Changing BIOS Boot Order from Linux Command Line w/out Complete OM Install

Matt Domsch Matt_Domsch at
Wed Mar 17 22:06:25 CDT 2010

On Wed, Mar 17, 2010 at 09:07:49PM -0400, Roehrig, Jack (John) wrote:
>    Does anyone know of a utility that exists that will allow me to modify the
>    BIOS boot order for Dell servers (specifically Poweredge [126][6789]50s
>    and R[4567]10) from the Linux command line? I need a tool that is very
>    non-intrusive, minimal, script-friendly, and will allow me to configure a
>    machine to attempt a network boot before any other devices. I cannot
>    install a full copy of OpenManage on these machines, but am not opposed to
>    using a precompiled binary or making the nvram device. The distributions
>    vary, but all will have Linux 2.[46] kernels.

You want Deployment Toolkit (DTK).  It's available on

Matt Domsch
Technology Strategist, Dell Office of the CTO &

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