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Hey Guys / Niall - When learning SCCM years ago, Niall's guides were my foundation. Despite having installed numerous DEV and PROD environments since, I still use the guides for reference. I'm currently planning on implementing Out of Band for our current Production environment as i haven't ever done so before, yet see a wide variety of guides online for how to do so. Some integrate Intel's SCS, some a variety of hardware classes, some use two certs, and some use four. Unfortunately, I looked on the dedicated Step-by-Step Guides page hoping to find a guide for this as I trust Niall's instruction, but couldn't find one. So - assuming he doesn't offer one, what would you guys suggest? Do I need to implement SCS and if so, what would be the best guide / steps for me to use (if any)? Our prod environment runs SCCM 2012 R2 SP1 CU4 where we have 1 primary & 3 remote secondaries. The only other dedicated site servers besides distribution points are a dedicated SQL server for the main database and a WSUS server. All site servers use Windows 2012 R2 and the majority of clients are HP workstations & laptops running Windows 7 x64. Models most used are the 800 G1 DM, 640 G1/G2, and similar. Thanks!
I came to SCCM from managing software deployments via Group Policy, so the Active Directory environments I work in reflect my GPO-centric approach. For instance I'll create organizational units separated out by OS or CPU architecture, followed by physical location. Here's an example: mydomain.local - Windows 32-bit --- IT Office ------ PC1 ------ PC2 --- Marketing Office ------ PC3 ------ PC4 - Windows 64-bit --- IT Office 64 ----- PC5 --- Marketing Office 64 ----- PC6 This lets me deploy GPOs and other settings from the top down; I'd have a base set of defaults followed by specifics for a given location. My collections in SCCM will use the OU membership to tell which collection to put a PC in, usually as a consequence of migrating software deployments from GPOs to SCCM applications. When I introduce out-of-band management to this kind of AD tree, I'm not able to fit it. OOB Setup says I need to create or use an OU for OOB-managed PCs and ensure the appropriate SCCM servers have read/write access to that OU and can add and remove members to an AD group. But I have more than one OU set up; I can't pick them all. Say I pick "Windows 64-bit" as the OU that the OOB Service Point should use. As it discovers AMT-capable PCs it will create computer accounts in the root of this OU, so the resulting tree looks like this: mydomain.local - Windows 64-bit -- PC5$iME -- PC6$iME --- IT Office 64 ----- PC5 --- Marketing Office 64 ----- PC6 When SCCM does this though, the query rules that maintain my per-location collections will remove the original computer from its collection, and it will create new computer items named, for instance, "PC5iME" (without the "$") in that collection. If I don't have a collection for that OU, it will still have a computer object in the Devices list and it will appear in the All Systems collection, but with the new name. Hm, ok that isn't good. What if I created a new OU, and had SCCM's OOB service point create new computer accounts there instead? The resulting tree looked like this: mydomain.local - AMT-Managed PCs -- PC5$iME -- PC6$iME - Windows 64-bit --- IT Office 64 ----- PC5 --- Marketing Office 64 ----- PC6 ...only if I do that, the collections representing, say, "Windows 7 64-bit / IT Office 64" lose their computer objects entirely, and they don't appear in any other collection but "All Systems," and even then with the modified name like "PC5iME." I really don't want to destroy these OU trees just to accommodate AMT and OOB management, because I still have non-software GPOs that apply per-location, per-OS or per-CPU architecture. Or is SCCM the right tool for managing AMT in this environment? (By the way, why is "AMT" blocked as a search term?) --
Howto change boot order using Intel AMT
rudolphib posted a topic in Configuration Manager 2012Hello, we will use SCCM 2012 to deploy our new Win 7 images to our computers. Intel AMT has been configured and the test computer is provisined and the out of band managemt console works fine. And I'm still able to define a deployment of the the task sequence which will deploy the image using the wake up function from AMT. The computer wakes up at the defined schedule and tries to boot. But I have a problem with the boot order of the computer. Normally they are setup to boot from HDD first and boot from LAN as second. In this special case it will be necessary that the computer will once boot from LAN for OSD. Are there any settings or ideas of best practise howto to do it? Thanks Michael
Power Control (Out Of Band?)
tmiller_hockey posted a topic in Configuration Manager 2012I've just been informed that we will need the capability to power off machines in collections due to the probable rolling power blackouts that we experience here. Is this possible easily or will I need to install the Out Of Band Management point?
AMT related question
n00blar posted a topic in Configuration Manager 2012Hello everyone, I'm testing Out of Band feature of SCCM 2012. I have installed the proper site roles (Enrollment Point and Out of band service point); I completed all the pre-requesites as well, so all that has been taken care of. I was able to discover a machine with AMT (DELL Optiplex); the problem is that prior to using the 'discover' option; I had already made changes to AMT through the BIOS. So, in SCCM the AMT status for this computer shows 'detected', and when I right click on the device object, the only options under Manage OOB are: Discover AMT Status and Remove AMT Provisioning Data - all other options are grayed out. I went ahead and clicked on Remove AMT Provisioning Data on this object, but this didn't do anything - at least from what I can tell. I also, manually, cleared all the AMT setting from the BIOS on this computer (I don't know if this action messed things up with SCCM). How do I "Enable Automatic AMT Provisioning" on this device?