Intel vPro general configuration

The General Configuration dialog includes configuration options that you must set before you can manage Intel vPro-enabled devices.

Setup and Configuration

A secure password is required to communicate with and to provision new Intel vPro devices. For devices that you will manage, the password you enter in the Intel AMT Configuration Screen (accessed in the device BIOS) should be the same as the password that you enter in the Intel vPro General Configuration dialog. This password is saved in the database and applied globally for provisioning Intel vPro devices.

Intel vPro requires the use of a strong password to enable secure communications. Passwords should meet these requirements:

The Intel vPro General Configuration dialog lets you change the password used with the default "admin" account. This password is applied to all new Intel vPro devices when you provision them. You also have the option of changing this password on all currently managed Intel vPro devices. This option is recommended so that all devices will have the same credentials.

To change the password when provisioning Intel vPro devices
  1. Click Configure > Intel vPro options > General configuration.
  2. Under Setup and Configuration, type a strong password and confirm the password.
  3. Select the Synchronize this password check box if you want to apply the change to all currently managed Intel vPro devices.
  4. If you have chosen to use non-TLS communication, which is less secure, with devices that are configured using Enterprise mode, select the Use non-TLS communications check box. This option is not recommended because of the potential security risks in using a less secure method of communication.

System Defense

The Intel vPro System Defense feature allows you define multiple system defense policies for different systems and different circumstances. A System Defense policy includes filters that specify the type of traffic that is allowed to travel to or from the systems on which the policy is applied, and the sources or destinations of the traffic, including the ports where the traffic originates or arrives.

You can select one of these defense policies from the Policy drop-down list. The policy you select is applied to all newly managed Intel vPro computers. The policy on currently managed computers is not affected.

For a description of System Defense policies, see Configuring System Defense policies.

Enhanced System Defense

This feature can help to detect malicious software programs that propagate themselves through a network. You can turn this feature on or off. The setting you select is applied to all newly managed Intel vPro computers. The setting on currently managed computers is not affected.

Wireless Profiles

A wireless profile defines configuration settings that allow mobile computers to connect to different access points or wireless broadband routers. A wireless profile generally includes a network name, a security setting, the type of encryption used, and a security key or passphrase.

The wireless profile you select from the Profile list will be applied by default to all managed Intel vPro devices. If you create other wireless profiles, you can apply them to individual devices. When you have applied a profile to an individual device, that profile remains in effect even if you change the default profile again.

To create a wireless profile
  1. Click Create\Modify Profile. The Intel vPro Wireless Profiles dialog displays existing profiles. You can modify or delete existing profiles.
  2. In the Intel vPro Wireless Profiles dialog, click Create.
  3. In the Create vPro Wireless Profile dialog enter the following information:

  4. Click OK. The profile is added to the Intel vPro Wireless Profiles dialog and is available from the Profile drop-down list.
To apply an Intel vPro wireless profile to a managed device
  1. In the All devices list, right-click a managed Intel Centrino Pro notebook and select Intel vPro Wireless Profiles.
  2. Select a wireless profile and click Set profile.


Your network environment may require a longer timeout value for communication calls so there are fewer network errors. Note that if you increase the timeout value for Intel vPro calls, some operations may take longer to complete if devices are not responding.

To change the timeout, set the value in milliseconds that Intel vPro will use for communication calls on the network. The minimum value is 5000.