Using integrated platform capabilities and popular third-party management and security applications, Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT) allows IT or managed service providers to better discover, repair, and protect their networked computing assets. Intel AMT enables IT or managed service providers to manage and repair not only their PC assets, but workstations and entry servers as well, utilizing the same infrastructure and tools across platforms for management consistency. For embedded developers, this means that devices can be diagnosed and repaired remotely, ultimately lowering IT support costs. Intel AMT is a feature of Intel® Core™ processors with Intel® vPro™ technology1,2 and workstation platforms based on select Intel® Xeon® processors.
Intel design teams determined that better asset management, reduced downtime, and minimized desk-side visits were best addressed through platform architectural enhancements, resulting in the following features and benefits for supporting those needs.
With built-in manageability, Intel AMT allows IT to discover assets even while platforms are powered off.1,2
With out-of-band management capabilities, including Keyboard-Video-Mouse (KVM) Remote Control,3 Intel AMT allows IT to remotely remediate and recover systems after OS failures. Out-of-band alerting and event logging also help to reduce downtime.
Ensuring better protection for your enterprise, hardware-based agent presence checking proactively detects when software agents are running. When missing agents are detected, alerts are sent to the management console.
Intel® AMT System Defense Manager proactively blocks incoming threats, containing infected clients before they impact the network and alerting IT when critical software agents are removed.
Intel AMT helps keep software and virus protection up-to-date across the enterprise, enabling third-party software to store version numbers or policy data in non-volatile memory for off-hours retrieval or updates.
With the Intel® vPro™ Technology Module for Microsoft Windows PowerShell*, IT has direct access to Intel AMT and can use Windows PowerShell scripts to take advantage of features not available in their existing management console—for example, remotely configuring alarm clock settings.
Windows PowerShell scripts integrate seamlessly into existing tools, enabling IT to quickly and easily execute Intel AMT commands on their Intel vPro-based managed clients and workstations and Intel AMT-capable entry servers.
Factory robots and various industrial systems are often built on different platforms. This makes it difficult and time-consuming to manually track assets and keep them up to date with the latest software, policies, and licenses. IT professionals can remotely query, update, and inventory factory floor systems from a single management console regardless of the operating system or platform configuration. Asset information resides in the system's non-volatile memory, and it can be accessed by the console no matter the state of the machine.
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Although most retailers can power down some systems at the close of business to save power, many don't because IT departments typically send software and data updates during off hours. With remote management software based on Intel AMT, IT can reconfigure systems to turn off after work hours and turn back on when IT requires access. Embedded developers will note that this feature—combined with the power-efficiency of Intel® processors—can generate considerable cost savings and help protect the environment.
1. Intel® vPro™ technology is sophisticated and requires setup and activation. Availability of features and results will depend upon the setup and configuration of your hardware, software, and IT environments. To learn more visit: www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/architecture-and-technology/vpro/vpro-technology-general.html.
2. Requires activation and a system with a corporate network connection, an Intel® AMT-enabled chipset, network hardware, and software. For notebooks, Intel AMT may be unavailable or limited over a host OS-based VPN, when connecting wirelessly, on battery power, sleeping, hibernating, or powered off. Results dependent upon hardware, setup, and configuration. For more information, visit www.intel.com/technology/vpro/index.htm.
3. KVM Remote Control (Keyboard, Video, Mouse) is only available with the Intel® Xeon® processor family, Intel® Core™ i5 vPro™ processor, and Intel® Core™ i7 vPro™ processor running activated and configured Intel® Active Management Technology with integrated graphics. Discrete graphics are not supported.