Where can I download Driver Update Program (DUP) disks?

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DUP Overview

The Driver Update Program (DUP) is a mechanism Red Hat uses to add updated drivers to Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) outside of the normal operating system update cycle. It allows newer drivers from the update release of RHEL under development to be backported into ISO image-based "DUP disks" that can be loaded at install time on the currently shipping RHEL release. The intent of the program is to allow vendors to certify new hardware without having to wait for the next update release of RHEL.

Here's an example of how the program works. Network/storage controller vendor Acme is shipping a new converged network adapter (CNA) that became available after the launch of RHEL 8.0 but before the release of RHEL 8.1. Once the driver for the new card has been accepted into RHEL 8.1, it may be possible to take that driver and backport it onto a DUP disk that would allow the card to work in RHEL 8.0. That would allow system vendors who incorporate Acme's new CNA to certify their systems on RHEL 8.0 instead of having to wait until 8.1.

For more information on the support policy for Driver Update Program disks, please see the Red Hat Knowledgebase article entitled Support Policy for the Red Hat Driver Update Program.

Downloading DUP Disks for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8

DUP disks are provided to users through the Red Hat Customer Portal at https://access.redhat.com. It's not possible for us to provide direct links to these files due to the way authentication information is embedded in the RPM/ISO file download URLs. What we can provide are links to the pages on which the DUP packages are listed. Start with the appropriate link below to find the DUP disks for all update releases of RHEL 8:

x86_64 Architecture

https://access.redhat.com/downloads/content/479/ver=/rhel---8/8.0/x86_64/product-software
If you need a DUP disk for a different update release, use the version drop-down box to pick the appropriate one.

s390x Architecture

https://access.redhat.com/downloads/content/72/ver=/rhel---8/8.0/s390x/product-software
If you need a DUP disk for a different update release, use the version drop-down box to pick the appropriate one.

ppc64le Architecture

https://access.redhat.com/downloads/content/279/ver=/rhel---8/8.0/ppc64le/product-software
If you need a DUP disk for a different update release, use the version drop-down box to pick the appropriate one.

aarch64 Architecture

https://access.redhat.com/downloads/content/419/ver=/rhel---8/8.0/aarch64/product-software
If you need a DUP disk for a different update release, use the version drop-down box to pick the appropriate one.

Downloading DUP Disks for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and Earlier

DUP disks are provided to users through the Red Hat Customer Portal at https://access.redhat.com. It's not possible for us to provide direct links to these files due to the way authentication information is embedded in the RPM/ISO file download URLs. What we can provide are links to the pages on which the DUP packages are listed. Start with the appropriate link below to find the DUP disks for all releases of RHEL 7 and earlier:

x86_64 and x86 Architectures

https://access.redhat.com/downloads/content/69/ver=/rhel---7/7.0/x86_64/product-downloads
If you need a DUP disk for a different update release or a different architecture, use the version drop-down box first, then use the architecture drop down box to pick the appropriate one (RHEL 6.4, x86, for example).

ppc64 Architecture

https://access.redhat.com/downloads/content/74/ver=/rhel---7/7.0/ppc64/product-downloads
If you need a DUP disk for a different release, use the version drop down box to pick the appropriate one (RHEL 6.7, for example).

ppc64le Architecture

https://access.redhat.com/downloads/content/279/ver=/rhel---7/7.1/ppc64le/product-software
If you need a DUP disk for a different release, use the version drop down box to pick the appropriate one (RHEL 7.3, for example).

Using a DUP Disk

When installing a system that requires a DUP disk for hardware enablement:

  1. Burn the DUP disk ISO to a BD/DVD/CD, write it to a USB flash drive, or make it available to the system through a virtual disk.
  2. Boot the installer media and use the appropriate boot time option for the version of RHEL you are installing:
    • For RHEL 6 and 5, use the option "dd". The "dd" option stands for "driver disk".
    • For RHEL 8 and 7, use the option "inst.dd".
  3. Make the DUP disk available to the system when prompted.
  4. Choose the driver(s) you need to complete your installation.
  5. Proceed with normal installation.