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riiser
2 Bronze

Experience with System Center Update Provider from Dell and BIOS

So, anyone here got experience on that part? Doing BIOS upgrades from the SCUP to 3000+ clients in different shapes? We are implementing SCUP now and I reallty want to upgrade BIOS and its settings a.s.a.p to latest and greatest in prep for Win7. However, Upgrading BIOS - well - It get's MY alarm bells ringing πŸ™‚ and 3000 BIOS upgrades later, we COULD be left with A HUGE pile of junk πŸ™‚
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DELL-Greg R
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RE: Experience with System Center Update Provider from Dell and BIOS

We have updated several thousand bios using SCUP and the Dell Catalog - as always, test test test. . .
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riiser
2 Bronze

RE: Experience with System Center Update Provider from Dell and BIOS

"We have updated several thousand bios using SCUP and the Dell Catalog - as always, test test test. . . "
...how did it go πŸ™‚ lol - and- how did you do your tests?.. Once you tried it on ONE PC... well lets say, I dont know if you can load OLD bios onto it again. and POW, your testmachine is borked.. πŸ™‚ Eh. VMMachines (usual test env.. -duh-) πŸ˜‰
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DELL-Greg R
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RE: Experience with System Center Update Provider from Dell and BIOS

first, we tested on as much real hardware as we can (obviously, can't test in VM) - and yes, you can downgrade your bios to a prevsious version. ONce we finished our testing, we made it available via an option deployment for a while, before eventually making it mandatory (setting a deadline on the update deployment)
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riiser
2 Bronze

RE: Experience with System Center Update Provider from Dell and BIOS

See. Already worth comming here.. I will downgrade BIOS today for testing πŸ˜‰
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sdimas
1 Copper

RE: Experience with System Center Update Provider from Dell and BIOS

One thing i noticed that I found a problem is the very old broadcom driver (if you have broadcom). But the over all roll out was ok. I'm still continue to test ...
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dave787
1 Copper

RE: Experience with System Center Update Provider from Dell and BIOS

While the BIOS deployments thru SCCM have worked pretty well, I have found some issues with the Dell catalog in SCUP. The issue - which my MS contact points directly as a Dell issue - is that the Dell removes old BIOS versions from the catalog without expiring and so SCCM becomes polluted with abandoned old entries leaving no way to expire those entries properly. Your mileage may vary depending by how often you pull down updates in SCUP - last I remember they were recommending quarterly - but I think they make catalog changes much more frequently.
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DELL-Greg R
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RE: Experience with System Center Update Provider from Dell and BIOS

hm- I'm pretty sure the team expires them, but I'll forward your note and see what they tell me.
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dave787
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RE: Experience with System Center Update Provider from Dell and BIOS

As I said, in SCCM I current have old BIOS entries that are no longer in the current SCUP catalog and their status is not expired. So why are they still there? Did I miss a download? Did I download a bad catalog? Or did they get dropped from the catalog without expiring? IMHO they should not only be expired but supersceeded, I realize that is a bit more work but it certainly would be a help as the catalog continues to grow.
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DELL-Greg R
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RE: Experience with System Center Update Provider from Dell and BIOS

I checked with our team - they shouldn't be there - check to see if those old bios appear in SCUP - if they are in SCUP, check to see that Expire=True - once Expire=true, you can re-publish updates to wsus, then run your synch in ConfigMgr - that should make them disappear.

Greg
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