Small-business mode is straightforward to configure. The process is manually performed through the Intel Management Engine BIOS extension (MEBx) on the Intel AMT computer. Out of Band Management Component is not involved in this process.
After you configure the Intel AMT computer in small business mode, it is ready for out-of-band management with Altiris solutions. To run out-of-band management tasks on this computer from the Symantec Management Console, a computer resource representing the computer must be created in the CMDB . If there is no such resource in the CMDB , simply install the Symantec Management Agent on the client computer. Computers with the Symantec Management Agent installed appear in the standard Notification Server filters: for example, Windows Computers.
To configure Intel AMT devices in small business mode
Go to the physical location of the Intel AMT computer, and then connect the cables, a monitor, and a keyboard.
Turn on the computer and press Ctrl+P during POST to enter the Management Engine BIOS Extension (MEBx).
The Ctrl+P shortcut can vary depending on the OEM-provided BIOS. For more information on accessing the ME BIOS sub-menu, see the hardware manufacturer's documentation.
The default MEBx password for computers in the factory-default state is "admin". When you log on to the MEBx for the first time, you must change the default password to a strong password.
Enable Intel AMT in the Intel AMT computer's MEBx, if it is not already enabled.
You might have to exit the MEBx and restart the computer for the additional Intel AMT configuration options to appear in the MEBx.
If you have Intel AMT already enabled, before making any changes, you must select Un-Provision > Full Unprovision in the MEBx to fully unconfigure the Intel AMT device.
Set the Provision Model to Small Business (listed as Small-Medium Business with some computers).
Configure the network settings of the Intel AMT device.
We recommend that the TCP/IP settings be the same as the settings for the network interface card of the computer. If the network card uses DHCP, select DHCP in the MEBx. For computers that use a static IP address, you must specify the following in the MEBx:
Host name of the Intel AMT computer
Intel AMT does not support host names with an underscore ("_") character.
IP address of the Intel AMT computer
Default gateway address
Preferred DNS address
Exit the MEBx.
The computer restarts.
Intel SCS is not involved in the small business Intel AMT configuration process. An Intel AMT computer that is configured in small business mode does not send a configuration request to the configuration server and does not appear in the list of Intel AMT systems that are known to Intel SCS. After you perform manual configuration through MEBx, the computer is ready to be managed out of band with Altiris solutions.
Next, you must create or modify a connection profile in Protocol Manager. You use this profile when you run out-of-band tasks on Intel AMT computers that are configured in small business mode.
To configure a connection profile
In the Symantec Management Console, on the Settings menu, click All Settings.
In the left pane, click Monitoring and Alerting > Protocol Management > Connection Profiles > Manage Connection Profiles.
In the right pane, click the connection profile that you want to use to connect to Intel AMT computers with Altiris solutions, and then click the Edit symbol.
In the Define Group Settings dialog box, expand the AMT section.
Turn on the AMT protocol, if it is not turned on yet.
To turn on the protocol, click the colored circle on the right, and then click On.
Under Runtime credentials, click the Add symbol.
In the Add credential dialog box, in the Credential type drop-down list, click AMT Credentials.
Type a name for the credentials.
For example, type My AMT
Type the Intel AMT user name and password.
The user name is "admin". The password is the new secure password you specified when you first accessed the MEBx.
Under Runtime credentials, in the drop-down list, click or browse for the credentials that you just configured.
In this example, click My AMT.
For more information, view topics about using connection profiles and credential manager in the Symantec Management Platform User Guide.
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