If you haven't yet purchased the computers that you want to manage out of band with Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 and later, decide whether you need a customized firmware image from your computer manufacturer.
|The information in this topic applies only to Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 and later.|
Computers that can be managed out of band have BIOS extensions that can include options such as enabling serial over LAN and IDE redirection and that can set values such as a certificate thumbprint of a root certification authority that is used during the AMT provisioning process.
Check which BIOS extension settings are available from your computer manufacturer, and decide whether you need a customized image to enable or disable options and specify your choice of values.
Some typical examples of why you might need a customized firmware image include the following:
- You want to specify an alternative external
certification authority to issue the AMT provisioning certificate,
or you want to use your own internal certification authority to
issue the AMT provisioning certificate.
Note If you want to use your own internal certification authority, you will need to supply the certificate thumbprint of your root certification authority. If you need more information about how to do this, see How to Locate the Certificate Thumbprint of Your Internal Root Certificate for AMT Provisioning.
- The default firmware image enables serial
over LAN and IDE redirection, but to comply with your internal
security policies, computers on your company network must not
support these highly privileged management options. For more
information about serial over LAN and IDE redirection, see Overview of Out of Band
- The default firmware image does not enable
bypassing the BIOS password, and you want to be able to use this
option when powering up or restarting computers out of band with
the out of band management console.
- The default firmware image has the value of
ProvisionServer for the provisioning server name, but you want to
use either a different name or the IP address of the server that
will host the out of band service point role. For more information
about this scenario, see Decide Whether You
Should Register an Alias for the Out of Band Service Point in
- You want your AMT-based computers to use a
MEBx password that is different from the default value of
If you think you might benefit from a customized firmware image, discuss the available BIOS extensions with your computer manufacturer or supplier.