remotely configure bios

Sven Ulland sveniu at
Mon Jul 16 05:45:06 CDT 2012

On 07/13/2012 03:50 PM, Gavin W. Burris wrote:
> Can this be done from a Linux kickstart with ipmitool?  If so, what
> do those commands look like?

The closest would probably be the cmos tokens that you can read/write
with various binaries from libsmbios-bin, like dumpCmos,
isCmosTokenActive and activateCmosToken. Good luck finding the Dell
reference for the cmos numbers, though.

On the other hand, the simplest approach would likely be to disable
the onboard nic module from the kernel command line. It's likely that
it's loaded as a module, so you can inform modprobe/kmod that you want
to blacklist a comma-separated list of modules [1]. Add the following
to your pxe Linux kernel command line to blacklist the e1000 module:


If the module is built into the kernel, you'd do


I can't find any reference to whether or not the 'disable' parameter
is a generic one available for any module, or if the module has to
implement it on its own.

[1]: kmod_config: parse kernel command line for options and blacklist


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