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My company currently uses Lenovo machines for both workstation and laptop users.  Out of this, we have about 5 different laptop models and 3 different workstation models euqaling approx. 1200+ computers.  All of these computers are spread out across 4 different global locations, but are all on the same domain / network.

Recently, I found out that there are a couple of changes that need to be made in each of their BIOSs.  There include modifying the following settings:
- Boot Sequence
- PXE Settings
- Virtualization Settings
- Intel vPro

I'm already testing an app from Intel which looks like it will take care of the vPro - but - is there anything that I can use to remotely configure the other settings in the BIOS?  

Surely there's an app, web interface, or at minimum a command line string / batch which upon startup will change settings.  The app is preferred, though.

Any suggestions would be appreciated - Thanks!

asked 12/06/2011 05:40

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7 Answers:
Your answer is it cannot be done.
This is because you can only enter the BIOS during startup & your PCs are do not join the same domain / network until the OS has booted.

Hpe ths hlps.

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Michael-Best

For a small number of machines, you could use a KVM over IP device, which will let you control a remote PC as if you were in front of it, but for 1200+ machines, that would be difficult.  Newer machines have motherboards whose BIOS can be modified by a Windows app, but you would have to have all your machines from the same manufacturer - it's Dell's Open Manage software, or their later Dell Management Console.
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answered 2011-12-07 at 04:57:11

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Callandor

Callandor I did not consider adding the infomation you have offered in my first comment because the question clearly stated:

 "5 different laptop models and 3 different workstation models euqaling approx. 1200+ computers.  All of these computers are spread out across 4 different global locations"

Which clearly rules out using:
KVM & Dell's Open Manage software, or their later Dell Management Console.
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answered 2011-12-07 at 05:57:01

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Michael-Best

I don't see anything wrong with mentioning possibilities that would work under different conditions, because I clearly stated what those conditions are.  Educating question askers is not a bad thing.
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answered 2011-12-07 at 06:07:47

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Callandor

Thanks Guys -

Besides Callandor's answers, I can't say I'm impressed with what has been posted.  

Michael-Best::  Yes, a few years ago the only way to edit BIOS settings was to directly boot to it from the physical machine.  However - this is no longer the case by any means.  Thanks for the "answer", but many other users may have given up after reading it.  Please try to know a bit about a topic before answering it.

I was able to find methods on my own which DOES allow remote BIOS mangement for Lenovo computers.  Links are below for future use / people.

Thanks

http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/detail.page?LegacyDocID=MIGR-68488

http://download.lenovo.com/ibmdl/pub/pc/pccbbs/thinkcentre_pdf/wmi_dtdeploymentguide.pdf
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answered 2011-12-07 at 09:28:09

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BenKellermann

Had to figure it out myself...

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answered 2011-12-07 at 10:14:19

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BenKellermann

I took "5 different laptop models" as meanining 5 brands? not being all Lenovo...

If my mistake did not impress you, then I am sorry.
I reside in Tokyo, Japan, thus to answer USA questions, I must stay up all night with no sleep, thus I make mistakes sometimes.

Remember we are vounteers...not paid for our time & help.

Thank you for your feedback.
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answered 2011-12-07 at 10:14:49

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Michael-Best

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