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

 

Once the vPro client has been provisioned by SCCM SP1, you can now start performing vPro Client Manageability through either Collection based power operation or through the “Out of Band Console”.

 

 

 

 

To invoke vPro power management feature from within a collection, you can right click on a single client (or multi-select several clients) and select “Out of Band Management” -> “Power Control”. After which, a “Power Control” Screen will appears for the client(s); from there you can select whether to power on, power off, or restart the vPro Clients.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a video that visually goes through the process:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To perform more vPro client manageability options, right click on the client in the collection to manage and select “Out of Band Management” -> “Launch Out of Band Console”. It may take several seconds for the “Launch Out of Band Console” to fully load; make sure that System status in the bottom left section of the “Out of Band Console” reads as “System: Connected”. Once the “Out of Band Management” is loaded, you will see 7 menu options:

  • System Status: Displays the following for the connected computer:

    • The power state

    • IP address

    • Computer name

    • System ID

    • System date

    • System time

  • System Inventory: Displays the hardware inventory information for the connected computer.

  • Power Control: Initiates one of the following power control actions:

    • Power on the computer

    • Power off the computer

    • Restart the comput

    • If you power on or restart the computer, select one of the supported boot options that is retrieved from the computer. These can typically include the following:

      • Normal boot

      • Boot from local CD/DVD drive

      • Boot from local hard drive

      • Boot from alternative media (and specify the image file in Alternative media path)

      • Boot from the network

      • Boot to BIOS

  • System Event Log: Displays activity for the management controller on the selected computer. You can also clear and set log levels from this screen.

  • System Audit Log: Displays IDE redirection and PXE boot information.

  • Serial Connection: Starts a terminal emulation session so that you can run commands and character-based applications. After invoking an IDER or BIOS redirections, you will want to come to this screen to interaction with the SOL session.

  • Configuration: Allows you to perform either a full or partial unprovision of the vPro Client

    • Full Unprovision: “Delete both configuration data and identification data from the management controller”

    • Partial Unprovision: “Delete configuration data and retain identification from the management controller”

 

 

 

Here is a video that visually goes through the process:

 

 

 

 

 

Matt Royer