If you have been using Intel SCS 7.1, the upgrade path to version 8 in non-database mode is really simple.

 

Shown below is an Intel SCS 7.1 instance with 2 profiles present.

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After downloading Intel SCS 8 (http://www.intel.com/go/scs), extract the files and find the RCS directory.

 

Start the IntelSCSInstaller.exe shown in the screenshot below.

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The installer will recognize the existing Intel SCS 7.1 instance and prompt for upgrade to version 8

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Click Next and complete the installation process.  You will be prompted for the service logon account password.

 

At the completion of the upgrade, the new version of Intel RCS (RCSserver) and console have been installed.   Shown below - the same two profile are still available.

 

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Two final items to complete.   The Configuration directory provided in the download has a newer instance of ACUconfig.exe.   This should be used on the end points that will be configuring Intel AMT and talking to the Intel RCS version 8 instance.   In addition, if you exported configuration profiles to run the Intel AMT configuration event locally on the client, re-export the profiles.   This will update a few items in the profile.xml.

 

Shown below is the ACUconfig v8 (top) and v7 (bottom).   The ACU.dll and ACUconfig.exe have been updated.

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If you used the ACUconfig SystemDiscovery feature with ACUconfig.exe version 7, the version 8 output will include a new format and more details.   See the Intel SCS 8 user guide.

 

Additional information on suggested commands and approach to Intel SCS 8 Deployment are available via the Deployment Guide at http://www.intel.com/go/scs

With the release of the Setup and Configuration Software version 8, we have introduced a lot of changes.  First, there are a lot of technical changes to how SCS 8 works compared to the previous version.  Second, this is the first release of the software that’s geared towards wide use.  Previously, we targeted this software towards software development companies interested in including Intel® vPro™ Technology capabilities in their software products.  So, in order to help organizations adopt and use SCS 8 I have put together some training videos to help you get up to speed with the SCS.  They videos are available at http://www.intel.com/go/scs.

 

We have six videos that will give you an overview of the Intel® vPro™ Technology platform, the SCS and how they work together.  In total, it’s about an hour’s worth of video total.  Here’s a brief summary of each of the videos.

    • This module discusses the various pre-requisites that ease the setup and configuration process of Intel® vPro™ Technology clients.

     

    Please share your feedback on these videos.  If there is enough interest in topics not covered, or enough interest in deeper discussion of specific topics, I can look into creating additional videos.

    Intel® Setup and Configuration Software (Intel® SCS) 8.0 has just released! Using Intel® SCS aims to be an easy process for unlocking the features and the value of systems with Intel® processors with Intel® vPro™ technology. If you find you need some assistance or come across some unanswered questions, there are plenty of online resources for you to visit for assistance.

     

    Have a question? Try posting it on our Intel® SCS Community page. Also, check out the product page to find quick documents, videos and more.

     

    If you still have concerns, submit more serious inquiries through this e-mail form!

    Please try posting your question in the Intel® SCS Community first so that others can benefit from this knowledge sharing! Thank you all.

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    So you just provisioned a system with the Intel SCS and now you want to change an AMT setting – the quickest and easiest way is using the Intel vPro Technology Module to mount a PowerShell drive provider.

     

    A PowerShell Drive provides the ability to map a logical data store just like a physical data store. A good example of a drive provider is the Windows registry and the Certificate stores. Type Get-PSDrive to list the current drives.

     

    psdrive.jpg

     

    Intel has implemented a drive provider (amtsystem) to expose AMT. A remote vPro client can be mapped with a New-PSdrive command, and the local system is mapped to the HECI PSDrive when the intelvPro module is imported.

