Using Dell Tools with SCCM
Dell has two very interesting tools to integrate with SCCM.
The first is the Dell Command | Set that allows you to create executable files to configure your company’s desktops and notebooks. Available at http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/enterprise-client/w/wiki/7532.dell-command-configure
The second is the Dell Command | Warranty that brings online warranty data, customer service and purchase of each equipment registered in SCCM. Available at http://en.community.dell.com/techcenter/extras/m/mediagallery/20441033/download
Dell Command | Configure
It is necessary to have standardized security companies, specific options on the machines or standardization of features. For example, enable PXE, TPM, BIOS change password, boot order, power saving options, disable HW features (plates, USB, eSata) and any other existing options in the BIOS.
This tool is very simple to install and use, as can be seen the main screen of the authoring console, the settings options:
- Create a package for any equipment which may be non-existent options in all the company’s equipment
- Create a package based on equipment location, where only what is the template that is being used for the console appears, useful when all equipment are standardized
- Open a package already created to edit or clone
- History of the packages created, edited and exported
To start creating a package simply click the Edit button and select the desired option:
In this case I set the boot order of the machines to avoid it being used the DVD or USB as primary boot. Note that the console have the Add Device button that allows you to configure all kinds of device, in the desired order.
After the edits, just click on the button Export Config to save the package in order to then be able to change it or Export. EXE to generate the executable and the sh file containing the metadata to be imported into the CONFIGURATION MANAGER:
Soon after generating the executable, the next step is in the SCCM console use the Import button Dell Command | Configure Package as the image below shows. Important to remember that the two folders within Packages are created by the installer:
Once created the package, unless the executable and imported into SCCM the process is just like any other package, making the Deploy to the collections that you want to configure the BIOS.
To download and install the Dell Warranty it creates a shortcut that opens a command window, since the tool has no graphical interface from Dell. Below includes the graphical tool link from Microsoft available on TechNet Library:
Note in the window above the first command serves to indicate where is the data through the SCCM database. Below the DellWarranty-CLI command makes the link to the SCCM database:
In the sequel we can ask for the utility with the command DellWarranty-CLI bring all warranty data, as the image below demonstrates with the result in CSV:
Can be seen in details such as type of purchase, complete model, guarantee, warranty and service, etc.
With the Dell Warranty Extension tool available in https://gallery.technet.microsoft.com/Dell-Warranty-SCCM-4fa83b46 you can view this data by right-clicking the equipment: