Learn more about this new web site - it's a great starter package for getting started on your Activation project.

 

 

Summary

This article is intended to show the method to integrate RealVNC Viewer Plus into a Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager Primary Site server.  This will allow you to simply right click on a provisioned Intel vPro system within SCCM and launch RealVNC's KVM Console seamlessly.

 

Recognition goes to Kyle Harbert of Intel that helped develop the coding to make these files work.

Prerequisites

·         RealVNC Viewer Plus: http://www.realvnc.com/products/viewerplus/index.html

·         Microsoft SCCM Primary Site Server installed and managing Intel vPro clients

·         Intel vPro clients provisioned by SCCM site server

Required Files (posted below)

·         vPro_Client.xml - This file must be placed in c:\Program Files\Microsoft Configuration Manager\AdminUI\XMLStorage\Extensions\Actions\7ba8bf44-2344-4035-bdb4-16630291dcf6 on the SCCM Primacy Site server

·         Launch_AMT_KVM.vbs - This file is called by SCCM when the additional menu options are activated.

Steps to Integrate RealVNC Viewer Plus into SCCM

1.   Install RealVNC Viewer Plus onto the same system that is running your SCCM Primary Site Server (use default values during installation and ensure the default location is c:\Program Files\RealVNC\VNCViewerPlus)

2.   If this folder does not exist (c:\Program Files\Microsoft Configuration Manager\AdminUI\XMLStorage\Extensions\Actions\7ba8bf44-2344-4035-bdb4-16630291dcf6), create this folder location and copy the vPro_Client.xml file into this folder.

a.    This file creates additional items in the right-click menu for individual systems in SCCM.  These items are used to connect the RealVNC KVM to that system.

3.   On the SCCM server, create c:\KVM folder and copy Launch_AMT_KVM.vbs into this folder

a.    This script retrieves the client’s FQDN from the SCCM database and launches KVM.

b.    The vPro_Client.xml points to Launch_AMT_KVM.vbs at c:\KVM

NOTE: You may have to restart SCCM Configuration Manager to get the right click capability.

 

You will now be able to right-click on an AMT 6 Provisioned vPro system and directly launch the RealVNC Viewer Plus from within SCCM.  Let me know how it works for you....happy KVM'ing!

 

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Source Code for files

 

Copy code below and save as: vPro_Client.xml

 

<ActionDescription Class="Group" DisplayName="vPro" MnemonicDisplayName="vPro" Description="PRO Client Tools" SqmDataPoint="53">
  <ActionGroups>
       
    <ActionDescription Class="Executable" DisplayName="AMT KVM" MnemonicDisplayName="Mnemonic" Description="AMT KVM">
      <Executable>
        <FilePath>cmd.exe</FilePath>
<Parameters>/C cscript c:\KVM\launch_AMT_KVM.vbs ##SUB:Name## ##SUB:__Server##</Parameters>
      </Executable>
    </ActionDescription>

  </ActionGroups>
</ActionDescription>

 

Copy code below and save as: Launch_AMT_KVM.vbs

Set objShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell")
objShell.CurrentDirectory = wscript.scriptfullname & "\.."

hostname = WScript.Arguments(0)
WScript.Echo(hostname)
strServer = WScript.Arguments(1)
WScript.Echo(strServer)


Set objLocator = CreateObject("WbemScripting.SWbemLocator")
Set objSMS = objLocator.ConnectServer(strServer, "Root/SMS")                    'connect to sms
objSMS.Security_.ImpersonationLevel = 3
set colSiteDetails=objSMS.ExecQuery("select Machine, SiteCode from SMS_ProviderLocation where ProviderForLocalSite=True")
For Each insSiteDetails In colSiteDetails
strSiteCode=insSiteDetails.SiteCode
next
set objSMS=objLocator.ConnectServer(strServer, "root/SMS/site_" & strSiteCode)
strQuery = "Select * From SMS_R_System where Name='" & hostname & "'"

Set objEnumerator1 = objSMS.ExecQuery(strQuery)
if not isnull(objEnumerator1) then
t=0
for each instance1 in objEnumerator1
  FQDN=instance1.ResourceNames(0)
  WScript.Echo(FQDN) 
  temp=split(FQDN,".",2)
  domain=temp(1)
  t=1
next


set oExec = objShell.Exec( "c:\Program Files\RealVNC\VNCViewerPlus\vncviewer.exe ConnectionMode=IntelAMT AmtSecurity=TLS " & FQDN )

else
wscript.echo("Not a valid machine.")
Wscript.quit(4)

end if

 

Over the past few months, we've put a lot of work into a new web site on Intel.com's IT Center. I'm so excited today to let you know that it's launched! This new site, nicknamed Activation 101, was designed to simplify activation. All of our key materials to help you ramp quickly are finally located in one central location. This is phase 1 of the site - phase 2 includes an awesome tool that is being coded as I type this.

