SFF, and Dell Opti Plex 3040 MT (Mini-Tower).