Note: This information is based off Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 Beta and is subject to changes between now and RTM.

 

Microsoft has just release System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 beta. As part of SCCM 2007 SP1, Microsoft has included native support for several of the core vPro Out of Band Management use cases.

 

Security-based management: Through the use of public key infrastructure (PKI), SCCM 2007 SP1 allows for remote provisioning and out of band management communication through Kerberos authentication and Transport Layer Security (TLS) Channels. Activities are also recorded and auditable to ensure traceability and compliance.
*AMT Provisioning:* SCCM SP1 provides native provisioning capabilities for vPro Base clients through both bare metal (agent-less) and Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 client (agent based).
*Inventory Data:* SCCM 2007 SP1, through the use of core vPro capability, provides enhanced support for hardware base inventory. Inventory data such as BIOS UUID, power states, memory, process, hard drive information, etc that can all be retrieved out of band and independent of power state.
*Power Control:* SCCM 2007 SP1 enables you to perform both in and out of band power controls for vPro Clients such as power on, power off, and restart capabilities for a single computer or a selection of vPro clients in the collection.
*Out of Band Manager Console:* Within SCCM 2007 SP1, you are able to interaction directly with each vPro client and invoke AMT use cases through the Out of Band Manager Console. This capability allows you leverage additional power control options including the use of Serial over LAN (SOL), IDE Redirect (IDER), and detail vPro Audit / Event logs. SOL allows you to perform terminal emulation to the vPro client and perform character-based commands and/or interact with the systems BIOS. IDER enables you to boot from a remote or local image to take advantage of alternate boot environment or diagnosing / repair tools.

To gain access to Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 Beta, you can request access by:

 

 

 

  1. Set-up an account. on MS Connect.
                   MS Connect Website
    http://www.connect.microsoft.com/

  2. After you've logged in, select "Available Connections" from the menu on the left side of the screen.

  3. Select "System Center Configuration Manager 2007". You will be asked to fill out a questionnaire so they can get some background and demographic information.

 

Matt Royer