 

Visit the web site at http://www.intel.com/go/vPro101.

 

The Home Page

 

Listed first are the key links that you need. You'll find links to a tool that scans your network and lets you know if you have Intel vPro PCs on your network already. You'll also find the link to our wiki that lists vPro PCs from some of the major PC manufacturers, demos that explain the technology, and the new SOFTWARE CATALOG.

 

Oops, sorry. Didn't mean to shout - but it's an exciting asset to this site.

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The Software Catalog

This sortable catalog allows you to search two different ways:

 

Do you already have software that supports Intel vPro in-house? Then locate your software in the catalog and see which vPro usage models it supports. Click on the software name to drill down to more detail.

 

Or, are you looking for software? If you know what you want to do with your PCs with Intel vPro technology, then search by usage model. You can select the columns which are most important to you, such as Diagnose and Repair PCs Remotely, Isolate and Recover Infected PCs, and more. Then you can filter the results to see only the software packages that support those usages.

 

See? It *was* something to shout about. ;-)

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New Demos Spell It Out

The usage models for Intel vPro technology are outlined on our Activation 101 site - and you can watch short demos for each one. I've collected the links for them right here:

 

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I am often asked which boot discs I use with IDE Redirection (IDEr). So, I finaly got around to making a list. My goal is to keep it updated as I find and use more useful tools because i know there are loads of them out there. If you have a favorite boot disk or uses for IDEr please post your response. I'd love to hear it and try it myself. My list is posted here:

 

http://communities.intel.com/docs/DOC-5594

Enter to win an Amazon Kindle!We're hosting a live chat this Thursday at 12 pm PST - the topic is desktop virtualization and Intel vPro technology. I hope you can join us! Here is the online chat description:

 

 

As desktop virtualization delivery models continue to advance and come to market, it is clear that they are a natural evolution of the many tools available to enterprise IT to achieve continued operational efficiency and cost-savings through a disciplined yet flexible approach to  a well-managed client fleet.  As software delivery models have evolved, IT departments have more choices than ever. Choosing the appropriate desktop virtualization model requires a balance of many factors. Finding a solution that meets all relevant user and IT needs is likely to involve a mix of delivery models, even within a single user segment.  PCs powered by the Intel Core vPro processor family can help businesses cut costs and increase efficiency by taking advantage of intelligent performance and unique hardware-assisted security and manageability features. Intel Core vPro processor based PCs offer an enterprise client architect an uncompromised performance,  manageability, and security platform choice from which to deliver all desktop virtualization models.  Intel, Micrsoft, and Citrix have partnered to bring interoperable desktop virtualization solutions to market that address all client management and desktop delivery models.

 

 

The chat will air live at Ask An Expert and the transcript will be posted afterwards.

 

Hope you can join us!

Live from the Intel Developer Forum! Host Michele Gartner shares some of what you will find in the Intel® vPro™ Technology Community and talks with Matt Royer and Lisa Watts about the sessions the sessions they are leading.

 

Swedish Public Employment Service’s IT department wanted to improve the end user experience and maintain the high security of its client infrastructure while lowering total cost of ownership. The IT department also needed to reduce the agency’s impact on the environment by shutting down computers outside working hours.

 

The solution? Replacing 14,500 desktop systems with 12,300 HP 8440 EliteBooks* powered by the Intel® Core™i5 vPro™ processor. The remote power management feature of Intel vPro technology can power laptops up and down, enabling technicians to deploy off-hours security patches without needing to leave the computers turned on 24/7. Now the Employment Service saves 6 million KWh of electricity per year—which translates to EUR 625,000 and much lower carbon emissions. And employees can work from anywhere with just one user name and password.

