Remotely change/configure BIOS on HP laptops/desktops

Hello,

Is there any HP native tool that does remote bios management?
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Yes you can use HP's System Software Manager (SSM) or the HP BIOS Configuration Utility (BCU).
Both need to be deployed first (via SMS, scripted or other distribution systems) and running on clients before you can use them and don't support all devices.
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techdunesCommented:
HP's System Software Manager (SSM) or the HP RepSet.exe utilities can be used to change BIOS settings remotely. You will need to deploy theses remotely through logon scripts, Microsoft SMS, Altiris etc.

Link to SSM: http://www.hp.com/go/ssm

Link to RepSet utility: http://h18007.www1.hp.com/support/files/hpcpqdt/us/download/22616.html
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Techdunes, RepSet  no longer exists  it was replaced by BCU.
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ITO-Author Commented:
Thanks guys, but can I have a full overview of my network? I'm talking about 1000 machines.

I looked up BCU and it seems to be all command line?
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
It's no use as an auditing tool.  For that kind of estate you would really need a third-party manager like Symantec's Management Console or LANDesk both of which have HP add-ins (there are almost certainly more - those are the only two I'm aware of).  That will allow you both to edit and push changes and then display the status of your machines. You're right about the HP tool it is fairly limited and not in the same league really as Dell's (DCCU) offering but if you are limited to a native manufacturer tool I think that's all HP are offering direct to customers.
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ITO-Author Commented:
Thanks MASQ,

Any other third party? Free tools for instance?
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☠ MASQ ☠Commented:
Not that  I'm aware of but not really my field of expertise. Might be worth hitting the Request Attention button to see if the mods can round up some specialist advice for you.
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