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Software to Remotely Manage Dell BIOS on Multiple Office Computers

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I am looking for software that will help me remotely manage the Dell BIOS on multiple office computers.
The office computers consist of Dell Optiplex, Dell Latitude and Dell Power Edge.
The computers are running Windows Vista Business, Windows 7 Pro and Windows 2008 R2.

I need to be able to remotely flash the BIOS and to change the BIOS settings from a Windows 2008 server on the office network (LAN).

If the software also inventories hardware, inventories software and manages Windows updates that would be a plus but it is not a requirement.

I strongly prefer free software but I am willing to look into trial software and software that I must pay for.

Thanks in advance
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by:arnold
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Servers can be managed via ipmi as well as using Dell openmanage and has it administrator.

2008 has the update flash to update bios/firmware.

The workstations accessing remotely RDP admin running an update package.
Bios changes?
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by:Lee W, MVP
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I believe Dell has a tool for this - the Dell Client Configuration Toolkit - here's a third party article on it - http://deployhappiness.com/manage-the-dell-bios-remotely/ and http://www.dell.com/support/home/us/en/19/Drivers/DriversDetails?driverId=6HCTN
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by:wmtrader
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The "Dell Client Configuration Toolkit" has been replaced with the "Dell Command | Configure" utility.

I have looked at both utilities and, from what I can tell, I will need to use one of the Dell tools to create an EXE file and run the EXE file from the local machine via login script or a group policy, is this true?

Are there any other solutions that do require a file to be run from the local computer?
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Lee W, MVP earned 500 total points
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Last time I played with the CCTK was probably about a year ago.  If it's been replaced, then it's been replaced.  I honestly don't recall the exact steps I used.  As far as I know there is no remote API to updating BIOS configurations - you need to run the executable.  You can do that any number of ways - login script, group policy, PSEXEC, task scheduler, etc.
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by:wmtrader
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My comments clarify the answer given by the expert.
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