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Dell PowerEdge 1750 Wake On LAN on Gentoo/Funtoo Linux

After my previous entry about my PowerEdge 1750 , I’ve been trying to get Wake-On-LAN working. On every other machine I own, it simply involves at most activating WOL in the BIOS, then running ‘ethtool -s eth0 wol g’ on boot, but the PowerEdge 1750 with the “Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5704 Gigabit Ethernet” network card is a bit trickier to get working correctly.

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Upgrading Dell ESM firmware on an unsupported OS

I recently received a free Dell Poweredge 1750 from work ( they were having a clearout of old hardware and I grabbed it first ), and naturally the first thing I installed was Funtoo ( essentially it’s an experimental version of Gentoo ) .

Installation worked fine, but the only problem I have is the server is quite loud. Plugging in the second PSU dropped the noise considerably, but I would like it to be quieter. Googling around, I found a few suggestions to upgrade the BIOS and ESM firmware, upgrading the BIOS was simple – download the BIOS .bin file from Dell, chmod +x and run, but the ESM upgrade isn’t as simple.
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