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ThinkPad BIOS Settings Capture/Playback Utility (SRCMOS)
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4.01 16 Dec 2009
ThinkPad stores various BIOS settings in its nonvolatile memory like CMOS or EEPROM. These settings are configured by using the BIOS setup menu. In general, this is done manually by the user. However, from a deployment point of view, the BIOS settings are expected to be common to all machines and to be controlled remotely.
This software is a DOS application for this purpose.

Features:
- Copy BIOS setup data settings
- Copy BIOS secure data settings
- Install and update for power-on password
- Install for hard disk password
- Copy supervisor password.

To use this software, a bootable and read/write-able media (floppy disk, USB memory, CD-RW, etc.) with DOS or Windows 95/98 boot disk installed, and also a device for the media (floppy disk drive, USB port, CD-RW drive, etc.) are necessary.

Supported Systems

Supported Operating System:
- DOS
Additional information
Contents
Summary of changes
Supported Systems
Notes
How to use software
How to use the software with RDM
Determining which version is installed

 

Summary of changes
Version 4.01
  • (New) Added support for ThinkPad W701, W701ds.
  • (New) Added support for ThinkPad X201, X201i, X201s and X201 Tablet.
  • (New) Added support for ThinkPad T410i, T410si and T510i.
  • (New) Added support for ThinkPad T410, T410s, T510, W510.

Click here for a complete list of changes fixed by this driver update.

 

Supported ThinkPad systems:
  • A30, A30p, A31, A31p
  • G40, G41, G50
  • Reserve Edition
  • R31, R32
  • R40, R40e
  • R50, R50p, R50e, R51, R51e, R52
  • R60, R60e, R61, R61e, R61i
  • R400, R500
  • T30, T40, T40p, T41, T41p, T42, T42p, T43, T43p
  • T60, T60p, T61, T61p
  • T400, T400s, T410, T410i, T410s, T410si, T500, T510, T510i
  • W500, W510, W700, W700ds, W701, W701ds
  • X30, X31, X32, X40, X41, X41 Tablet
  • X60, X60s, X60 Tablet, X61, X61s, X61 Tablet
  • X200, X200s, X200 Tablet, X201, X201i, X201s, X201 Tablet, X300, X301
  • Z60m, Z60t, Z61e, Z61m, Z61p, Z61t

 

Notes
  • Both the donor ThinkPad and a target ThinkPad must have the same BIOS Level.
  • Note for ThinkPad R31 users:
    Due to security reason the Remote CMOS Update Utility is unable to edit following BIOS settings:
    • Config -> Network:
      • Wake On LAN
      • Flash Over LAN
      • Alert On LAN 2
      • Watchdog timer at ROM scan
    • Config -> RFID Security:
      • Antenna detection
      • Gate through detection
    • Config -> Processor serial number:
      • Processor serial number
    • Password:
      • Power-on password
      • Supervisor password
      • Lock BIOS Settings
      • Hard disk password
    • Startup:
      • Boot (Boot Priority)
      • Network (Boot Priority for network boot)
      • Boot device List F12 Option
      • Flash BIOS Updating by End-Users

 

How to use software

Note:

  • If your computer runs satisfactorily now, it may not be necessary to update the software. To determine if you should update the software, refer to the Version Information section.
  • A bootable and read/write-able media (floppy disk, USB memory, CD-RW, etc.) with DOS or Windows 95/98 boot disk installed, and also a device for the media (floppy disk drive, USB port, CD-RW drive, etc.) are necessary.
  • If you need to deploy the BIOS settings file to all ThinkPad computers through IBM RDM (Remote Deployment Manager), refer to the How to use the software with RDM section.

