I am looking for the best way to update the BIOS on our workstations.  I tried to run it as a script and it would not update the BIOS.

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I believe this would be under "Dell Updates" under Distribution.

Run an inventory and see what driver/bios updates your computers need, then when the time is right run an install and it will take care of it for you.

The only downside is if there is a large gap between your current bios and the newest bios there isn't an automatic way to increment the update. There have been a few discussions on here about work arounds for that problem though.

Answered 01/02/2014 by: AFCUjstrick
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  • I was able to run the Inventory and Update, but it failed four different items. Is there a way to see why these failed?
    • If you look at the Update Inventory Catalog for that particular machine it should tell you what all it is trying to update. It should also tell you what it's current BIOs version is and what version it is trying to update to.
      If the gap is too large it may have to be manually incremented up.
      • I did look there and I do not believe that there is that big of gap. I was just trying to find if they give an explanation or an error number on why they failed.
      • The only way to be for sure is to try and manually instead the same BIOS level it's trying to install and see if it goes through. It'll tell you what's wrong if it can't complete.
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Not all models are supported with the Dell Updates so you may want to check to see if yours is. 

Answered 01/02/2014 by: nshah
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