Recently I was out deploying vPro I ran into a situation that I needed to validate the SCS configuration & ensure that I was seeing the right data in the ISV console that I was working on. I also remember hearing from Matt about a nice little utility call AMT SCS console.exe that would do the trick. I downloaded the SCS zip file @ http://softwarecommunity.intel.com/articles/eng/1025.htm. Which I believe is posted on the tools wiki.
I opened up the zip & installed the AMTConsole.exe & did a direct connection to the SCS.. Powerful yes, good validation tool - yes. I recommend this very highly if you are interested in deeper troubleshooting than the standard tools out there.