Integrating Configuration Manager 2012 R2 with Intel SCS 9.0 – Part 6 : Installing Intel SCS Add-on

Posted: January 25, 2014 in Configuration Manager, System Center Configuration Manager 2012
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In this post we will install the Intel SCS Add-on and verify the the installation. I’ve also added some steps to fix a couple of bugs.

Installing the Add-on

1. Copy the IntelSCS_SCCMAddon folder to the computer where the Configuration Manager Console is running, in my lab this is the Primary Server. You can find the link for this Add-on in Part 1 of this series.

2. In the SCCMAddon subfolder, double-click SCCMAddon.exe. The Welcome window opens.

3. Click Next. The License Agreement window opens.

4. Select I accept the terms of the license agreement and click Next. The SCCM Settings window opens.
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5. The wizard automatically detects the necessary SCCM settings. Make sure that the settings shown in the SCCM Settings window are correct and click Next to continue.

6. The Select Components window opens. The necessary files for these components are located in the download package of Intel SCS 9.0. You can find the link for Intel SCS 9.0 in Part 1 of this series.

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  1. In the Path column of the Intel Solutions Framework row click the icon under path to select the file.
  2. Browse to the Solutions_Framework\Framework folder of the Intel SCS 9.0 download package and select the file named HostSolutionManagerInstaller.msi.
  3. Click Open. The path to the file is updated in the Path column. In addition, the wizard automatically searches the download package for the required files of the remaining default components in these locations:
      • Intel SCS Platform Discovery Utility – The PlatformDiscovery.exe file in the Solutions_Framework\PlatformDiscovery folder.
      • Intel AMT – The ACUConfig.exe file in the Configurator folder.

If successful, the paths to the files are updated in the Path column of each row. You can hover the mouse over the Path entry to show the full path.

7. For each row in the table of components verify Install is the option set in the Action column. In this series we are not integrating with RCS so make sure this option is not selected.

8. Click Next. If you selected to install Intel AMT, the Intel AMT window opens.

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  1. Select the check boxes of the capabilities that you want to enable. For each capability that you select, the Add-on will create packages and task sequences in SCCM. It is recommended to enable all the capabilities.
  2. When the Configure check box is selected, you will need to specify the configuration profile that you created (in advance) for Intel AMT. Click Browse to select the profile XML file that you created and enter the password in the Encryption password field. (This is the profile XML that we created in Part 4 of this series).

9. Click Next. The User Account Settings window opens.

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By default, the packages created by the Add-on are run using the SCCM client on the host computer. If you want to use a different user, you can define the user account in this window. If you define a user account in this window, all packages created by the Add-on will be defined to run using this account. Here select the CM_AMT account we created for AMT Provisioning in Part 2 of this series. (Also note that this account must be member of the local administrator group on each client where you want to run this package.)

10. Click Next. The Add-on Packages Folder window opens.

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During installation, the Add-on automatically creates packages for the components that you select to install. For each package, the Add-on creates a folder containing the files required by the package. For simplicity, all these folders will be located in a single parent folder that you define in this window. The parent folder must be in a location that the Configuration Manager can always access.

  1. Click Browse. The Browse for Folder window opens.
  2. Browse to a location that the Configuration Manager will always be able to access and create a parent folder for the Add-on packages. Give the folder a name that will help you to recognize the purpose of this folder.
  3. Click OK to close the Browse for Folder window.

11. Click Next. The wizard installs the selected components. When complete, click Next. The Completed Successfully window opens.

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12. Click Finish to exit the wizard and then perform the Post Installation Tasks described below.

Post Installation Tasks

This section describes the tasks that you need to do after installing the Add-on.

Refreshing the Collections

After installation, the collections added by the Add-on might need to be updated in the Console.

  1. Select Asset and Compliance > Overview > Device Collections.
  2. To update the members of a collection:
    1. Right-click the collection and select Update Membership.
    2. Right-click the collection again and select Refresh.