     

    If you don’t have the Intel vPro PowerShell module yet, download at http://intel.com/go/powershell

    To get started using the AMT PowerShell drive provider, the first thing to do is import the IntelvPro Module:

     

    Import-Module IntelvPro

     

    Let’s map a New-PSDrive to a remote vPro system.  To do so, run the following command from the PowerShell console:

     

    New-PSDrive -Name AMT -PSProvider amtsystem -Root "/" -ComputerName vproclient.vprodemo.com -Credential $myPScredential

     

    If your AMT client is configured in TLS mode (TLS encrypted traffic over AMT Port 16993), add the –TLS switch to the command.

    The name of the drive can be whatever you would like, we have settled on a name of AMT for consistency, but feel free to change this.

     

    If you type Get-PSDrive again you will see the PS-Drive with the name (in our case AMT) you gave it.

    get-psdrive with AMT mapped.jpg

     

     

    Now that the AMT PowerShell Drive is mapped, you can browse and navigate the remote system in a similar fashion as a normal file system drive:

    Set-Location AMT:\ (or cd AMT:)
    Get-ChildItem (or dir or ls)

     

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    What can we do then with this newly mapped drive? We can perform a Get-Content and pull the AMT Event log:

    Get-Content AMT:\logs\EventLog

    get-eventlog.jpg/servlet/JiveServlet/downloadImage/38-13732-27910/eventlog.jpg

     

    And the same for the AMT Access Monitor (Audit Log):

    Get-Content AMT:\logs\AccessMonitor

    get-auditlog.jpg/servlet/JiveServlet/downloadImage/38-13732-27911/AccessMonitor.jpg

     

    We can enumerate the system Hardware Inventory and dump the data to a file for auditing purposes:

    Get-ChildItem -Recurse AMT:\HardwareAssets | Out-File C:\PS\HWInv.txt

     

    If that is too much info we could focus on the BIOS:
    Get-ChildItem -Recurse AMT:\HardwareAssets\BIOS

    get-bios.png/servlet/JiveServlet/downloadImage/38-13732-27912/HWInv.jpg

     

     

    To turn IDE-R on:

    Set-Item AMT:\Config\Redirection\IderEnabled -value "True"

     

    To turn KVM User consent off:

    Set-Item AMT:\Config\KVM\ConsentRequired -value “False"

     

    To change the AMT hostname:

    Set-Item AMT:\Config\etc\Hosts\HostName “NewHostName”

     

    Add a new user and give them rights:

    New-Item AMT:\Config\ACL\Digest\NewDigestUser -Password P@ssw0rd

    Set-ItemProperty AMT:\Config\ACL\Digest\NewDigestUser -Name Privileges -Value RC,REDIR,EVTLOG

    newdigestuser.png

     

    To check out network settings:

    cd AMT:\config\etc\networks

    ls

     

    List the Power Policy Schemes:

    cd AMT:\config\etc\PowerPolicy\Schemes

    ls

     

    To change a PowerPolicy:

    cd amt:\config\etc\PowerPolicy\

    Set-Item .\ActiveScheme –value 12834f94-10fb-dc4f-968e-1e232b0c9065

    Set-Item .\ActiveScheme –value 46732273-dc23-2f43-a98a-13d37982d855

     

     

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    “We now have a robust and reliable support environment which requires less infrastructure to support,” said Mike Williams, manager of operations support for the airport passenger systems at  Servisair.


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    To continue to meet the growing demands of its customers, KMS participated in the Intel and Microsoft Accelerate Small and Medium Business* (Accelerate SMB*) program. Accelerate SMB is a channel training and incentives program designed to drive sales of 2nd generation Intel® Core™ vPro™ processors with a Microsoft Windows* 7 and Microsoft Office* 2010 refresh. PCs built on the latest Intel® technology and running Windows 7 Service Pack 1 help to improve a user’s PC experience and productivity with technology designed to work together. The PCs also help IT analysts by enabling remote management and maintenance.

     

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    Learn all about it in our new KMS Components business success story. As always, you can find many more like this one on the Intel.com Business Success Stories for IT Managers page or the Business Success Stories for IT Managers channel on iTunes. And to keep up to date on the latest business success stories, follow ReferenceRoom on Twitter.

     

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