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This post covers the steps to deploy dell command update using SCCM. The Dell command update downloads and installs the latest drivers, BIOS, firmware, and Dell software applications. If you own a dell laptop and would want to update your device drivers, you can use DCU software. I have seen many organizations using this software to deploy drivers to dell laptops. Most of all if you own a dell laptop, you can download this software and use it. But if you want to deploy this software to thousands of laptops, we can make use of SCCM do that.
So what’s so big deal in deploying this software using SCCM ?. Before I packaged the app, i read the dell command update user guide. Under installation section, i saw there was an install command. However i couldn’t find the command to uninstall dell command update. I tried many ways to get the uninstall command but somehow i couldn’t. Therefore i decided to go with another way to deploy dell command update using SCCM.
How to Deploy Dell Command Update using SCCM
Here are the steps to deploy dell command update using SCCM. We will not use the executable file for deployment. Rather we will extract msi file out of that executable. First of all download the latest version of dell command update from here. Copy the setup file inside sources folder. Using 7z or Winrar, right click the executable and extract to a folder. Within the folder you now see more files. Right click DCU_Setup executable and run as administrator. We will not install this app, we are just running the executable.
While you see the application installation window, do not continue with the application setup. Open temp folder and look for a text file named as MSI8527e (sort by date modified). Open that temp file with CMTrace log viewer.
Now look for a line that shows the path to msi file. Refer the screenshot below. Copy the path and locate the msi file.
Yes that’s the msi file that we need for deployment. Grab that file and copy it over to sources folder.
Now that we got msi file, packaging this app is much easier using SCCM. Create a new application in SCCM and specify path to msi file. Click Next and complete the other steps.
Finally on the completion page click Close.
Distribute the app to distribution points. Deploy the app to device collection. Login to the client machine and open the software center. Install the app and open AppEnforce.log file to monitor installation process. I have tested the app installation and un-installation, it works fine without any issues.