04-23-2012 11:10 AM - edited 04-23-2012 11:13 AM
This 5200 hour bug has become a rather big and annoying problem, currently there are just over 200 Curcial M4 deployed in laptops and desktop, the latter never getting shut down and rarely rebooted. Every machine needs to be updated manually via CD, as the Windows version will not work (boot order, admin password etc, will not allow it)
Is there a way to see how many hours the SSD has been powered on WITHOUT installing 3rd Party Software? This will make it easy to see if a user is having a SSD firmware related problem or something else. I have a report to show me what firmware is on each drive in all the machines, but I have not found a way to see the powered on hours without 3rd party software( I.E SSD Life).
04-23-2012 11:32 AM
200? Ouch! Unfortunately he hours used count is part of the SMART data and as far as I know Windows cannot read that itself.
04-24-2012 02:36 PM
Would a USB option better for you? You could deploy remotely much easier and quicker than multiple CD's and the USB drives are re-useable.
I posted a how-to earlier labled 'EZ USB upgrade' or something similar.
Best of luck!!!
04-24-2012 02:45 PM
Remote/hands off upgrade is not possible, even with a USB stick I, or someone else, has to physically be at the machine and perform the upgrade, no different than a CD in my case. It's fine when it's one or two, buy try getting 200+ people to stop working and reboot their computer during work hours.....
04-25-2012 07:58 PM
From the sounds of things, those "rarely rebooted" desktop machines will be the first to need the update. Are all these machines in one office and connected to a LAN, or are there multiple sites with some using VPN or other remote access?
I'm wondering if using PXE boot could help here?
If isolinux (cdrom) and syslinux (usb) works, then PXELINUX might also work...
I know that you would still need someone on site, but with PXELINUX you don't need any CDROM or USB and you could perform multiple upgrades at the same time as long as you have someone able to PXE boot each pc.
05-01-2012 11:21 AM
Unfortunatly someone would need to physcially be there to set the machine to PXE boot, may as well pop in the CD while you are at the workstation and update it.
Nice suggestion though!