 

“Switching to laptops powered by the Intel® Core™i5 vPro™ processor enables us to meet the guidelines set out by our corporate strategies on mobility and the environment,” explains Mats Larrson Lantz, project manager, for the Swedish Public Employment Service. “The end user experience is significantly improved, energy consumption is considerably reduced, and security is enhanced, not compromised.”

 

Get the whole story in our new Swedish Public Service business success story. As always, you can find this one, and many more, in the Intel.com Reference Room and IT Center.

 


*Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.

Customers are using Intel vPro Technology to power-on several systems at defined times.   Take a look at the following article for insights learned and shared to make it a great experince in a Symantec\Altiris environment

 

http://www.symantec.com/connect/articles/optimizing-rtci-intel-vpro-operations

 

The Intel Developer Forum is just around the corner! I went into the lab and found Jake Gauthier, our vPro Uber Geek, in the lab. Check out this sneak peek of his KVM demo for IDF. I hope that you don't suffer from motion sickness - I shouldn't have had that afternoon latte....

With IDF happening next week, the team is revved into high gear! I sit next to the vPro event engineering team, where they've been orchestrating the booths, ordering giveaway, building demos, and more. I came into the office today and there were stacks of Intel vPro shirts to be sorted and shipped for booth staffers. Love this time of year!

 

The Intel vPro booth is actually a community area - it's the largest booth space at the Intel Developer Forum - and we share the space with many of our partners. Check out the list below - we have a great line up this year. You'll find demos that include agent presence, disk encryption, Intel Anti Theft technology, KVM, and more. Our vPro Uber Geek will be demo-ing KVM Remote Control and Remote Drive Share.

 

See below for a map of the show floor. Make sure that you stop by and say Hi!

 

 

Booth #:

Intel®   vPro™ Technology Community Exhibitors

679

Wave

675

Softex

678

RealVNC Ltd

677

Spiceworks

654

Microsoft

672

McAfee

650

WinMagic

676

IGS/Integrity

658

HP

652

Citrix

674

Symantec

668

PGP

660

Absolute   Software

662

Lenovo

664

LanDesk

670

BMC   Software

666

RingCube

656

Intel vPro Expert Center - Use Case Reference Designs

 

 

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The Intel Developer Forum is just around the corner - starting September 13th! I've compiled a list of the Intel vPro sessions to make conference planning easier - you can also use the very cool My IDF forum planner that the IDF team launched this year. And if you can't make it to IDF this year, then no worries, I'll post links to the session slide decks after the conference.

 

EMBS003: Improve the Manageability and Security of Your Embedded Devices With Intel® vPro™ Technology

Intended Audience: Embedded Developers, OEMs, ODMs, Embedded Users, Developers who want to implement manageability and security into embedded devices

 

The extensive proliferation of embedded devices makes it critical to be able to manage these remotely and provide a level of security that prevents attacks and intrusions from rogue elements.

 

Session Topics:

  • Overview of Intel® vPro™ Technology

  • Support process used to enable Intel vPro technology in embedded devices

  • Discussion of Demo-Reference Kits available for the different Intel vPro Technology ingredients

  • Usage models that take advantage of Intel® Active Management Technology, Intel® Virtualization Technology and Intel® Trusted Execution Technology

 

Type: Lecture Session

 

Speakers:

  • Brad Corrion Product Segment Architect, Intel Corporation

  • Micheil L. Lee Application Engineer, Intel Corporation

PROL001: Intel® vPro™ Technology in the Real World: Pushing the Limits with Innovative Software

Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT) provides a fixed set of out-of-band manageability features that work independently of the operating system (OS) and work even when the computer is sleeping. In this lab, we take a look at how to make use of Intel AMT well beyond its intended design, and we examine how these new usages increase the value of deploying and activating Intel® vPro™ Technology. Specifically, we discuss creative uses of many Intel AMT functions: Serial-over-LAN, IDE Redirection, Agent Presence, Third-Party Data Storage: and increased performance with a new Intel® Core™ vPro™ processor and next-generation Intel AMT features. These functions are readily available to a large installed base of Intel vPro Technology users. We also show how these creative uses are secured with existing Intel AMT authentication and privacy mechanisms.

 

Topics include:

  • Looking at the latest Intel AMT features

  • Demonstrating how each feature of Intel AMT can be used for many usages

  • Getting started with developing applications for Intel AMT and leveraging existing code

  • Making use of Intel AMT beyond its original intended design

  • Different ways of settings up Intel AMT

 

This is an advanced session and attendees should have basic knowledge of network and manageability concepts.

