How to Enable AMT

By Greyson Ferguson

Active management technology, or AMT, comes installed on HP Compaq business computers. The technology helps create and support improved management and better security. None of these improvements works without AMT being activated.

Step 1

Boot the HP business computer. It will boot a little differently and offer a few selections before running Microsoft Windows. Press "F10." This will load the system BIOS configuration.

Step 2

Select "Storage" and then choose "Boot Order." Disable the hard drive and network booting options. Scroll down and select "Security" and then "System Security." Enable both virtualization technology and technology directed. Scroll again to select "Advanced" and "Power on Options." Turn on "After Power Loss" and display the "Setup Prompt." Save the changes and reboot the system.

Step 3

Hold down "CTRL" and "P" when the reboot finishes. The computer will bring up the MEBx configuration. Create a user name and password and continue the configuration. Enable "State Control," then select "Firmware Local Update Qualifier" and choose "Always Open." Go to "Features Control," choose "Manageability Feature Selection" and pick "AMT." Next pick "Power Control" and set the host sleet states to "Widest." Press the "ESC" button, and the computer will reboot again.

Step 4

Press "CTRL" and "P" again when the reboot has completed. Choose "Host Name" (same name as operating system host name). Chose "TCP/IP" and press "N" to enable the network interface. Chose "Provision Model" and click "N" again to not change AMT mode, then "Y" to change to small business.

Step 5

Finally choose "SOL/IDE-R" and hit "Y" to confirm the warning. Next, enable the "Serial Over LAN" and "IDE Redirection." Chose "Secure Firmware Update" and enable it as well. Press the "ESC" button, and the computer will reboot a third time. After the reboot, turn off the system and then start it again. AMT will be enabled.

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