Out of band management in Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 and later has the following maintenance tasks that are enabled automatically when you install the out of band service point:

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

In most cases, you will not need to change the default settings for these tasks. Refer to the following table for more information about these tasks.

Task Description Settings

Evaluate Provisioned AMT Computer Certificates

This task checks the validity period of the certificates issued to AMT-based computers and automatically requests new certificates before they expire.

In Configuration Manager 2007 SP2, client certificates specified in a wireless profile will not be renewed with this maintenance task if the AMT-based computer is connected over a wireless network.

Requesting a certificate renewal 42 days before it expires allows plenty of time if there are issues, such as the issuing certification authority is not available or there are connectivity issues.

Schedule: Every Saturday between 12 AM and 5 AM.

Pending days to expiration: 42.

Reset AMT Computer Passwords

This task resets the remote password that is used by Configuration Manager to manage AMT-based computers. Passwords that are changed regularly offer more security than passwords that never expire.

If the computer account password is reset independently from the AMT remote password, Configuration Manager will be unable to connect to the AMT-based computer by using out of band communication.

Do not disable this task unless you disable password changes for the AMT accounts published to Active Directory Domain Services.

Password reset interval (days): 28.

If you need to customize the maintenance tasks for out of band management, use the following procedure.

You must have Read or Modify permission for the site security object class or instance to perform this procedure.

To customize an out of band management maintenance task

  1. In the Configuration Manager console, navigate to System Center Configuration Manager / Site Database / Site Management / <site name> / Site Settings / Site Maintenance / Tasks.

  2. Right-click one of the following tasks, and then click Properties.

    • Evaluate Provisioned AMT Computer Certificates

    • Reset AMT Computer Passwords

  3. In the task properties dialog box, change the settings as required.

  4. Click OK.

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