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How to Use K1000 to delete BIOS setup and system Passwords ready for BIOS update pushing.

02/01/2018 1308 views
I am trying to use Dell Command | Configure to delete the admin and system passwords from my client BIOS, so that I can push out a BIOS update with K1000.

Is there a way I can do this?

When I try to enable the Apply Settings for the --setuppwd and --syspwd, it doesn't let me have blank fields for the entries.

Or is there a better way of clearing these passwords to prepare for using K1000 to push BIOS updates?

UPDATE (in here instead of comments as it keeps giving me an error when I reply to comments):


Dell don't seem to release DUP files for BIOS updates anymore.  is it possible to pass these passwords into the MI using the normal BIOS updater they provide?
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There is a better way.
You can install the BIOS updates using a Managed Install.
Since the Dell DUP (Dell Update Package) is supporting silent install and password this is the better way.
Please be aware that some BIOS updates are incremental so you cannot jump from A00 to A55 or similar but need a few intermediate steps.
This is provided without support (no Quest, no Dell, not me)

I personally do this always as follows:
1. I have a report which shows the current BIOS versions:
SELECT MACHINE.IP, MACHINE.NAME AS SYSTEM_NAME, CHASSIS_TYPE, CS_MANUFACTURER, CS_MODEL, BIOS_SERIAL_NUMBER, BIOS_VERSION  FROM MACHINE  WHERE ((CS_MANUFACTURER like '%Dell%'))  ORDER BY CS_MANUFACTURER, CS_MODEL, BIOS_VERSION

2. I download the latest (and if nessesary intermediate steps) from the support.dell.com page.

3. I create a smart label for the right BIOS versions. In this example only E6220 systems with a BIOS version of A03 or higher can be updated to the latest A13.
SELECT MACHINE.NAME AS SYSTEM_NAME, SYSTEM_DESCRIPTION, MACHINE.IP, MACHINE.MAC, MACHINE.ID as TOPIC_ID FROM MACHINE  WHERE ((BIOS_VERSION < 'A13') AND (BIOS_VERSION > 'A03') AND (CS_MODEL like '%E6220%'))  

4. create a MI with the right BIOS update:
DUP.exe /s /f /c /p=extremely_secure_BIOS-Password

Answered 02/01/2018 by: Nico_K
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