 

Capturing BIOS Settings

Do the following procedures at a donor ThinkPad:

Setting up a donor ThinkPad
  1. Turn off the computer.
  2. Turn on the computer.
  3. While an either of the following messages is displayed at the lower-left area of the screen, press the F1 key.
    "To interrupt normal startup, press the blue ThinkVantage button"
    " To interrupt normal startup, press the blue Access IBM button"
    Press F1 for BIOS Setup Utility
    The BIOS Setup Utility menu will be displayed. If a password prompt appears, type the correct password.
  4. Change and save the desired settings as required.
  5. Exit from the BIOS Setup Utility and restart the computer.
  6. Ensure that the donor ThinkPad starts up and functions properly.
Starting capture
  1. Copy SRCMOS.EXE into a bootable and read/write-able media with DOS or Windows 95/98 boot disk installed.
  2. Insert the media in its device, then power on and boot the computer with the media.
  3. When the logo screen appears, press the Esc key. The screen mode will change to the text mode.
    Note: This step is not required for the following systems:
    • G50
    • Reserve Edition
    • R60, R60e, R61, R61e
    • R400
    • R500
    • T60, T60p, T61, T61p
    • T400, T400s, T410, T410s
    • T410i, T410si
    • T500, T510, T510i
    • W500, W510
    • W700, W700ds, W701, W701ds
    • X60, X60s, X60 Tablet, X61, X61s, X61 Tablet
    • X200, X200s, X200 Tablet
    • X201, X201i, X201s, X201 Tablet
    • X300, X301
    • Z61e, Z61m, Z61p, Z61t
  4. At the command line, execute SRCMOS.EXE with the /c option. Example: SRCMOS.EXE \path\file_name /c
    Where \path\file_name is the path and file name of BIOS Settings file to be created.
Capture options

WARNING: This process creates an intermediate file that contains the power-on password, hard disk password and a pointer to the system that these passwords are intended to be installed on. Be sure to treat this intermediate file as a potential security exposure that exists until the reset process is complete. Be sure to transmit the file securely to the target system and to destroy the file when finished. Examples of secure transmission include carrying the file on removable media to the target system or encrypting the file before transmission over the network to the target system.

[Secure data and Supervisor password]

  • SRCMOS can capture BIOS secure data that includes a supervisor password.
    The captured data has an encrypted supervisor password of the donor ThinkPad. To capture the supervisor password, add the /kpap option to enter the password by the keyboard.
    Example: SRCMOS.EXE \path\file_name /c /kpap
  • You must use the level of BIOS ID in the following table for this function. If you use a former level of BIOS ID, you must add the /e option when capturing donor BIOS settings. SRCMOS will not attempt to read secure data.
    Example: SRCMOS.EXE \path\file_name /c /e
    You have no need to use the /e option at the target ThinkPad computers.

[UIA (User Information Area) Data]

  • To save UIA data, add the /UIA option.
    Example: SRCMOS.EXE \path\file_name /c /UIA
    You have no need to use the /e option at the target ThinkPad computers.

[Power-on password and Hard disk password]

  • SRCMOS with some ThinkPad computers can deploy power-on password and hard disk password. To use this function, you must use the level of BIOS ID in the following table for this function. To set the power-on password and hard disk password at the target ThinkPad computers, create a password.txt file (any name), add the /EP password.txt options.
    Example: SRCMOS.EXE \path\file_name /c /EP password.txt
    Where password.txt contains the names of BIOS settings files for each of target ThinkPad computers, the power-on password and the hard disk password. "Sample.txt" shows the format of .csv file.
  • If the supervisor password is set on a donor ThinkPad, add the /kpap option to enter the password by the keyboard.
    Example: SRCMOS.EXE \path\file_name /c /kpap /EP password.txt
    In this case, the BIOS Settings file contains a supervisor password.

