Customizing Intel NUC BIOS with Intel Integrator Toolkit

I’ve noticed that the newer models of NUCs that I’m purchasing (specifically the NUC7i7BNH) ship with a 12 character serial number populated in BIOS. A while back, I wrote a post about how to add it should it be missing. The utility used in that post is no longer available for download, and the last time I used it, the NUC  bricked, so I set off to find a new tool to interact with NUC BIOS. Enter the Intel Integrator Toolkit.

This is a really pretty picture, strategically placed to reduce your disappointment that you will encounter in the next paragraph 🙂

Now, don’t get mad at me, but to use the Intel Integrator Toolkit, you have to disable Secure Boot to turn on the “Internal UEFI Shell” feature (which isn’t something you should leave on because it requires a keystroke to quit before it interrupts normal boot into Windows). I’m not really fond of tools that not only provide little automation in the end, but that also require you to turn off security features just to use it. Especially when you can manipulate BIOS properties of other major PC vendors from within Windows and it can be automated and distributed via a sequence engine and leave Secure Boot turned on.

 

Look, I have no idea what they were thinking. I’m just as confused as you.

Now on to the purpose of this post:

If you want to use the Windows Autopilot Script on your Intel NUCs, you’re in for some failure if the serial number is missing on account of the script requires a serial number 🙂

So, to fix it in a scenario where you want to add/change/remove/whatever a serial number or other bios properties, you need to:

  1.  Download the Intel Integrator toolkit (which is a .EFI file and some documentation)
  2. Format a USB drive in FAT32
  3. Copy the .EFI file from the download to your formatted USB drive
  4. Disable Secure Boot
  5. Enable Internal UEFI Shell

Now to manipulate the Serial Number property, simply boot into the Internal UEFI Shell (if it’s enabled in BIOS, it will give you a few seconds to cancel out of before it interrupts the normal Windows boot process, so best not to leave this turned on outside of this scenario).

To edit the serial number use the following syntax:

ITK6.efi –s –t system –f serial –v mySerial

Where “mySerial” is the serial number you want to enter. The -s, -t -f are flags that drill specifically to the Serial Number property. Full documentation on how to use the switches is in the guide that ships with the toolkit.

Here’s a list of customizations you can do with v 6.1.6 of the toolkit:

Manufacturer

Product Name

Serial Number

SKU Number

Family

Asset Tag

Chassis Type

OEM String (up to 3)

 

 

 

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