Configure Intel vPro AMT KVM – SCCM Remote OSD Troubleshooting

If you have got laptops with Intel vPro feature then you must explore more about this feature. This post shows the steps to configure Intel vPro AMT KVM feature. This will allow admins to remote control a device even if the OS isn’t running on it. One of the most popular features of an Intel vPro device is remote access via KVM. KVM stands for remote Keyboard, Video, Mouse. Furthermore Intel vPro KVM feature provides KVM over IP with no additional equipment required.

For more information about remote configuration for Intel AMT you can visit this link. Once you enable Intel vPro AMT KVM feature, you can remotely control the computer. Imagine a scenario where you have a remote site and there is no local IT present. The SCCM OSD is failing at remote site and you have no idea how you can fetch logs. Most of all once you configure Intel vPro AMT KVM, you need not physically visit the machine to troubleshoot issues.

What is Intel AMT ?.

Intel AMT is Intel Active Management Technology is a component of Intel vPro processor technology. AMT is a hardware-based network management technology that allows out-of-band access to client computers.

What is Intel vPro ?.

Intel vPro is a brand name for a set of PC hardware features designed by Intel. PCs that support vPro have a vPro enabled processor. You can identify vPro easily since it’s printed on sticker on your laptop/desktop.

Configure Intel vPro AMT KVM – SCCM Remote OSD Troubleshooting

Here are the steps to configure Intel vPro AMT KVM on a vPro supported machines.

The below steps are configured on Dell E7270 model laptop. Ensure that LAN cable is connected to laptop. Power on the laptop and press F12 at start up. On boot selection screen choose Intel(R) Management Engine BIOS Extension (MEBx) and press Enter.

Configure Intel vPro AMT KVM - SCCM Remote OSD TroubleshootingSelect MEBx Login and press Enter.

Configure Intel vPro AMT KVM - SCCM Remote OSD TroubleshootingEnter the Intel(R) ME Password and press Enter. Note that the factory default password is admin.

Configure Intel vPro AMT KVM - SCCM Remote OSD TroubleshootingYou have to set a new ME password in the next step. Enter a strong password and press Enter.

Configure Intel vPro AMT KVM - SCCM Remote OSD TroubleshootingRe-enter same complex password and ensure your password is verified.

Configure Intel vPro AMT KVM - SCCM Remote OSD TroubleshootingOnce you setup new ME password, choose Intel(R) AMT configuration.

Configure Intel vPro AMT KVM - SCCM Remote OSD TroubleshootingFrom the Intel(R) AMT Configuration main menu, scroll to User Consent, and change the User Opt-in from <KVM> to <None>.

Configure Intel vPro AMT KVM - SCCM Remote OSD TroubleshootingYou must Activate Network Access. On the confirmation box press Y to continue.

Configure Intel vPro AMT KVM - SCCM Remote OSD TroubleshootingSelect MEBx Exit and type Y to exit. Reboot the laptop once.

Configure Intel vPro AMT KVM - SCCM Remote OSD TroubleshootingPress F12 at startup and now you see a new option “Intel(R) Fast Call for Help“. Scroll to this option and press Enter.

Configure Intel vPro AMT KVM - SCCM Remote OSD TroubleshootingUsing the IP address (assigned by DHCP server) displayed on the screen, you can use multiple tools to connect to this laptop. In the upcoming post we will discuss Intel AMT tools. We will also see the actions that can be performed remotely using those tools.

Configure Intel vPro AMT KVM - SCCM Remote OSD Troubleshooting

1 COMMENT

  1. Hi Prajwal, nice post and very nice blog I read every post with curiosity!
    Actually I do vPro provisioning via usb key on HP hardware, do you know if the same is possible on Dell?
    On HP systems you need to enable the “usb provisioning” trough a BIOS option, I do that during the OS installation with MDT, than at the first boot, I insert the usb key and voilà Intel vPro is ready!
    Thanks and “ciao” from Italy! 😉

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