Systems Management Question

Automation/Scripting of UEFI BIOS to Legacy?

03/22/2016 1589 views
We have 600 new laptops coming in next week, and I'm planning on switching them to Legacy mode so that I can PXE boot and install a basic Windows 7 WIM image on them. From what I've read, I won't be able to PXE with UEFI enabled, and I'll have to set them to legacy. Is that accurate? If so, I plan on having our techs switch the laptops to legacy so that they can PXE into the K2 to image. Is there any clever ways to automate this? Or what about having a ton of USB drives to boot VIA USB from the UEFI BIOS - will that work?

Thanks :)
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If they are Dell computers then you could automate it using the Dell Command|Configure software, but that means booting the computers into a manageable state first, which probably isn't practical. On our systems when pressing F12 there is an option right in the boot menu to switch to Legacy boot mode which is much faster than going into the BIOS to make the changes manually. Once that is enabled you can press F12 again and select PXE boot from the boot menu.

I also streamlined the process by creating a custom KBE that automatically images a computer with our standard image. We can now just select that KBE and move on to the next computer.
Answered 03/23/2016 by: chucksteel
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  • Thanks for the info. I'll have to play around with it once the machines come in. How did you go about creating a custom KBE for imaging a specific image?
    • I can't find the documentation for the old way but there was a recent post on an easier way to set it up:
      • worked with Corey testing this and it is very handy I plan to have about 6 auto deploys on my boot menu for the most popular images to save the techs time on booting. I put my ini file in the applications directory so the kbe's each call a unique load file. this is a great help to us when we reimage academics every fall. we will have a keep name allsite image for about 80 percent of the machines and this saves time of waiting for the menu or even having to go into the k2 to schedule autodeploys. We use student workers and the newbies can now start images with less chance of picking wrong one.
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