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How to Run the Out of Band Management Console

Updated: October 1, 2009

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

The out of band management console in Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 and later allows you to connect to a computer to manage it even if it does not have the Configuration Manager client installed, if the operating system is not responding, or if the computer is powered down. You can run multiple out of band management consoles to connect to different AMT-based computers at the same time. However, an AMT-based computer cannot be managed by more than one out of band management console at the same time. In this scenario, the second and subsequent connections will fail to restart the computer or to establish a serial connection.

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

The computer must be provisioned for AMT before you can connect to it by using the out of band management console, and you must be logged on using one of the AMT user accounts that are specified and configured with administrative rights in the Out of Band Management Properties: AMT Settings Tab.

You cannot run multiple out of band management consoles to manage the same computer.

Use the following procedures to run the out of band management console.

To run the out of band management console from the Configuration Manager console

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, navigate to System Center Configuration Manager / Site Database / Computer Management / Collections.

  2. From one of the collections, right-click the resource that you want to manage by using the out of band management console, click Out of Band Management, and then click Out of Band Management Console.

    noteNote
    The Out of Band Management Console option is available for a resource only if it is provisioned for AMT. If the resource is outside its assigned site, ensure that you are a member of the SMS Admins group for the computer’s assigned site. For more information about this group, see About the SMS Admins Group.

  3. When you have completed your out of band management tasks for the currently selected computer, you can leave the console running and connected or perform one of the following actions:

    • Click File, and then click Exit to disconnect from the computer and exit the out of band management console.

    • Click Connection, and then click Disconnect so that you can reconnect to the same computer later.

To run the out of band management console from the command prompt

  1. Open a command prompt and type the following: <ConfigMgrInstallPath>\bin\oobconsole.exe -s <siteserver> -t <resourceID>.

    noteNote
    If you are running the out of band management console outside the client's assigned site, specify the site server in the client's assigned site.

  2. When you have completed your out of band management tasks for the currently selected computer, you can leave the console running and connected or perform one of the following actions:

    • Click File, and then click Exit to disconnect from the computer and exit the out of band management console.

    • Click Connection, and then click Disconnect so that you can reconnect to the same computer later.

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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