So, I do not have much experience with scripting, programing, cmd, powershell etc...  What I do have experience with is reading til my eyes bleed.

Im basically new to managing machines at a corporate level.

I have found the need to adjust the BIOS Settings on nearly 700 machines do to lack of planning on the persons I have taken over for.  As I get ready to start patching with the K1000, I need a way to wake machines over night / weekend which I can do with the K1000, but found that a BIOS Setting or two is making this not work.  I came across the Dell CCTK and started to look at it after instlling only to realize that the language does not match what you see in the acuall BIOS making it very hard to figure out what to change or even touch.

Anyone have a good article on how to decipher the code dell is using in CCTK.

What I need to do is:

General>

Boot Sequence> Onboard NIC> Checked/Enabled

System Config>

Integrated NIC> Enabled w/PXE

Power Management> 

Low Power Mode> Uncheck/Disable

Deep Sleep Control> Disabled

Remote Wakeup/Wake on Lan> Enabled/LAN Only

I think that would cover all scenarios / models we have, mostly OptiPlex 3020's

I just don't get the connection to these settings in CCTK, maybe I'm just not cut out to use this kind of tool lol.

Oh, and if I crate a package with only these settings, will it override / change the current BIOS settings and therefor have to set everything in CCTK to match what our current BIOS settings are set at, ie: non WOL settings etc.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Still wondering about whether the settings will override the BIOS settings if not set in CCTK. I only need to make a couple of changes. So if I push a package created by CCTK, will it olny update the BIOS with those settings, if not, then I will scrap this whole idea and figure out another method lol.
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You can set a machines bios the way you want it and use the CCTK or Command|Configure utility read them and create an exe from those settings to push to the other machines.


Answered 02/24/2015 by: SMal.tmcc
Red Belt

  • Yes, but the issue is trying to match the wording in CCTK to the acual BIOS, not exactly the same. But after a hour or so of playing around, I may have my first package ready, maybe lol.
    • wessdf,

      If you still need it, I created a Software page on Command | Configure (formerly CCTK), at this link: http://www.itninja.com/software/dell/command-configure/3-2612. Lots of good info there, including a video.

      Ron Colson
      KACE Koach
      • Thanks Ron. I do frequent KKE's often as time permits and get overwhelmed trying to learn Kace on my own and with the many calls to support. Thanks again for all your help!
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