Hi, We are trying to deploy XP as the operating system remotely into multiple desktops using Altiris CMS and Norton Ghost for evaluation purposes. we have used PXE in conjunction with the same and there is a need to change the BIOS settings - esp the Boot order to 'boot from the Network' so that the desktop can pull the image from the Image Server and then to change the same to 'boot from the HDD' after the image is pushed for the installation to start.

We want to do this remotey without going to the each individual desktops. The desktops are not of the same hardware. Our current need is to access and change the BIOS settings remotely, can someone please help?
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did you check if the hardware manufacturer has a tool like that?
I know that Microsoft is preparing such a tool for SMS & Dell Servers.

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Olivier
Answered 01/20/2005 by: olivier
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The hardware manufacturer is varied such as Hp, Compaq, Dell and IBM, I know of OMCI from Dell for dell machines, but looking for other such tools from other manufacturers, but no luck yet.
Answered 01/20/2005 by: japakuya
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sorry, I have no clue how too change the bios settings.
Answered 01/20/2005 by: olivier
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You need to look into WMI.

This is the windows management instrumentation, when used through vb scripts or similar can control pretty much anything.

including the BIOS... Dells management software is based upon WMI.

at our site here we have scripts that basically send out wmi commands to machines to make sure they have the correct wake on lan settings and bios settings for pxe. this allows us (out of hours) to make sure every machine that we need is switched on and able to pxe boot.
Answered 01/20/2005 by: johno
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can you show us a script like that?

That sounds very interesting!

thx
Answered 01/21/2005 by: olivier
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I would suggest utilizing a ghost boot partition for these many different types of systems. You would resolve the issue of having several different types of NICs, and the machines would all accept the xp image and reboot into it after imaging.
Answered 02/18/2005 by: roysmith123
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