Activate Today! Realize ROI with Intel® vPro™ Technology and LANDesk is now available for viewing and download

 

We are hosting a series of ROI and activation webinars on Tech Republic; each one is focused on a specific management console - Symantec Altiris, Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager, and LANDesk.

 

Join the team from the Intel vPro Expert Center for an informative Webcast on the ROI savings and activation process for PCs with Intel® vPro™ technology and LANDesk.

 

This live TechRepublic Webcast, featuring Q&A, will be hosted by James Hilliard and feature special guest speakers from Intel Corporation, Jeff Marek, Director of End User Platform Engineering, Digital Office, and Jeff Torello, Staff Architect, Digital Office and Rich Williams, Director of Strategic Alliances, LANDesk. They will discuss the ROI possible with Intel vPro technology usage models activated, a review of the primary usage models supported by LANDesk, and an overview of the activation process using LANDesk.

 

 

 

Have questions that aren't covered here? Please post them in the Ask An Expert forum and we'll get them answered for you.

 

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Is there savings report that can be provided to management on using power save option? How can we prove to them that we used this many KW of power before and this is the usage after the changes and this is the saving in dollars.....is it possible through Intel/LANDesk combo....

LANDesk has a power savings estimation tool you can use to predict power savings. (http://pmdb.cadmusdev.com/powermanagement/quickCalc.html) There is a product that is part of the LANDesk management suite called LANDesk Power Manager that can assist with this.

Does LANDesk works on windows 7

Not currently, but it will when Windows 7 ships or shortly thereafter

 

Can we have Jessie's email address - I am in the planning stage of implementing vPro and it would help if I can get some advice from him....

Sure! jesse.fournier@mortenson.com 763-287-5490

Can the test lab be in VM

The server side can be VM, absolutely. The client machines need to be physical hardware. :)

What if I convert a vPro machine to virtual - will it still not work in vm environment...

You cannot virtualize the vPro client as the vPro functionality is inside the chipset of the machine, not in the Operating System software. For a lab, there would be no benefit to virtualizing the client systems as you need physical machines in order to test the vPro features.

Is there a step by step guide to configuring LD for vPro

Yes, there is a quick start guide available on the Intel vPro Expert Center: http://communities.intel.com/docs/DOC-1381

 

Is this guide specific to vPro and LANDesk?

Yes, that is correct. If you're looking for additional information on vPro, please see: http://www.intel.com/go/vproexpert

Is there a specific vPro client recommended when using LANDesk

LANDesk supports all current versions of vPro. There are several manufacturers that provide vPro systems. We do not recommend one over another. It is best if you make the choice as to which manufacturer best meets your needs. The vPro implementation is similar across all.

Are all AMT type computers considered vPro and how can I tell the management engine is enabled

There are a few generations of AMT and the latest versions will qualify for the vPro logo. The latest versions are AMT 4 & 5. If you don't need the additional features that were added in these versions, you can buy a version referred to as Intel Standard Manageability. So there are two versions to look for. The 2nd question about the management engine state. I'd suggest looking for a utility on the vPro Expert Center called iAMT Scan. This runs an application at the client called MEINFO and puts the info into the registry. You can then query the registry to see what version of the Management Engine (ME), its state - enabled or not, as well as versions of supporting software on the client.

What difference for at least power management would there be with using vPro to do it or the built in LANDesk functionality to control machines for example to power on a machine, patch it and then shut it back down?

Previously at any given time, there were usually 20% of the machines turned off and on weekends even higher. With 'green' initiatives, many companies are requiring most PCs to be turned off. However, to patch machines, LANDesk needs the PCs turned on. So they either have to be left on or be turned on remotely. The savings comes from being able to turn machines on to patch them and turn them back off. If they are on, LANDesk can patch them and then turn them off if the corporate policy allows this. I hope that addresses your question.

 

Where is that inventory script to identify vPro capable computers?

You can visit this site: click here

LANDesk with 8.8 sp2 using wol has power management features(setting policy, waking machines up and patch for example) so we are looking at that and I was wondering what benefit using vPro for that functionality would provide if any.

In the LANDesk console when you check the wake up box as part of patch management or software distribution, LANDesk will automatically wake up a system via vPro first. Since vPro works over TCP/IP it is more reliable than Wake On LAN. After LD tries to wake up systems via vPro, it then automatically sends out a WOL packet. There are not separated check boxes inside LANDesk to send out vPro and WOL packets, the software does this automatically.

How can we tell what machines are vPro capable in the ld console?

LANDesk uses its Unmanaged Device Discovery to find vPro machines. After a discovery of devices, vPro enabled systems will show up in the vPro system field and then you can drop an agent onto these machines. There are also reports and database queries you can run to show all vPro systems.

You need to provision the VPro config on the PC's. Is there an easy way to do this for PC's that are already in company?

Yes, PCs that are deployed in your environment can be provisioned via the LANDesk agent once you configure the infrastructure to support the remote provisioning (no physical touch). See the quick start guide for details.

 

Is LANDesk as vPro provisioning server able to work without TLS or only with TLS? Regarding vPro manageability, not speaking about provisioning. Thanks. Otto.

Yes, in fact you can change from TLS to non TLS mode inside the LANDesk console

Is LANDesk agent able to provision vPro Bios?

Yes, the LANDesk solution supports Zero Touch Provisioning and other methods of provisioning clients for Enterprise and Small Business mode with or without TLS.  In addition you can update BIOS versions through the LANDesk console.  We use the OEMs flash tools and can schedule a job to remotely flash BIOS.

Is LANDesk capable to overtake text boot screen and also keyboard remotely. Like press "F1","F2" etc... remotely

Yes.  However, some key sequences do not work on certain systems due to BIOS issues.  Note:  As part of vPro Remote Boot Manager in LANDesk, you can enter a client’s BIOS during restart by checking a box and then remotely change settings  in the BIOS via the LANDesk console

 

Is LANDesk capable to activate vPro bios inside of common MB Bios? Especially HP notebooks have vPro Bios configuration disabled, and you have to do motherboard Bios change to enable "CTRL-P". Can LANDesk do it remotely on "branded" PC??”

HP would need to have a utility that allows you to change BIOS configurations remotely.  Once vPro is enabled, you can use LANDesk to enter the BIOS remotely on reboot and edit BIOS settings.  I know Lenovo has a tool that allows remote BIOS changes and this utility can be used with LANDesk technology to change BIOS settings remotely like enabling vPro ME in the BIOS.

We have LANDesk and vPro. What do we have to do to start using these features?

 

The best thing to do is go to the vPro Expert Center and look for the vPro LANDesk Quick Start Guide. That shows you what to do. You can also find demos on both the Intel and LANDesk websites. http://communities.intel.com/community/openportit/vproexpert/activation?view=all&tagSet=1025

 

 

What do you define as new PC configuration? What takes 5 minutes that used to take 90?

 

We have customers who are using Intel vPro and LANDesk to image new machines. With certain hardware, these customers are using LANDesk to image those machines which used to take 90 minutes for the various steps, to just 5 to 10 minutes when the steps are automated.