Depending on your companies requirements (i.e. security, infrastructure, biz process) Activation can mean many things. If your security requirements are such Activation can simply mean enabling AMT in the BIOS in SMB mode. If your requirements are more stringent it can mean enabling AMT to prepare for Remote Configuration (Zero Touch), or, if you are still doing it the "old" way, then you are either manually (YUKE!) applying the PID/PPS combo or using the USB methodology. Great, but is this Activation? What about the other pieces to the device lifecycle i.e. break/fix, reuse, EOL where you have to manage the certificate? Intel IT, along with help from our friends in other Intel orgs are developing a programmatic script to aid in managing the systems as they move through the lifecycle. But is this Activation? How about how you use AMT? What business processes need to be changed to gain the full benefit of the cost savings from AMT?

 

Activation, as defined by Webster's Dictionary, is to make active or more active, or to set up or formally institute with the necessary personnel and equipment. What this means to AMT is that you need to map out all aspects of the full use of AMT but measure it based on each step of the way to get a clear picture of where you are. In other words, define your total market (system in the environment that are AMT capable); how many have AMT enabled in the BIOS (in prep for RC); how many are fully provisioned; how far have you tested your full lifecycle; do you have your console strategy in place; how have you defined your use cases; are you using it? Each step is making AMT more active. How far have you gone? How do you define Activation?

 

 

Note: As the Intel IT and product groups validate the new provisioing script we will post additional information. It effectively removes the ambiguity in provisioing lifecycle; managing from intial provision to break / fix. More to come.