 

Type: Lab

 

Speakers:

  • Ylian Saint-Hilaire Senior Software Architect, Intel Corporation

PROL002: Repeat: Intel® vPro™ Technology in the Real World: Pushing the Limits with Innovative Software

Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT) provides a fixed set of out-of-band manageability features that work independently of the operating system (OS) and work even when the computer is sleeping. In this lab, we take a look at how to make use of Intel AMT well beyond its intended design, and we examine how these new usages increase the value of deploying and activating Intel® vPro™ Technology. Specifically, we discuss creative uses of many Intel AMT functions: Serial-over-LAN, IDE Redirection, Agent Presence, Third-Party Data Storage: and increased performance with a new Intel® Core™ vPro™ processor and next-generation Intel AMT features. These functions are readily available to a large installed base of Intel vPro Technology users. We also show how these creative uses are secured with existing Intel AMT authentication and privacy mechanisms.

 

Topics include:

 

  • Looking at the latest Intel AMT features

  • Demonstrating how each feature of Intel AMT can be used for many usages

  • Getting started with developing applications for Intel AMT and leveraging existing code

  • Making use of Intel AMT beyond its original intended design

  • Different ways of settings up Intel AMT

 

This is an advanced session and attendees should have basic knowledge of network and manageability concepts.

 

Type: Lab

 

Speakers:

  • Ylian Saint-Hilaire Senior Software Architect, Intel Corporation

PROP001: Deployment and Evaluation of Desktop Virtualization in End User Environments

Desktop virtualization architectures are rapidly evolving and are proving to be of significant value to IT shops. This panel will feature discussions with an industry leading independent software vendor, a system integrator and an end-user.

 

Topics include:

  • Investigate different client virtualization architectures spanning the breadth of client virtualization technologies

  • See demonstrations of Intel’s End-user Integration Lab and tools

  • Discover which tools can be leveraged to accelerate large scale deployments

  • There will be time to ask questions to the panel of experts.

 

Type: Panel

 

Speakers:

  • David Buchholz Principal Engineer, Intel Corporation

  • Raghu Moorthy Program Manager - End User Integration Capabilities, Intel Corporation

  • Greg Stelzer Director of End User Integration Capabilities, Intel Corporation

  • Aaron Cockerill Senior Director of Product Management, Citrix XenDesktop

  • Thomas Vetterani Manager Solutions Development & Market Quality, CompuCom Systems

PROS001: Technical Overview of Next Generation Intel® vPro™ Technology

Intel® vPro™ Technology is entering its fifth generation in 2011. This session provides a technical overview of the evolving Intel vPro Technology architecture.

 

Topics include:

 

  • Architecture overview of Intel vPro Technology: A look under the hood

  • New features for 2011 platforms

  • Deployment considerations

  • Innovation opportunities with Intel vPro Technology

 

Type: Lecture Session

 

Speakers:

  • Lisa Watts Director of Business Platform Strategy , Intel Corporation

  • Yasser Rasheed Engineering Manager, Intel Corporation

  • Jeff Marek Director of Business Client Engineering, Intel Corporation

  • Thomas Vetterani Manager Solutions Development & Market Quality, CompuCom Systems

PROS002: Intel® vPro™ Technology: Extending Control and Security through Software Partners

This session will demonstrate how to optimize manageability and service desk operations with Intel® vPro™ Technology, demonstrated through various partner solutions.

 

Topics include:

 

Discussion on the major usages that deliver optimum client management with Intel vPro Technology:

  • Utilize secure, reliable remote power-on to provide off hours patch management

  • Integration into the latest power management features available

  • Increase your Windows* 7 deployment scenarios and improve efficiency

  • New auditing and compliance management

  • Investigation into lowering helpdesk costs with the latest solutions

  • Overview of the latest helpdesk features: hardware-based KVM and access to laptops outside the firewall

  • Lower operating costs by resolving more issues remotely with diagnostic tools

  • Overview of key security features focusing on Intel® Anti-Theft technology

  • Dive into the key components of usages

  • Demonstration showing the intelligence of workflows to take advantage of managing and reporting across all your systems with Intel Anti-Theft technology

 

Type: Lecture Session

 

Speakers:

  • Matt Royer Sr. Technical Integration Engineer, Intel Corporation

  • Joshua Moss Ecosystem Enabling Manager, Intel Corporation

PROS003: Desktop Virtualization and Security

Desktop Virtualization is a vital component of an end-to-end cloud computing solution. This session highlights recent advancements in the Desktop Virtualization ecosystem to deliver hardened security capabilities that protect cloud-computing assets and ensure that recovery from security incidents is timely.

