Much of the recent news around Microsoft System Center has been focus on the upcoming release of Microsoft System Configuration Manager SP1. However, did you know that MS System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) and System Center Essentials (SCE) also have support for vPro Client management through the use of the Intel Client Manageability Pack for SCOM & SCE?
First a little background...
What is MS System Center Operations Manager? SCOM is the third generation of Microsoft's monitoring solution. Operations Manager provides an easy-to-use monitoring environment that monitors thousands of servers, applications, and clients to provide a comprehensive view of the health of an organization's IT environment.
What is MS System Center Essentials? Microsoft System Center Essentials 2007 is a new management solution in the System Center family of IT systems management products. Essentials is specifically designed for IT professionals working in midsize businesses who often face IT challenges similar to those of larger enterprises - troubleshooting end user problems, automating management tasks, managing multiple systems, and diagnosing and resolving IT problems.
So where does the Intel Client Management Pack for SCOM and SCE fit in?
The Intel Client Management Pack for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager and System Center Essentials enables the users of these applications to take advantage of the advanced, hardware-based system management capabilities of vPro. These capabilities will help reduce the cost of discovering, managing and securing desktop and mobile PCs in the enterprise and thereby improving compliance with corporate policies. Information Technology support staff can now rapidly and remotely communicate with, power up, reboot, control, inventory assets, and remediate vPro capable clients even if the PC is powered off or the operating system is not functioning.
For more information and download of the Intel Client Manageability Pack for SCOM and SCE, please visit: http://softwarecommunity.intel.com/articles/eng/3681.htm