Fixing Java Issues with Dell DRAC 5, 6, and 7 Cards

One of the things I hate is when there is a Java update, I always wonder “Will this break my access to the Dell DRAC Card Console/Virtual Media?”. Especially with the Dell DRAC 5 cards which are old now, running the latest Java versions can cause a lot of grief. I will show you what you can do in order to mitigate some of the Dell DRAC Card issues with the newer Java Versions.
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Unable to update Dell Server Generation 11/12 Bios Firmware

While I was trying to update a 12th Generation Dell Server with the Life Cycle Controller, it would download all the Firmware updates from Dell and then the Life Cycle Controller would freeze after this. I didn’t think much of it at first and manually updated the Firmware of other components by getting the files from the Dell Support Website. But when I tried updating the Bios Firmware, it would run the setup normally but when the server rebooted, the old firmware was still on there.
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Enabling/Disabling Equallogic SAN FTP Service

Dell Equallogic SANs have an FTP Service enabled on by default. This is normally used to upload Firmware Updates or download Diagnostic data. But having the FTP Service running all the time can be a security risk. You can do the following to disable or temporary enable the FTP Service if you need to use it.
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