Managing the OS device-drivers repository

The OS device-driver repository includes the catalog and downloaded Windows device drivers.

About this task

The catalog contains information about all Windows UXSPs and device-driver updates that are available for all Lenovo servers that support Windows. When you refresh the catalog, XClarity Administrator retrieves information about the available UXSPs from the Lenovo Data Center Support website (including the metadata .xml and readme .txt files) and stores the information to the repository. The payload file (.exe) is not downloaded. For more information about refreshing the catalog, see Refreshing the OS device-driver catalog.

Windows UpdateXpress System Packs (UXSPs) contain Windows device drivers for supported Windows versions and for Lenovo servers that supports Windows. Windows UpdateXpress System Packs (UXSPs) contain Windows device drivers for supported Windows versions and for Lenovo servers that supports Windows. You can download or import Windows UXSPs in the repository. UXSPs must be available in the repository before you can update Windows device drivers on managed severs.For more information about downloading device drivers, see Downloading Windows device drivers.

XClarity Administrator must be connected to the Internet to refresh the catalog and download UXSPs. If it is not connected to the Internet, you can manually download the UXSPs to a workstation that has network access to the XClarity Administrator host using a web browser. This UXSPs download is a zip format file and contains all the required device driver files for the UXSP, including the payload (.exe), metadata (.xml), and change history file (.chg), and readme files (.txt).

After a UXSP is downloaded in the repository, information about each device driver in the pack is added to the Windows Driver Updates Repository page. This includes the release date, size, and severity. The severity indicates the impact and the need to apply the update to help you to assess how your environment might be affected.
  • Initial Release. This is the first release of the device driver.

  • Critical. The device driver contains urgent fixes for data corruption, security, or stability issues.

  • Suggested. The device driver contains significant fixes for problems that you are likely to encounter.

  • Non-Critical. The device driver contains minor fixes, performance enhancements, and textual changes.

Note:
  • The severity is relative to the previously released version of the device driver. For example, if the installed device driver is v1.01, and update v1.02 is Critical, and update v1.03 is Recommended, this means that the update from 1.02 to 1.03 is recommended, but the update from v1.01 to v1.03 is critical because it is cumulative (v1.03 includes v1.02 critical issues).

  • Special cases might arise where an update is only critical or recommended for a specific machine type. Refer to the Release Notes for additional information.

Procedure

To view UXSPs and device drivers that are available in the repository, complete the following steps.

  1. From the XClarity Administrator menu bar, click Provisioning > Windows Driver Updates: Repository. The Windows Driver Updates Repository page is displayed with a list of available UXSPs, organized by device type.
  2. Expand a server type, and then expand the UXSPs that are available for that server type to list the device drivers that are available for that server type.

    You can sort the table columns and click the Expand all icon (Expand all icon) and Collapse all icon (Collapse all icon) to make it easier to find specific device drivers. In addition, you can filter the list of displayed server types and device drivers by selecting an option in the Show menu to list only device drivers of a specific age, device drivers for all server types or only managed-server types or by entering text in the Filter field.


    Illustrates the list of Windows device drivers on the Windows Driver Updates: Repository page.

From this page, you can perform the following actions: