Part 1: vPro Deployment Scenarios for Intel Setup and Configuration Service (SCS)

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    NOTE: This resource and the associated series are a re-post of information provided at http://juice.altiris.com/node/4821 and related articles linked therein. Although the title and material make reference to Altiris, the core concepts apply to most Intel SCS based solutions.

     

    Background and Introduction

     

    The ideas and models presented in this series are a mix of proven deployments, known facts, and theoretically possible solutions either setup in the lab or discussed. The material is provided "as-is" for your own reference, testing, and deployment considerations.  The models are based on Intel SCS version 3.x in an Altiris environment.  Other environments supporting Intel SCS include Microsoft SMS, HP Openview, SupportSoft, and other vendors.

     

     

    The articles in this series assume the reader is familiar with the core provisioning, enabling, and configuration of Intel® vProTM within an Altiris Out-of-Band Management.  At a minimum - the reader should have familiarity with using the Intel Setup and Configuration Service (SCS).  The topics covered here are advanced deployment situations such as:

     

    • Multiple client facing Altiris Notification Servers with Intel SCS installed

    • Mixed environments of Altiris and other client management consoles supporting Intel SCS

    • Migration of Intel® vProTM configurations and deployments between an Intel SCS and other environments

     

    The ideas and models presented in this series are a mix of proven deployments, known facts, and theoretically possible solutions either setup in the lab or discussed.  The material is provided "as-is" for your own reference, testing, and deployment considerations.  As indicated previous, the primary reference point is an Altiris environment.  However, the models have been shown to work with mixed environments.

     

     

    With the Altiris Out-of-Band Management environment using Intel® SCS for the provisioning and configuration, this series will focus both on homogeneous and heterogeneous situations.  It will also provide some insights for environments where the Intel® vProTM technology was configured by a third party setup or configuration application for the Intel® Active Management Technology within Intel® vProTM.

     

     

    A variety of reference materials were used in putting together this series.  Some core reference documents, articles, and discussions that may be of interest include:

     

     

    The series is expected to provide:

     

    • Introduction to the deployment models being discussed

    • Greater insight on the security and configuration considerations

    • Additional insight on the Intel® Setup and Configuration Service (SCS)

     

    In reviewing varies deployment models and configurations within an Altiris environment, a few key reminders will be emphasized through the series:

     

    • Once an Intel® vProTM system is configured, proper authentication and authorization is needed to access the management engine.

    • Core tables in Altiris CMDB in reference to provisioning Intel® vProTM include Inv_OOB_Capability, Inv_AeX_AC_Location, and Inv_AeX_AC_Identification.

    • The provisioning service and related provisioning events are very dependent on correct DNS mappings. Dynamic DNS updates of the client FQDN are important to appropriately resolve the IP address. If configurations are changing frequently for testing purposes, or additional troubleshooting is needed, utilize the /flushdns and /registerDNS options of the Microsoft Windows ipconfig command. Use /flushdns to clear both the management server and client DNS cache. Use /registerDNS to ensure the Intel® vProTM client is registered in DNS.

    Summary

     

    The foundational rules have been established once the core Intel® vProTM provisioning events for an Altiris environment using Intel SCS are understand.  Continue reading through the series to explore additional insights and understanding which will assist in enterprise deployments requiring more than just the standard configuration.

     

    The next article in this series is available at http://communities.intel.com/docs/DOC-1932