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The Dell Command |Configure |Power | Monitor| Update Utilities Software Overview

Summary: This article is an overview of the various Dell Command utilities and links to the latest user guides available on the Dell Support Site.

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The following article is an overview of the Dell Command | Configure, Power, Monitor, and Update Utilities. It links to the latest information available about them on the Dell support site.




Dell Command | Configure, Command | Power, Command | Monitor and Command | Update are packaged software utilities that provide configuration capability to business client systems. These products consist of a Command Line Interface (CLI) and Graphical User Interface (GUI) to configure various BIOS features.

You can use the Utilities on the following Operating Systems:

  • Microsoft® Windows® Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE)
  • Windows® Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 10
  • Red Hat® Enterprise® Linux environments

This article is only an overview of this particular software. Use the link below to go to the portal on the Dell support site where you can get further information:

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Software Overview


Command | Configure (Formerly Client Configuration Toolkit)

Dell Command | Configure is a packaged software that provides configuration capability to business client systems. You can configure the client systems using a Graphical User Interface (GUI) or a Command Line Interface (CLI).

For more information about CLI, read the Dell Command | Configure Command Line Interface Reference Guide.

You can use Dell Command | Configure in the following Environments:

  • Microsoft® Windows® Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE)
  • Windows® Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 10
  • Red Hat® Enterprise® Linux environments
SLN296821_en_US__1icon Note: Dell Command | Configure was formerly Dell Client Configuration Toolkit (CCTK). After the CCTK version 2.2.1, CCTK is rebranded as Dell Command | Configure.

Command | Power Manager

Dell Command | Power Manager software provides simplified and efficient power management capabilities for Dell notebooks and tablets running:

  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8
  • Windows 10

Command | Monitor (formerly OpenManage Client Instrumentation)

Dell Command | Monitor manages client systems using the Common Information Model (CIM) standard and Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), which are management protocols. This reduces the total cost of ownership, improves security. It provides a holistic approach managing all the devices in a network including the following devices:

  • Clients
  • Servers
  • Storage
  • Networking
  • Software

Using CIM you can access Dell Command | Monitor through Web Services for Management Standards (WSMAN).

Dell Command | Monitor contains the underlying driver set that collects client system information from different sources.

These include:

  • BIOS
  • CMOS
  • SMBIOS (System Management BIOS)
  • SMI (System Management Interface)
  • Operating System
  • APIs (Application Programming Interface)
  • DLLs (Dynamic-Link Library)
  • Registry Settings

Dell Command | Monitor retrieves this information through the CIM Object Manager (CIMOM) interface, Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) stack, or SNMP agent.

Dell Command | Monitor enables IT-Administrators to remotely collect asset information. They can modify CMOS settings, receive proactive notifications about potential fault conditions, and get alerts for potential security breaches. These alerts are available as events in the event log, CIM Indication. They are received as SNMP traps after importing the Management Information Base (MIB) file and monitoring it.

Dell Command | Monitor is used to gather an asset inventory from the system including BIOS settings, through CIM implementation or SNMP agent. It can be integrated into a console such as Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager by directly accessing the CIM information. Alternatively, through other console vendors who have implemented the Dell Command | Monitor integration. You can create custom scripts to target key areas of interest. You can use these scripts to monitor inventory, BIOS settings, and system health.

SLN296821_en_US__1icon Note: Default installation does not enable SNMP support. For more information about enabling SNMP support, read the Dell Command | Monitor Installation Guide.

Command | Update

Dell Command | Update is an easy-to-use Graphical User Interface (GUI) and Command Line Interface (CLI) tool. You can use it to update Dell client systems with the latest drivers, BIOS, and firmware. It is a one-to-one standalone utility.

The advantages of using Dell Command | Update are:

  • Simplifies system management and the update process for Dell client systems.
  • The tool’s easy-to-use CLI can be used for automating driver installation and updates.
  • Provides an easy-to-use GUI, which helps in identifying and applying appropriate drivers and updates for the system.
SLN296821_en_US__1icon Note: To run the Dell Command | Update utility, .NET 4.0 or a later version is required.

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Inspiron, Latitude, Vostro, XPS, Retired Models

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21 Feb 2021



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