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I'm trying to write a script to enable IPMI on a ton of machines without having to hook up a KVM to them one by one. Is it possible to change the BIOS settings from Linux? OS is SL6.

I understand that each machine will likely need to be power cycled, but I can do that programmatically of course.

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The answer is maybe. It almost certainly depends on your hardware. –  Zoredache Apr 11 '13 at 20:58
    
What hardware are you using? On HP servers, BIOS settings can be changed. –  ewwhite Jun 7 '13 at 14:02
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In general, no. There is no standard for how settings are stored, or even what settings there are. This information is proprietary to each individual bios.

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Use:

... to Read

  • dmidecode (tool for dumping a computer's DMI (some say SMBIOS))

... to write

  • http://flashrom.org (tool for identifying, reading, writing, verifying and erasing flash chips....)

  • http://www.coreboot.org (is a Free Software project aimed at replacing the proprietary BIOS (firmware) found in most computers.)

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