Before computers can be managed out of band in Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 or later, they must be provisioned by Configuration Manager. You can provision a computer for AMT either in-band (using the Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 or later client) or out of band (without the Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 or later client). In-band provisioning is recommended because it is more secure. Configuration Manager supports provisioning computers by using either method, but only one method can be used for a single computer. Consider the following information to help you decide on which method to use for an AMT-based computer:

The information in this topic applies only to Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 and later.

If you have AMT-based computers that are currently managed by another AMT solution and want them to be managed by Configuration Manager, you must decide on a migration strategy. For more information, see Decide How to Migrate from an AMT-Based Management Solution to Out of Band Management in Configuration Manager.

When the Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 or later client is installed on a new computer, Configuration Manager gives preference to in-band provisioning and does not process out of band provisioning requests by the computer. The exception to this preference occurs when you are migrating AMT-based computers by using an export utility.

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