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    As previously announced, we adopted a new Dell Updates framework starting in the KACE Systems Management Appliance (SMA) release 11.1. This change was triggered by Dell’s plan to end of life the framework previously used by KACE. This new framework developed by Dell is supposed to bring additional capabilities as it matures. We are keeping a close eye on these incremental improvements made by Dell and are hopeful that things like mass passing of passwords will come in time to develop against.

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    bwilkerson217 commented  · 

    I do this all the time. In fact I made exe's with the Dell Client Configuration Utility that goes out to all Dell Computers and sets the BIOS Settings (Password, Boot Order, PXE, etc..) and then I just make managed installs to update the BIOS.

    Using smart labels I search for certain models that are not of a certain BIOS level and then attach the install to that label. It is a bit of a process to set up initially but once set up it works great. I have to primary exes that I script (one for desktops and one for laptops) to set BIOS settings so any new dell computer will automatically get the appropriate bios settings once the agent is installed.

    Then with the labels and BIOS Managed installs all I have to do is update the smart label with the new BIOS revision I want to search for and update the install with the new BIOS Install file.

    Someone already linked to information on how to install a BIOS to a computer with a password which is similar to what I do. If you search on itninja.com for DCCU or Dell Client Configuration Utility you may find helpful information on how to script out setting BIOS settings automatically too.

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