You might need to configure an account for AMT provisioning and discovery for the AMT-based computers that will be managed out of band by Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 and later. For example, you must specify an account if your manufacturer provided you with a customized MEBx account that is not named admin and has a password other than admin. Another example is if you have locally changed password for the MEBx Account in the computer’s BIOS extensions. For more information to help you decide whether you need to specify an AMT Provisioning and Discovery Account and its configuration requirements, see Determine Whether to Configure an AMT Provisioning and Discovery Account for Out of Band Management.

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

If an AMT Provisioning and Discovery Account is needed for an AMT-based computer but is not specified, Configuration Manager cannot provision the AMT-based computer for out of band management or discover whether it has a management controller and its AMT status. For more information about AMT provisioning and discovery of management controllers, see the following topics:

Use the following procedure to add an account in Configuration Manager for AMT provisioning and discovery.

To add an account for AMT provisioning and discovery

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

  2. Right-click Out of Band Management, and then click Properties.

  3. Click the Provisioning Settings tab.

  4. In the section AMT Provisioning and Discovery Accounts, click the New icon.

  5. In the AMT Provisioning and Discovery Account dialog box, specify the following:

    1. Name: Enter the name of the MEBx Account or Remote Admin Account. Unless you have been provided with a customized account name by your manufacturer, specify admin.

    2. Password: Enter the password that is configured in the BIOS extensions for the account.

    3. Confirm password: Reenter the password for confirmation.

    4. Description: Optionally, enter a description that will help you identify the account. The description is particularly useful if you have multiple accounts to configure to help you identify which account relates to which computers.

  6. Click OK, and then click OK to close the Out of Band Management Properties dialog.

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