Within SCCM there are two primary ways to provision a vPro Client: Using the Import Out of Band Computers Wizard and the In-band provisioning with the Configuration Manager client Agent. Because of the ease and automated provision, it is typically recommended that you leverage the In-band provisioning with the Configuration Manager client agent; however, there may be cases where this method may not work based on your environment or business process. This may leaves you with the only option of using the Import Out of Band Computers Wizard for vPro Client provisioning.

 

To provision clients with Import Out of Band Computer Wizard, you are required to supply at a minimum the Computer Name, FQDN, and UUID for the vPro client you are trying to provision. Hand retrieving and entering this data for a few vPro clients may be fairly straight forward; however, if you are in a scenario where you are trying to provision a large number of vPro clients it may become very time consuming. As part of the Import Out of Band Computer Wizard, you are able to specific a comma-separated values (CSV) formatted file that has these required attributes listed. With this capability available, you can technically mass import a large number of vPro clients to be provisioned; the challenge then becomes automating the retrieval of this Computer Name, FQDN, and UUID.

 

Example CSV File

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Select Source - Choose Mapping

 

 

Select Source - Data Preview

 

 

Select Source - Summary

 

 

There can be a variety of sources such as the Active Directory, Local Computer Operating System, alternate software inventory agent, etc (your imagination is the limitation) where you could potentially pull this information.

 

 

For example, this UUID Resolver is an example utility that will query your Active Directory for computers, determine if they are vPro Capable, connects to the OS, and Exports the Computer Name, FQDN, and UUID to a CSV files that can be imported through Import Out of Band Computer Wizard; once the hello packet is received, SCCM will provision the vPro Client (Special Thanks to Ariel Toporovsky for developing this example).

 

 

Another example may be to use a Software Agent or other remote execution capability to run a localized VBS, Perl Script, exe, etc that grabs the Computer Name, FQDN, and UUID locally from the client and copies the contents to a remote share to be consolidated; once there it can be imported through the SCCM Import Out of Band Computer Wizard.

 

 

What else can you think of? If you have any thoughts or tricks on how to automate this, please post your idea / exampls in the comments. Thanks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

--Matt Royer