The purpose of this guide is to familiarize you with some of the ways that you can manipulate the BIOS settings of your systems en masse. This guide will teach you how to use the Dell Client Configuration Toolkit (CCTK) as well as how that can fit directly in with your KACE appliances.
The Dell Client Configuration Toolkit is a free tool that can assist you in making bios changes to your Dell systems. It can create executable files that will alter BIOS settings as part of a reboot. These files can be created to work on a single model of Dell system or as a multi-platform file that will work on all supported Dell system models.
In this guide we will cover the 2 most common scenarios for using the CCTK with KACE.
- Enabling PXE
- Enabling Wake-On-Lan
We will deploy the CCTK packages using K-scripts on the K1000
Installing the CCTK
Download the CCTK installer here: http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/systems-management/w/wiki/1952.dell-client-configuration-toolkit-cctk.aspx
Run the installer and choose the default settings.
Creating the BIOS Manipulation Packages
Run the CCTK Configuration Wizard and choose “Create Package” on the main screen of the tool.
On the next screen you will have the option to create 3 types of files.
- This System
- Another System
Most of the time you will create a multi-platform file which will work on any of the supported systems for the CCTK. You can use the other options to create a BIOS Manipulation package for a single specific system.
Choose Multi-platform and click next.
We are now presented with a list of available BIOS settings for all supported Dell System Models.
For the purposes of using this tool with KACE we will focus on the two most common situations.
- Enabling Wake On LAN
- Enabling PXE Boot
You can see in the screenshot above that the Wake On LAN option is selected.
To enable Wake On LAN we would select the “wakeonlan” option and then select “enabled” from the available values.
To Enable PXE boot we would select “embnic1” and select “on” from the available values.
-“on” is chosen here because the default is commonly “onnopxe” where there NIC is enabled but PXE booting is not.
Double Click the field under Value to Set and drop down menus will appear.
Select your value and then click “Export Configuration .exe”
If you have a password on your client systems BIOS then you can enter it on the next screen.
Now we will create a script to deploy the BIOS changes with the K1000.
Go to the Scripting tab and select “add new item” from the “choose action” drop down menu.
Now you will want to choose “Online KScript” as the script type then follow the steps below to create the script.
- Give the script a name
- Select your desired target machines from the Deployment section.
- Select the target OS versions.
- Choose run as Local System
- Configure End User Alerts (if any)
- Schedule the script (if needed)
- Click “Add Task Section” and configure the following task
- Under “On Success” choose “Launch a program”
- In “Directory” enter “$(KACE_DEPENDENCY_DIR)”
- Under “File” enter “YOURFILE.exe”
- Under “Parameters” enter “/l=$(KACE_DEPENDENCY_DIR)\log.txt”
- Save the Script
The script will require a reboot to apply the changes. You can add another step to initiate the reboot or you may wait for the user to reboot the system themselves.
Your script task section should look like like this:
You can now save and run the script.
You will see a log file created in the KACE packages directory for the Script. If successful you will see a line that reads “CCTK STATUS CODE : SUCCESS”