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Enable AMT Wakeup Function in ConfigMgr CurrentBranch

In ConfigMgr Current Branch the complete OOB Management Function including AMT Wakeup Function was removed.

I would love to still have the AMT Wakeup Function because it was a better and more reliable alternative instead of using Wake On Lan.

It would be great if this function could be integrated again in future builds of ConfigMgr.

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      • MattiasMattias commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Intel have released a new tool called "Intel Manageability Commander". This as an add-on to SCCM 1511 or later that will bring back many of features removed by Microsoft:
        https://downloadcenter.intel.com/download/26375/Intel-Manageability-Commander
        http://www.intel.com/content/dam/support/us/en/documents/software/manageability-products/Intel_MC_User_Guide.pdf

        Intel® Manageability Commander is a light weight console used to connect with and utilize the features of Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT). Through this software, users will be able to connect to activated Intel® AMT devices to perform functions such as power control, remote desktop, hardware inventory, remote terminal, and more. Additionally, this software will plug into Microsoft* System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) version 1511 and later. When task based wake events are triggered in SCCM, Intel® Manageability Commander will also attempt to perform an Intel® AMT power on action. Collections in SCCM can be manually powered on using Intel® Manageability Commander using the collection right click context menu. Intel® Manageability Commander can be launched on a per system basis by using the right click system context menu to get access to all of the supported Intel® AMT features directly from SCCM.

      • Cliff RichardsonCliff Richardson commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Could this feature be triggered via remote AMT management tool, examples are Intel RCS and/or McAfee ePO Deep Command.

      • Lou PonesseLou Ponesse commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The fact that many organizations have exhausted efforts and rely on this technology for security compliance for it to be taken away is not serving your customers with their best interest in mind. To now have to possibly incorporate another technology set is extremely frustrating.

      • Ben HBen H commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        adding this functionality back into SCCM would make life easier for us. We can hack broadly equivalent functionality with scripts, but it's kind of defeating the purpose of SCCM to have to build extra tools to recover lost functionality

      • StefanStefan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        The key reason why we need the capability to integrate the Intel AMT Power functions with SCCM relates to providing the capability to wake up workstations out of hours for patching, software deployment or build/rebuild scenarios minimising disruption to clients. The network security controls in place require devices/clients to authenticate to the network before getting any connectivity. This prevents us from being able to use the simple Wake on LAN packet to wake machines up. Intel AMT allows us to configure the authentication using the AMT computer object in AD resolving this problem.

        SCCM continues to include the option to send a Wake on LAN packet but as mentioned above this approach does not work on our network. Previously SCCM also had the option to use Intel AMT to power on the workstation. The work-around options discussed in the case with Bryan do not provide anything close to the same level of capability to trigger a wake up request to the workstation when the deadline for the SCCM package is reached. Instead it would rely on us scheduling a powershell script to run at a given time, read the membership of the collection the SCCM package is targeted to and sending the Intel AMT power on command.

        We recognise that Microsoft has chosen not to update the Intel AMT integration since AMT v6 due to the architecture changes Intel made to their product. This would have forced Microsoft to completely update the SCCM Intel AMT integration component and continue to be beholden to architecture changes made by Intel. Decoupling SCCM and Intel AMT/SCS makes sense however losing the capability to integrate the wake up command with the package deadline causes problems. Another approach might be to provide the capability to execute a powershell script as an alternative to the Wake on LAN option. This would leave the integration to the power management tool (in this case Intel AMT) to the client rather than having to include the integration directly inside SCCM.

      • SteveSteve commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Just adding another one to the list. It would be extremely useful if Microsoft could re-add the remote power on commands.

      • Michael JantzenMichael Jantzen commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        To add to this - it would be really helpful if Microsoft could comment or commit to looking into this. We developed AMT support for SCCM 2007 and then 2012 and it worked well enough - it has been helpful for use to do nightly maintenance reliably on client PC's.

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Citrix is relying on Configuration Manager to power manage RemotePCs; with the recent changes, only devices up to AMT version 6.1 and running up to Windows 8.1 can be supported.

      • Christophe DENISChristophe DENIS commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        All other options are not applicable to our environment because of 802.1x. We really need AMT Wake Up function

      • Michel LeclercMichel Leclerc commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        All other options are not applicable to our environment because of 802.1x. We really need AMT Wake Up function

      • YuvarajYuvaraj commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        I support the request guys, stuck with the upgrade due to this. Hope its goes no where even if we raise a advisory request to guide further on any other option.

      • YasserYasser commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We are trying to upgrade to 1511 to support mobile devices with intune better - but we don't want to lose our intel/amt/vpro wake up features... so we are stalling at the moment and waiting for developments and answers from Microsoft - are there any?

      • LutzLutz commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Same Situation as Tim. We are also stuck at ConfigMgr2012 until we will see this feature in CB.

      • TimTim commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Same here! +6000 devices!

        We are in the same situation as Alan, we have 6000+ computers that we use to Wake up with AMT. Only difference is that we are still on ConfigMgr 2012 R2 Sp1. This is a major deployment blocker for us and we won’t be able to upgrade to 1511 until this is solved in one way or another.

      • MattiasMattias commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        We are in the same situation as Alan, we have 5000+ computers that we use to Wake up with AMT. Only difference is that we are still on ConfigMgr 2012 R2 Sp1. This is a major deployment blocker for us and we won’t be able to upgrade to 1511 until this is solved in one way or another.

      • Alan DooleyAlan Dooley commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        This is a major PITA for us. We've moved onto 1511 so we can continue our Windows 10 development but we used to wake 5,000+ machines for patching each month. Users are now back to watching updates install during the working day. We're currently looking at another means of bringing them up. We cannot use WoL on our infrastructure as our network team will not allow it.

      • JarrodJarrod commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        It should also be noted that, although not related to wake on lan, MS recommendation of using SCS Addon for SCCM doesnt actually work with SCCM 1511 resulting in an error with AdminUI.WqlQueryEngine

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