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TPM Firmware Switch Tool for ThinkCentre

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This could be deemed as a follow up to the previous post "Patching the IFX TPM vulnerability on Think Products with SCCM".

This post covers the TPM Firmware Switch Tool that was released to remedy the affected ThinkCentres described in the LEN-15552 Security Advisory.  Per the ReadMe, here's the list of systems and minimum BIOS versions required before the tool can be implemented:

These files are to be used with the following ThinkCentre products: M610:BIOS version M1AKT30A or above M910x:BIOS version M1AKT30A or above M710q:BIOS version M1AKT30A or above M910t/s:BIOS version M1AKT30A or above M910q :BIOS version M1AKT30A or above M710t/s, E75t/s:BIOS version M16KT47A or above M715t/s:BIOS version O2VKT82A or above Links to the BIOS versions can be found in the LEN-15552 matrix.

To summarize, the tool will update the TPM firmware to the latest version, whether it be TPM Spec 1.2 or 2.0.  It will also allow you to switch the TPM Spec version from 1.2 to 2.0 or vice versa i…

Introducing... ThinkDeploy for MDT

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Finally...Quite a while ago a bar napkin was defaced with an idea for an automation tool that would simplify the task of introducing a new Lenovo ThinkPad/ThinkCentre/ThinkStation model in an operating system deployment process using the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit.  

Since that time the IT industry has been going through lots of changes with Windows 10 and methods of deploying PCs:  MDMs and AutoPilot have come into the picture, lots of folks still use SCCM OSD which keeps improving with the new regular cadence of SCCM updates, and a really cool tool by Maurice Daly was introduced to the community that simplifies the upfront gathering of content.
So why bring out a tool aimed solely at MDT now?  The only answer I can think of is "Why not?".  Actually, that's not true; I can think of several reasons: 1.  Lots of people still use MDT and prefer it 2.  For smaller companies that don't have the budget and skills for SCCM, MDT is still a great solution 3.  With our solution …