Managing and updating your bios
For this guide, I will be using the following naming convention: O780-A15 | O = Opti Plex (Family), 780 = (Model), - A15 = (BIOS Revision)Next, launch the Dell Command | Configure Toolkit Wizard.Although you can configure separate packages for each model in your organization, I recommend creating a multiplatform package that will work with all models.
With that in mind, I want to talk about the server BIOS or firmware.Further, if you are maintaining a cluster of servers (especially a Hyper-V cluster) it is very much a good idea to have the same BIOS revision for supportability and troubleshooting. It would be no fun to see a problem come and go as a VM moves around hosts. Everyday Virtualization It's always a good idea to make sure your hardware firmware and BIOS is updated prior to a major undertaking such as upgrading a server for hypervisor work.Besides, it's not that hard to do in the first place.For this guide, I will be saving my configuration to the following location:\SCS-CFGMGR-MP\SWSTORE\BIOS\Dell CCTK\~Configs Once you save your configuration, navigate to "C:\Program Files (x86)\Dell\Command Configure" and copy the contents of the folder "X86_64" to a location SCCM can access.You will be importing the directory to which you copy these files as a package in SCCM.Open the Configuration Manager Admin Console and navigate to the Software Library applet.Expand the Application Management node and click on the Packages applet.I'm preparing a few upgrades to Windows Server 2012 R2 with the Hyper-V role, and one of the servers will need a BIOS upgrade to get there.Now the good part here is because Hyper-V on this system is installed as a role, I still have the entire Windows UI to install the BIOS upgrade.