Configuring Lenovo BIOS WMI Interface devices

Ivanti® Endpoint Manager includes management integration with Lenovo devices that support using Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) through the Lenovo client management interface.

When the Endpoint Manager discovers Lenovo BIOS WMI Interface devices, a BIOS configuration tool is enabled in the Configure menu of the console, giving you the ability to change BIOS settings of those Lenovo devices.

The configuration process

When you open the Lenovo BIOS configuration tool, the default settings that are listed are taken from a Lenovo BIOS WMI Interface device in your All devices list. If you select a device first, that device's settings will be used to populate the list of BIOS settings. If you don't select a device, the tool will take the first Lenovo BIOS WMI Interface device it finds and use its settings.

The BIOS Settings Configuration dialog box lists the BIOS settings that you can change. The current status of each setting is listed, and a New setting column lets you select different settings. In addition, you can select Load default BIOS settings to restore the factory default settings on the selected devices.

After you configure these settings, they are saved as a software distribution package. You can then distribute this package to one or more Lenovo BIOS WMI Interface devices that you manage.

NOTE: If you don't see the settings that you want to change, those settings may not have been available on the Lenovo device that was used to populate the list. Try selecting a different managed device and then click Configure > Lenovo BIOS configuration to populate the list with the new device's settings. Laptop device BIOS settings are different from desktop device settings.

CAUTION: There are many possible BIOS settings that can be configured using this tool. In some cases, BIOS settings on one Lenovo device may not be available in the BIOS of another device. You should be careful to select compatible devices when you create a Lenvo configuration and distribute it to different devices. If the configuration contains BIOS settings that are incompatible with one of the target devices, unpredictable results may occur.

To configure bios settings for Lenovo BIOS WMI Interface devices
  1. If you want to specify which Lenovo device to use to populate the list of settings, select that device in the All devices list.
  2. Click Configure > Lenovo BIOS configuration.
  3. To apply only the BIOS settings that you modify in the list, select Apply only modified settings to targeted clients. To apply the full set of BIOS settings to the targeted devices, select Apply all settings to targeted clients.
  4. In the list of BIOS settings, change the setting for each item you want to modify. In the New setting column, click the down arrow to select from a list of options.
  5. If the administrator has specified a password for the targeted device or devices, type the password and confirm it.
  6. Click OK to save the configuration.
    A distribution package is created with the settings you have changed. To apply the configuration to Lenovo BIOS WMI Interface devices you manage, schedule the distribution package to the targeted devices.
  7. Click Tools > Distribution > Distribution Packages.
  8. Select the package in the All packages list. It is named Lenovo BIOS Settings - <date - time>.
    You can rename the package to identify which settings are configured, or to describe which devices it applies to.
  9. Right-click the package and select Create scheduled task.
  10. The package is listed in the Scheduled tasks tool. From the network view, drag each Lenovo device onto the Lenovo package.
  11. Right-click the package and select Properties to view the package properties.
  12. Click Delivery method and select Push as the Delivery type, then select Standard push distribution as the Delivery method. Click Save.
  13. Right-click the package and select Start now.
    As the distribution task progresses, the package status will change. When the distribution has completed, it will show the number of devices that were successful or that failed in the distribution task.

After the package has successfully been distributed, restarting the devices you reconfigured will cause the changes to take effect. The changes will appear in BIOS setup only after the next inventory scan is performed on the client devices.