8 Replies Latest reply on Dec 6, 2011 5:23 PM by brunodom

    Mixed AMT Environment Clarification needed

    jhans

      I need some clarifcation how to proceed in a mixed AMT environment.

       

      Our environment consists of round about 500 Intel AMT Version 5 computers. We have an internal (non Microsoft PKI) in place and installed a Microsoft Sub CA for provisioning the Intel AMT computers. We use SCCM 2007 SP2 with OOBM configured. The certificate hash of the Central CA is placed on each client via a USB stick. We use the SCCM "Auto Provisioning" feature configured on a collection.

       

      So far, so good...

       

      The next computer generation are Intel AMT Version 7 based. I read the documentation about host based configuration which is quite interesting. The following questions arose.

       

      1) Is it correct that I cannot use the host based configuration feature to configure Intel AMT Version 5 computers? I assume I cannot use it.

      2) Can I use the same provisioning approach for Intel AMT Version 5 also for Intel AMT 7 systems.?

      3) Is the root hash still required on Intel AMT 7 systems in case there are "Host Based Configured"?

      4) Do I have to maintain two different "solutions" in the future or is there a "single" approach for both AMT versions?

       

      I appreciate any help and thoughts. Thanks in advance

       

       

      Joachim

        • 1. Re: Mixed AMT Environment Clarification needed
          brunodom

          Hi,

           

               Answering your questions inline...

           

          1) Is it correct that I cannot use the host based configuration  feature to configure Intel AMT Version 5 computers? I assume I cannot  use it.

          Bruno>> yes, you are right. HBC only for 6.2 and beyond.

          2) Can I use the same provisioning approach for Intel AMT Version 5 also for Intel AMT 7 systems.?

          Bruno>> for sure!

          3) Is the root hash still required on Intel AMT 7 systems in case there are "Host Based Configured"?

          Bruno>> No is not required, but I would recommend you use the same approach for version 5 for several reasons: 1.HBC is not native in SCCM; 2. SCCM takes care of manage TLS certificates and AD objects, using HBC you should create a routine to do it for you... in a mixed environment I believe that a consistent and standardized approach is better. 3. HBC configuration requires User consent for some operations.

          4) Do I have to maintain two different "solutions" in the future or is there a "single" approach for both AMT versions?

          Bruno>> You can use the this approach for any vPro version.

           

          Best Regards!

          --Bruno Domingues

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          • 2. Re: Mixed AMT Environment Clarification needed
            jhans

            Thanks Bruno

             

            your answer was very helpful.

             

            We will use a single approach to prepare the computers via USB stick to add the internal root certificate. Some configuration like KVM and consent stuff can also be configured via USB.

             

            Thanks again

            • 3. Re: Mixed AMT Environment Clarification needed
              jhans

              Hi Bruno

               

              maybe you find a second. I have two more questions.

               

              1) To improve the overall information quality I tested the ACUConfig on Intel 5.x systems. The data delivered is quite impressive. I cannot use HBC on Intel 5.x systems but can I use the ACUConfig utility to discover Intel 5.x. What I mean is this officially supported?

               

              2) In the official document "Host Based Provisioning using SCCM and SCS 7" there is a paragraph talking about preparing the discovery package. Files inside a folder "SCCM_Utilities" should be copied. I cannot find an folder with such a name. Any idea?

               

              Thanks in advance

              Joachim

              • 4. Re: Mixed AMT Environment Clarification needed
                brunodom

                Joachim,

                 

                     Yes, answering both questions: ACUConfig.exe is officially supported and there is a standalone version to use for this purpose that is called "System Discovery Utility" where your have documentation as well.

                 

                Best Regards!

                --Bruno Domingues

                • 5. Re: Mixed AMT Environment Clarification needed
                  jhans

                  >>Yes, answering both questions ?!?

                   

                  Second question:

                  Does that mean the SCCM Utility mentioned in the documentation is the standalone "System Discovery Tool"?

                   

                  Thanks

                  • 6. Re: Mixed AMT Environment Clarification needed
                    brunodom

                    No, you have the option to use the standalone tool but if you have the SCS, you will find this tool in SCS_Discovery folder.

                     

                    Best regards

                    --Bruno Domingues

                    • 7. Re: Mixed AMT Environment Clarification needed
                      jhans

                      Hi

                       

                      I have to stress that again. In the Intel document "Host Based Configuration with Intel SCS 7 and Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager" regarding HBC is written:

                       

                      Create System Discovery Package

                      This section describes how to create the System Discovery Package in Configuration Manager.

                      3.1.1 Download Intel SCS 7 to get the System Discovery Files

                      First you must download the necessary System Discovery files .Click the link below to obtain Intel SCS 7 files to obtain the System Discovery Tools.

                      http://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/download-the-latest-version-of-intel-amt-setup-and-configuration-service-scs/

                      Intel® vPro™ Technology Use Case Reference Design

                      17

                      From the chart, please download the Intel SCS (source kit) version 7.0.13.31 to your Configuration Manager console system.

                      1. On the Configuration Manager console system, expand the Intel SCS 7 7.0.13.31.zip file to the local drive.

                      2. Expand the IntelAMTSCS folder.

                      3. Expand the ACU_Configurator folder. You will need the following files to execute the system discovery capability:

                      • ACUConfig.exe

                      • ACU.dll

                      • xerces-c_2_7.dll

                      • the Licenses folder (all)

                      4. Copy the ACU_Configurator folder (including all files listed above) over to your Configuration Manager Server or store it on your library network share.

                      5. Create a new file and name it discover.bat.

                      6. Open discover.bat in a text editor and enter the following command line as the contents of the file:

                      AcuConfig /output console /verbose systemdiscovery

                      7. Save the discover.bat file in the ACU_Configurator folder.

                      8. Go back to the IntelAMTSCS folder.

                      9. Expand the SCCM_Utilities.

                      10. Expand the SCCM_Configuration_Notification.

                      11.Copy all files from this directory to the IntelAMTSCS\ACU_Configurator folder.

                       

                      I am focusing on the red highlighted lines. I can't find these files in the most current Intel SCS 7 Version.

                       

                      Any idea why these files are not inluded as described in the document? I' m also pretty sure that these files are required regarding host based configuration e.g. a notify.vbs script is mentioned later in the document which is not part of the sources.

                       

                      Thanks again

                      Joachim

                      • 8. Re: Mixed AMT Environment Clarification needed
                        brunodom

                        Joachim,

                         

                             There is available in this following link an updated documentation to SCS 7.1.

                         

                        Best Regards!

                        -Bruno Domingues