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How to Provision Computers for AMT

Updated: May 1, 2012

Applies To: System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R2, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1, System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP2

Use the following procedures to provision computers for AMT so that they can be managed out of band in Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 or later. If you are not sure whether to provision in-band or out of band, see Choose Between In-Band Provisioning and Out of Band Provisioning.

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Before running these procedures, ensure that you have created and configured an Active Directory container, you have an out of band service point installed, and the required certificates are in place. For more information about the certificates, see Certificate Requirements for Out of Band Management.

Additionally, if the site contains AMT-based computers that do not support out of band management, disable AMT on these computers. For more information about computers that are not supported for out of band management, see Prerequisites for Out of Band Management.

If you provision computers out of band and need to manage them before they have an operating system installed, you must perform the following additional steps. These steps are not necessary for in-band provisioning or when the operating system is installed:

  1. Before provisioning, create DHCP reservations for these computers and supply the MAC address of the AMT-based computer.

  2. Either before or after provisioning, manually create host records in DNS such that the host name matches the FQDN supplied in the Import Computer for Out of Band Management wizard and the IP address matches the address in the DHCP reservation.

  3. Identify the SMBIOS GUID for each computer so that you have this information for when you run the Import Computer for Out of Band Management Wizard. The SMBIOS GUID is also known as the UUID, and this value is required for out of band provisioning. Your computer manufacturer or supplier should be able to provide this value if you cannot locate it.

If you need to apply new AMT configuration options to computers that are already provisioned, see How to Update AMT Settings in Provisioned Computers Using Out of Band Management.

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The information in this topic applies only to Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 and later.

To provision computers for AMT using automatic in-band provisioning with the client for Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 or later

  1. Optionally, discover computers that have management controllers and then create a collection for just these computers:

    1. To discover computers with management controllers, see How to Discover Computers with Management Controllers.

    2. Create a collection by using the following query:

      Select SMS_R_System.* from SMS_R_System inner join
      SMS_CM_RES_COLL_SMS00001 on SMS_CM_RES_COLL_SMS00001.ResourceId =
      SMS_R_System.ResourceId where (AMTStatus = 1 or AMTStatus = 2) 
      and SMS_CM_RES_COLL_SMS00001.IsApproved = 1 and
      SMS_CM_RES_COLL_SMS00001.IsBlocked = 0
      
      
      The membership of this collection will contain computers that have an AMT status of Detected or Not Provisioned if they are also approved and not blocked. The AMT status of Detected means that you must specify an AMT Provisioning and Discovery Account before provisioning can succeed.

  2. Right-click the collection that you want to use for in-band provisioning, click Modify Collection Settings, and select Out of Band.

  3. Select Enable automatic out of band management controller provisioning, and then click OK.

  4. Monitor provisioning progress. For more information, see How to Identify Computers That Are Provisioned for AMT.

To provision computers for AMT using automatic out of band provisioning

  1. Ensure that computers can locate a provisioning server. This can be achieved by a number of methods, including the following:

    1. Specify the out of band service point's IP address as the Provisioning Server in the BIOS extensions of the computer.

    2. Configure computers to use DNS where they can resolve the name of ProvisionServer to the IP address of the out of band service point. For more information, see How to Register an Alias in DNS for the Out of Band Service Point.

      noteNote
      If you need more information about the various methods in which the provisioning server can be located by AMT-based computers, see Decide Whether You Should Register an Alias for the Out of Band Service Point in DNS.

  2. For Configuration Manager 2007 SP2 only: From Component Configuration, ensure that the option Allow out of band provisioning is selected on the General tab of the Out of Band Management Properties dialog box.

  3. Right-click Collections, and then click Import Out of Band Computers.

  4. Follow the instructions in the wizard. If you need more information, see Import Computer for Out of Band Management Wizard.

  5. Right-click the collection that you selected in the wizard, click Update Collection Membership, click OK, and then press F5 to display the computers that you have just imported.

  6. Ensure that the power cable and network adapter are connected to the computer.

  7. Monitor provisioning progress. For more information, see How to Identify Computers That Are Provisioned for AMT.

See Also

For additional information, see Configuration Manager 2007 Information and Support.
To contact the documentation team, email SMSdocs@microsoft.com.
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