How to Update the Firmware for a Computer Using Out of Band Management
Applies To: System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2
You might be able to remotely update the firmware for a computer in Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 and later if the computer has been provisioned for AMT, and the firmware or BIOS update supports installation from a character-based operating system.
The information in this topic applies only to Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 and later.
Before installing firmware or BIOS upgrades on computers, consult the manufacturer's installation instructions and ensure that remote installation will be supported. For example, if the instructions for upgrading the firmware include disabling AMT, installation by using out of band management with AMT management controllers will not be possible.
This procedure also requires both of the following:
A file to run the firmware update, which can be located from either a network share or is locally available to the computer (for example, has been installed onto the local hard drive using Configuration Manager software distribution).
A boot image that runs a character-based operating system.
To use this option, the out of band management component must be configured with the option Enable serial over LAN and IDE redirection in the following location: Out of Band Management Properties: AMT Settings Tab.
This out of band management option uses serial-over-LAN technology and runs a terminal emulation session within the out of band management console so that you can remotely view and interact with the computer output.
Use the following procedure to run a serial over LAN connection to a computer so that you can remotely update the firmware for a computer.
To update the firmware for a computer by using out of band management
Connect to the resource by using the out of band management console.
If you need to change the default terminal emulation type from PC ANSI to VT-100 to match the terminal emulation settings in the target computer's BIOS, click Tools, click Options, select VT-100, and then click OK.
Click Serial Connection For Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 only, click Open Serial-over-LAN, and then click Yes to acknowledge the warning about disconnecting a wireless connection. Wait for the computer to complete startup, with the command prompt displayed.
Click Power Control, and from the displayed list of options for Boot Option, select the option that refers to IDE redirection.
Click Boot from local drive or Boot from file, and ensure that the default value associated with the specified option is correct for the computer. If you want to use another value, click the drop-down menu for the local drive, or click Browse to select the path and file name that contains the image file that you want to use.
Click Power On if the power state of the computer is off, or click Restart Computer if the power state of the computer is on.
Click inside the blank window to activate the remote display session.
Run the firmware file.
When the update is complete, click Power Control, and then choose one of the following options:
To restart the computer, select the option that refers to normal boot from the displayed list of options for Boot Option, and then click Restart Computer.
To power down the computer, click Power Off.
If you have finished managing the computer, choose one of the following options:
To disconnect from the computer and close the out of band management console, click File and then click Exit.
To disconnect from the computer but leave the out of band management console running so that you can reconnect to it later, click File and then click Disconnect.
For additional information, see Configuration Manager 2007 Information and Support.
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