January 2019’s free System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) report is the BIOS Dashboard. Get it here!
Why do you need this report? Keep reading below!
Are you still struggling to get a handle on your Meltdown and Spectre security vulnerabilities? Don’t feel bad because you are not alone. Many companies are grappling with these security issues. Part of the solution involves updating the computer BIOS, but if you don’t know which computers to target, where do you even start?
Instead of trying to figure out which computers have an updated BIOS, maybe you’re trying to determine which ones are using Secure Boot with Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI)? Or, maybe you’re trying to put together a list of computers that have UEFI enabled, but secure boot is disabled.
The good news, if you are using SCCM Current Branch 1802 or later, is that SCCM is already inventorying BIOS, Secure Boot and UEFI data, but the bad news is that there are no built-in reports to make sense of this data. In place of a report, you are forced to examine each computer yourself. We don’t need to tell you that this is a very time-consuming task!
Solution: BIOS Dashboard
Once installed, the BIOS Dashboard leverages the most recent information about BIOS and firmware details found on each computer. This data is then processed into understandable results and displayed in our easy-to-read dashboard. With the color green representing the most secure computers and the color red denoting the ones you need to take a look at, you will know in an instant how many computers have a BIOS date before Jan. 1, 2018 (prior to Meltdown and Spectre) and how many computers are using UEFI and Secure Boot.
As a bonus feature, the dashboard displays the names of computers with recent BIOS updates and flags computers using UEFI without Secure Boot! You can also limit the dashboard results to a specific SCCM collection, this is a feature that’s available in most of Enhansoft Reporting’s dashboards/reports.
UEFI can have two results where UEFI is either enabled, UEFI, or it is disabled, Legacy.
Secure Boot can have two results where Secure Boot is either enabled, Secure Boot, or it is disabled, Legacy Boot or Disabled Secure Boot.
Enhansoft Reporting – BIOS Dashboard
The BIOS Dashboard is found within Enhansoft Reporting’s security category. This new category of dashboards and reports provides you with information about security-related settings which do not fall under our Endpoint Protection or Software Update categories.
As part of this dashboard set there are two companion reports. They are:
List of Computers by BIOS Setting – This report shows a list of computers by three possible BIOS settings: BIOS Date, UEFI or Secure Boot. Each setting prompt (BIOS Date, UEFI and Secure Boot) allows you to select whether you see the enabled results, the disabled results or both results together.
BIOS Details for a Computer – This report gives you all of the BIOS settings for a given computer along with any BIOS upgrade details.
Would you find it useful to have all of these BIOS details in one report? Then get the BIOS Dashboard NOW!
All of our free reports have the Role-Based Administration (RBA) feature enabled. This means that if you are using Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager or above, these reports will work with all RBA settings.
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