After posting the question, a number of "offline" discussions have occurred.
Some additional thoughts and insights:
- Could a staging area be setup to do the initial provisioning, and then manage via other consoles? Yes. One example - http://communities.intel.com/openport/message/4147
- This idea is essentially SMB (i.e. basic) provisioning, right? Yes and no. If a staging or pre-deployment environment were setup, it might be helpful to use the enterprise provisioning sequence that Intel SCS provides. Since the AMT firmware doesn't come in a provisioned state... today... something has to be done to initialize the sequence
Anxious to hear more from the community...