Remote Access to BIOS ?

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Are there any ways to gain remote access to a computers BIOS ?
via VNC, remote desktop, etc... etc...

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Top Expert 2014
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A KVM switch that allows remote access.  There are a few on the market that support remote access to the KVM switch using TCP/IP.  KVM switch is connected normally to the computer.

VNC and remote desktop require a OS to run on.  If the manufacture of the computer, or the BIOS, provides a software program that can run under the OS to access the BIOS, then you can use that with VNC/Remote Desktop, but most BIOS vendord don't have these. At least not that I am aware of.
There you can't generally access the bios of a machine in the conventional way I think you're talking about. Many high-end servers have features such as you're talking about, such as HP, and their support pack for servers, which allows you to flash bios while the machine is running (and you would run with some method of remote access, such as VNC or TS).
 
I'm not aware of any software that lets you do this to any machine. If such does exist, it likely comes from your motherboard vendor, as it would have to be system-specific.

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Not that i know about.
Top Expert 2013

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There are a few high end PCI card monitoring devices that you can install, primarily on servers, that connect by way of Cat5, but allow you to monitor entire boot process or access BIOS. Seems to me about $1000 each. HP made the one I had seen.

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I like the idea of the KVM switch, can someone point me in the direction of one of these ?
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Top Expert 2013

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One of the PCI remote control cards I mentioned earlier:
http://www.startech.com/ststore/itemdetail.cfm?product_id=sv1110ippci&topbar=topbara.htm
There are DRAC cards dell makes them.
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Thanks  basskozz,
--Rob

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