BIOS, Deployment, Hardware, UEFI

Downgrade TPM 2.0 to TPM 1.2 for Dell Devices

Dell devices with TPM at the 2.0 level will not build on legacy BIOS systems.

A solution around this is to downgrade the TPM to 1.2 level.

This can be done using the Dell provided TPM firmware update utility.

Have a look here for the details:

Administration, Applications, Configuration Manager 2012, Deployment, Drivers, Hardware, System Center, Task Sequence, WMI

Configuration Manager OSD Task Sequence WMI Queries

During your OSD Task Sequence you may want to determine whether the machine is a laptop or not, install software to a specific machine name format, or install drivers to only specific models of laptops.  For this you can use the WMI Query Condition within the Tasks of your Task Sequence.  A great tool to look up what can be queried from of WMI is WMICodeCreator and is provided by Microsoft.


Laptop Hardware: Select * FROM Win32_Battery WHERE Chemistry > 3

Computer Model:  Select * FROM Win32_ComputerSystem WHERE Model like ‘%latitude%5400%’

Computer Name:  Select * FROM Win32_ComputerSystem WHERE Name like ‘CH%’ or Name like ‘AR%’

Deployment, Hardware, Task Sequence

PXE Boot on a Samsung Slate

Setting up PXE boot on a Samsung Slate:

  1. Power on the Slate using the Power Button then press the Home Button (with Windows logo) once.
  2. Wait for the boot options menu.
  3. Go down with the Volume Down button to the last option Enter Setup.
  4. Go to the Boot tab. (To navigate left and right can be done with the Volume Buttons while holding the Rotation Lock Button.)
  5. Enable PXE OPROM.
  6. Go to the Exit tab and select Save Changes and Reset.
  7. The device will reboot, then hit the Home Button again.
  8. Now you can PXE boot from the network.