For example, the system administrator and the target system may include Dell Computer Corporation’s Open Manager Software. If the flag has not been set, the system will proceed with a normal reboot step Among many other things, the storage device contains one or more operating systems and a partition dedicated to storing code and instructions for providing an interface between the operating system s and firmware. A computer system is also provided wherein the computer system is a network, and is coupled to at least one centralized computer system in said network via a communication link. During a soft reboot the contents of system memory are maintained throughout the soft reboot procedure. Typically, both the system administrator and the remote system will include software for performing such updating functions.
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The EFI partition is dedicated to the booting environment, and stores, for example operating system loaders.
In yet another embodiment, the method further includes the steps of, prior to the replacing step, retrieving the updated BIOS from the predetermined partition in the storage device, and validating the updated BIOS. This is accomplished for example by issuing a system reset command. System and method delp performing remote BIOS updates. If not, BIOS updating procedures will cease, and the system will execute a normal system reboot.
There are many occasions on which it devicw desirable to update the system BIOS. In these systems, no soft reboot is available and the contents of the system memory are lost during a system reboot.
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The computer system also includes system memory associated with the CPU, which typically consists of random access memory RAMand one or more writable non-volatile storage devicessuch as a hard disk drive. The system and method is further advantageous in dfvice it does not require any BIOS specific code to support it, dsll therefore, can be implemented in the same manner for many computer systems having different firmware.
Although the present invention has been described in deevice, it should be understood that various changes, substitutions and alterations can be made hereto without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as defined by the appended claims. Computer system having flash memory BIOS which can be accessed remotely while protected mode operating system is running.
This predetermined location may be any directory previously established for the purpose of remote BIOS updating, such as a utility directory or the like. Next, at stepthe system management agent directs the target system to reboot. Click for automatic bibliography generation. For example, the system administrator and the target system may include Dell Computer Corporation’s Open Manager Software.
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According to yet another embodiment, before the computer system replaces the updated BIOS, it is further capable of retrieving the updated BIOS from the partition of the storage device, and validating the updated BIOS. Method and computer for locally and remotely updating a basic input output system BIOS utilizing one update file. United States Patent During the rebooting step the computer system determines that the BIOS update indicator has been set.
A system and method for remotely updating a system BIOS.
In yet another embodiment the in the retrieving step the updated BIOS is located using the storage location identifier. Typically, both the system administrator and the remote system will include software for performing such updating functions. The updated BIOS image is received by an operating system module, such as the system management agent, and loaded into a predetermined location in the dedicated partition of storage devicesuch as the EFI partition, at step Deviec, it is also desirable to remotely update the system BIOS.
The system administrator sends the updated BIOS image over communication link to rbi target system. The computer system includes a central processing unit, a system BIOS, and a writable non-volatile storage device.
The system BIOS is stored in system memory, typically in non-volatile memory such as flash memory. System and method for ensuring proper execution of scheduled file updates.
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Search Expert Search Quick Search. According to one embodiment, the method further includes the step of, after the replacing step, resetting the BIOS update indicator.
The above method for remotely updating a system BIOS is possible only in computer systems capable of executing deviice soft reboot where the contents of the system memory are maintained throughout the soft reboot. Although advantageous, the completion status message is also problematic because it requires accessing the system BIOS during the booting procedure, which requires additional BIOS interface code.
In addition, the BIOS will place a completion status indicator step in the dedicated partition and subsequently initiate another reboot at step This application is a continuation of application Ser. Following successful loading ebu the operating system, the user will be able to take advantage of all features and functionality offered by or through the operating system.
Accordingly, need exists for a new system and method for remotely updating a system BIOS for these types of computer systems.