Initialization (previously known as pre-provisioning) is the process of populating the client Intel AMT computers with the Provisioning ID and the Provisioning Pre-Shared Key (PID-PPS) pairs. These pairs are needed for secure communications during the setup and configuration process.
Depending on your infrastructure and the Intel AMT firmware version, you can use the following methods of initialization:
The zero-touch Remote Configuration method is the easiest way of initializing a large amount of Intel AMT computers. This method works on Intel AMT 3.0 or later. This method requires you to purchase a certificate.
Using this feature does not require you to visit the physical location of the computer with Intel AMT.
If you cannot purchase a remote configuration certificate, or if you have computers with Intel AMT versions that do not support Remote Configuration, you must visit the physical location of each Intel AMT computer and initialize them manually.
In some cases, you can perform one-touch manual initialization using a USB key. In other cases, you must type security keys (PID-PPS pairs) into the Intel AMT device manually through the BIOS.
When initialized for the first time, the Intel AMT device sends Hello messages to Intel SCS periodically for about six hours. If for some reason the configuration server is unavailable for more than six hours, Intel AMT setup and configuration fails. To set up and configure the Intel AMT device, you must resend Hello messages when the configuration server becomes available.