 

In this session you will:

  • Discover how ecosystem partners are working to broaden availability of essential components of Desktop Virtualization

  • Review Components including Intel® Virtualization Technology for IA-32, Intel® 64 and Intel® Architecture (Intel® VT-x), Intel® Trusted Execution Technology (Intel® TXT), Intel® Trusted Platform Module (Intel® TPM) and Intel® WB1400 1 x STM-4/OC-12 or 4 x STM-1/OC-3 Channelized SONET/SDH Framer

  • Hear about emergency response services based on Common Vulnerability Scoring Systems (CVSS) that can be helpful in restoring the compromised component of a cloud computing solution to a known good state


Type: Lecture Session

 

Speakers:

  • Thomas James Director, Dynamic Virtual Computing Office, Intel Corporation

  • Michael Condry Senior Security Technologies Strategist, Intel Corporation

  • Ned Smith Staff Security Architect, Intel Corporation

PROS004: Intel® Core™ vPro™ Processor Solutions and You

Want to see client manageability on steroids? You already know that the Intel® Core ™ vPro™ Processors allow IT to maintain, manage, and protect your business PCs. But, do you want to see how to take remote manageability, diagnostics and repair to the next level? This session will cover examples and reference designs that leverage the out-of-band use cases (KVM Remote Control, IDE-Redirection, Serial-Over-LAN, Power Control, etc ) to deliver complete solutions for real IT challenges.

 

Demonstrations in the session will include:

 

  • Drop in solutions that work with existing management capabilities. You can do that.

  • Keeping users productive while you rebuild their client. You can do that.

  • Enhanced Remote Repair solutions with and without KVM Remote Control. You can do that.

  • Automate IT Out-of-Band business processes with Microsoft* Windows* PowerShell. You can do that.

 

Type: Lecture Session

 

Speakers:

  • Michael Seawright Director of Client Computing, Enterprise Sales, Intel Corporation

  • Thomas Vetterani Manager Solutions Development & Market Quality, CompuCom Systems

  • Carl Jones Engineering Manager, Intel Corporation

  • Matt Royer Sr. Technical Integration Engineer, Intel Corporation

PROS005: Small and Medium Business: Solutions with Intel® vPro™ Technology

Intel® vPro™ Technology delivers value to small and medium business environments. Come hear a team of Business Client Platform Division experts introduce the latest platform capabilities, development tools and integration into managed and unmanaged Small and Medium Business (SMB) environments.

 

Topics include:

  • New Intel® Technologies and Services aimed at SMB environments
  • Intel vPro Technology integration into Microsoft* small business server products

  • Reduce development and implementation time and costs by taking advantage of reference SDKs and application samples

 

Type: Lecture Session

 

Speakers:

  • Teri McFaul Small Business & Market Development, Technical Marketing Engineer, Intel Corporation

  • Abdul Bailey Digital Office Advanced Development Platform Software Architect, Intel Corporation

  • Suzanne Fowler Platform Architect, Intel Corporation

http://www.vproexpert.com/E24VZ/livechat/camera.jpg We're hosting an online chat next week and the focus is Green IT - I'm excited to see where the conversation takes us! The chat occurs on September 9th, from 12 pm to 1:30 pm. The Intel experts on hand include Greg Boitano (Marketing Manager), Dan Brunton (Integration Engineer), Kyle Harbert (Software Engineer), Chris Peters (Intel IT), and Steve Taylor (Solution Architect).

 

This discussion could head in different directions - maybe we'll chat about power management strategies and how much money that can save businesses in the long run. Or eliminating truck rolls. Here's a great ROI analysis paper that measures that in particular: Reducing 856,000 Pounds of CO2 Emissions through Remote Services and Off-Hours Power Management.

 

Be sure to join us for the chat! And don't forget to register for a chance to win a Canon DSLR camera!

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