 

Playing Back BIOS Settings

Do the following procedures at a target ThinkPad:

Starting Playback

Notes:

  • [Secure data and Supervisor password]
    • If the target computer already has a supervisor password, add the /kpap option to enter the supervisor password by keyboard:
      Example: SRCMOS.EXE \path\file_name /u /kpap
      You must use the level of BIOS ID in the following table for this function.
  • [Power-on password and Hard disk password]
    • If the target computer already has a power-on password and/or a hard disk password, you can not set the passwords by SRCMOS. You must remove the passwords by BIOS Setup Utility at the target computer.
      You must use the level of BIOS ID in the following table for this function.
  1. Copy the BIOS Settings file in the step10 of the "Capturing BIOS Settings" section into the media in the step 7, as well.
  2. Insert the media in its device, then power on and boot the computer with the media.
  3. At the command line, execute SRCMOS.EXE with the /u option. Example: SRCMOS.EXE \path\file_name /u
    Where \path\file_name is the path and file name of BIOS Settings file.
  4. The computer restarts automatically. After restart, the computer will shut down automatically at ThinkPad logo screen.

 

ThinkPad systemSecure Data & Supervisor Password SupportPower-on Password & Hard Disk Password Support
A30, A30p1EET54WW or higherNot supported
A31, A31p1GET29WW or higherNot supported
G40All BIOS IDsNot supported
- G41,
- G50
All BIOS IDsAll BIOS IDs
R31Not supportedNot supported
R321MET55WW or higherNot supported
R40, R40eAll BIOS IDsNot supported
- Reserve Edition
- R50, R50p, R50e
- R51, R51e, R52
- R60, R60e
- R61, R61e, R61i
All BIOS IDsAll BIOS IDs
- R400, R500All BIOS IDsAll BIOS IDs
T301IET27WW or higherNot supported
T40, T40pAll BIOS IDs1RET68WW or higher
- T41, T41p
- T42, T42p
- T43, T43p
- T60, T60p
- T61, T61p
All BIOS IDsAll BIOS IDs
- T400, T400s, T410, T410i, T410s, T410si
- T500, T510, T510i
- W500, W510
- W700, W700ds, W701, W701ds
All BIOS IDsAll BIOS IDs
X30All BIOS IDsNot supported
X31, X32All BIOS IDs1QET61WW or higher
- X40, X41, X41 Tablet
- X60, X60s, X60 Tablet
- X61, X61s, X61 Tablet
All BIOS IDsAll BIOS IDs
- X200, X200s, X200 Tablet,
- X201, X201i, X201s, X201 Tablet,
- X300, X301
All BIOS IDsAll BIOS IDs
Z60m, Z60t1MET55WW or higherAll BIOS IDs
Z61e, Z61m, Z61p, Z61tAll BIOS IDsAll BIOS IDs

 

How to use the software with RDM

The following information is a supplement of CMOS Update of Chapter 3. RDM Tasks in "Remote Deployment Manager 4.x Operations Guide" when CMOS update on ThinkPad using RDM is performed.

Creating a CMOS Settings Image (for ThinkPad system user)
  1. At a donor workstation:
    1. Start up the workstation and access the BIOS Setup. (Press the F1 key during the power-on self-test (POST))
    2. Change and save the desired settings as required.
    3. Exit from the Easy-setup program and restart the workstation. Ensure that the workstation starts up and functions properly.

  2. Rename the SRCMOS.EXE.
    SRCMOS + xx + .EXE
    xx: system board identifier (two characters)

    How to get BIOS identifier:
    1. Start up the workstation and access the BIOS Setup.
    2. The following two characters 'XX' of BIOS Version is BIOS identifier. BIOS Version 0.00a (XXETnnWW)

  3. Use the SRCMOSxx.EXE program to save the current settings of the donor workstation to a file named with the .CMS extension.
    1. Copy SRCMOSxx.EXE into a bootable and read/write-able media with DOS or Windows 95/98 boot disk installed.
    2. Insert the media in its device, then power on and boot the workstation with the media.
    3. When the logo screen appears, press the Esc key. The screen mode will change to the text mode.
      Note: This step is not required for the following systems:
      • G50
      • Reserve Edition
      • R60, R60e, R61, R61e
      • R400, R500
      • T60, T60p, T61, T61p
      • T400, T400s, T410, T410i, T410s, T410si
      • T500, T510, T510i
      • W500, W510, W700, W700ds, W701, W701ds
      • X60, X60s, X60 Tablet, X61, X61s, X61 Tablet
      • X200, X200s, X200 Tablet
      • X201, X201i, X201s, X201 Tablet
      • X300, X301
      • Z61e, Z61m, Z61p, Z61t