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Bugfix #1

There is an error in the script that is created during installation of the Add-on so browse to the path where you specified that the package would be created in step 10 above. (D:\PackageSource\Applications\Intel in my lab example)

So browse to this path and edit the configure.bat file that is placed in the Intel AMT subfolder.

Scroll to the bottom and here you will see that the script still have references to the Intel Demo environment where this script probably where created; “wmic /Node:2008R2SCCM2012.vprodemo.com /namespace:\\root\SMS\site_A12” I’ve changed this to the correct server name and site code of my lab. See screenshots below.

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Bugfix #2

Based upon how you specified the path to your profile XML file you also must edit the Intel AMT Configuration Task Sequence to make sure that the path to XML file is correct. Since the profile XML actually is part of the packaged created I’ve just removed the path and reference the profile XML directly. See screenshot below.

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Enabling the Task Sequences

By default, the task sequences created by the Add-on are disabled. You will need to enable them before you can use them.

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Before you enable a task sequence you can modify the deployment target collection and schedule the re-occurrence according to your company policy. For Intel AMT, it is recommended to schedule a daily recurrence of Maintenance, Configuration and Unconfiguration, and a weekly recurrence of Discovery.

As you can see from the screenshot above all Collections created by the add-on are limited on the All Systems Collection, so be careful when you enable the Task Sequences so you do not target all your systems without intention. Since this is in a lab I have control and uses the collections created by the add-on, but when I deployed at customer we created new collections to make sure no one accidently deployed to all the systems without intention.

To enable a task sequence right-click it and select Enable.

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What is created by the Add-on?

Below a series of screenshots will show what is created in Configuration Manager when you install the add-on.

Collections

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Task Sequences

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Packages

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We have now installed the add-on and a ready to deploy our first client to verify functionality. So in the next posting we will go through the prerequisites on the client, configure a client for AMT and look at the different functionality we get with Out of Band Management.

Previous Postings in this series:

Integrating Configuration Manager 2012 R2 with Intel SCS 9.0 – Part 1 : Introduction
Integrating Configuration Manager 2012 R2 with Intel SCS 9.0 – Part 2 : Active Directory
Integrating Configuration Manager 2012 R2 with Intel SCS 9.0 – Part 3 : Certification Authority
Integrating Configuration Manager 2012 R2 with Intel SCS 9.0 – Part 4 : Configuration Profiles for Intel AMT
Integrating Configuration Manager 2012 R2 with Intel SCS 9.0 – Part 5 : Configuring SCCM 2012 R2

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Comments
  1. […] the Task Sequence with the default deployment it will target all your systems as mentioned in Part 6 of this […]

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  3. Bugfix #3 same as Bugfix #2, but also for Intel AMT Maintenance Task Sequence.

  4. Timo Viinanen says:

    Hi there. When run configure task, there’s an error “Invalid Global Switch” in the for-clause at line 60. I changed the /Node: for our SCCM-server FQDN

    Can you assist?

  5. Timo Viinanen says:

    I answer to myself. /Node:”SERVER” Remember that Quotes around the Server Name 🙂

  6. Art says:

    Getting a “Failed to Identify the SCCM installation” when running the Intel SCCMaddon.exe on our primary server which does have the console installed.

  7. Mikeua says:

    Doesn’t look like you need to do the bugfixes with intelscs 10 and the addon version 2.1.6.3

  8. sabari says:

    While running Intel AMT : Configuration ,the task sequence failed with following error
    “Failed to parse the XML file …Any idea

  9. jlynn001 says:

    Hi All,
    When trying to install the Addon. I am getting the following error any direction would be greatly appreciated.

    ERROR: System.Reflection.TargetInvocationException: Exception has been thrown by the target of an invocation. —> System.Exception: Cannot find SCCM MOF Extention section for MOF file: configuration_AMT.mof

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