    4. Execute the SRCMOSxx.EXE with the correct parameters.
      At a Command Prompt, type: SRCMOSxx \path\file_name.CMS /c
      If the donor system has a supervisor password: (This option is not applicable for ThinkPad R31) use:
      SRCMOSxx \path\file_name.cms /kpap
      The password prompt will appear. Type correct password and press enter.

      If you capture the data of the system that has a supervisor password, the captured data will have an encrypted supervisor password of the donor system.

  4. Create CMOS Update image on RDM server.

    [For RDM version 4.1 or newer]

    1. Prepare BIOS Update diskette or bootable CD for target system.
      Note:
      For Bootable CD, use CD-RW media.
    2. Copy SRCMOSxx.EXE into the BIOS diskette or the CD-RW.
      Note: For bootable CD, append SRCMOSxx.EXE to CD-RW.
    3. Create a Firmware Flash image of the BIOS Update media.
      Using the Image management menu click Tasks, then click Remote Deployment Manager.
    4. Copy the CMOS setting file into the appropriate folder (directory) on the RDM server.
    5. Create a CMOS setting image on the RDM server.
      Using the Image management menu click Tasks, then click Remote Deployment Manager.
      Select the CMOS setting file name in "Enter CMOS Clone file" field.


    [For RDM version 3.2 or earlier]

    1. Copy SRCMOSxx.EXE and the .CMS file to the corresponding folder (directory) on your server which is named:
      C:\RDM_install_dir\BIOS\Flash_BIOS_Name
      Where the 'Flash_BIOS_Name' folder(directory) is the name of the BIOS level on your donor workstation (unless this was changed by the system administrator during the Read BIOS Flash diskette process).

    Note: When you are not able to get the BIOS update diskette using RDM version 3.2 or earlier: You can store CMOS setting files and SRCMOSxx.EXE using the following steps.

    1. Check the "Current BIOS Level" of the Maintenance page of the Individual Client Details notebook.
    2. Create the directory under the \RDM_install_dir\BIOS which has the same name of the "Current BIOS Level".
      For example, if the "Current BIOS Level" is IBUJ01WW, the required folder (directory) is:
      \RDM_installed_dir\BIOS\IBUJ01WW
    3. Copy SRCMOSxx.EXE and the .CMS file to the above directory.
    4. You must uncheck the Update BIOS check box of the Maintenance page. (Check the Update CMOS with file check box only)

    [From Ver. 3.11]
    SRCMOS can support:
    1. Distribution of supervisor password, and
    2. Distribute cmos data to the target systems that have supervisor password.

    To use these features, you must apply "RDM 3.1.01 Patch 1" to your RDM system.

    1. Distribute supervisor password from donor to targets
      If the donor system has a supervisor password, the captured data file (.cms file) from the system contain an encrypted supervisor password of the donor system.
      If you distribute this data by RDM, the supervisor password of the target systems will be updated.
    2. Distribute cmos data to the system that has supervisor password
      If the target system already has supervisor password, you must set the password to RDM Console pages:
      1. Open RDM main console.
      2. Select the target system from tree view and double-click.
      3. "Individual System Details" page should appear. Select the Maintenance tab.
      4. Enter the supervisor password in the "BIOS Admin Password" edit box.
      5. Uncheck the "Update BIOS Admin Password" checkbox.


      Note:
      ThinkPad systems do not support "Update BIOS Admin Password" on the RDM Console. ThinkPad systems only support "Distribute" the supervisor password from donor to target by .cms file.

RDM is available on the IBM Web site.
From the main RDM Web site there will be a link to the IBM Support pages and the downloadable fixes.

 

Determining which version is installed

Run SRCMOS.EXE with no parameters. The version information is displayed on the screen.



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