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FMC.jpgFMC Corporation is always on the lookout for ways to boost employee productivity, improve data security, and manage its laptop fleet more efficiently. It recently standardized on Lenovo* PCs powered by Intel® Core™ vPro™ processors.The company’s desktop team worked with Intel and Lenovo to explore the virtualization capabilities of Citrix XenClient* with Intel® vPro™ technology. The proof-of-concept provided users with the high performance, portability, and reliability they need, with cost-effective performance and up to 16TB of storage.

 

“Lenovo laptops are secure and well built,” explained Rene Laureyns, corporate IT desktop analyst for FMC. “They and the Intel Core processors are built for the enterprise. The Intel Core i7 processor is absolutely the best processor I’ve ever used. It’s screaming fast.”

 

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*Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.

This is the second post about configuring Intel vPro with Linux, the first post was about Intel Setup and Configuration Service 7.2 that is a special version designed for Linux users, actually only supported on SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop (SLED) 11 SP1, 64bits.

 

Now, I’ll describe how to configure a Linux machine using Intel SCS 7.2 for Host-based configuration. The very first step is to install the required drivers and services in order to allow the ACUConfig (i.e. a utility that is part of Intel SCS) to communicate with the Intel ME for locally provisioning the Linux machine.

 

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Intel Management Engine Interface:


It’s a driver that must be installed that allows applications to access the Management Engine firmware via the host interface. Messages from the Intel MEI driver are sent to the systems log (i.e. /var/log/messages). Once the Intel MEI driver is running, an application can open a file to it, connect to an application on the firmware side, and send and receive messages to that application.

 

Click here to download the MEI driver. If you are using a SLED 11 SP1 64bits you only need extract the content of this package and install it using the RPM with root privileges:

 

     linux:#rpm –i mei-7.1.20.25.x86_64.rpm


There isn’t a console output showing that installation succeeded.

 

Intel Local Manageability Service:

 

The Local Manageability Services (aka. LMS) allow applications, such as ACUconfig, to access the ME firmware via the Management Engine Interface. The LMs is dependent on the MEI driver, so the MEI driver should be installed prior to LMS installations. As the majority of Linux services, LMS runs as a daemon and messages from the service will be sent to syslog. Once the LMS is running, it listens for incoming connection requests on the following ports:

 

  • Port 16992 for SOAP and WS-Management requests.
  • Port 623 for WS-Management requests.

Click here to download the LMS Service. If you are using a SLED 11 SP1 64bits you only need extract the content of this package and install it using the RPM with root privileges:

 

     linux:#rpm –i lms-7.1.20.25.x86_64.rpm


You should receive a message in the console about the status of installation and service.

 

Using ACUConfig

 

Now that your Linux is ready for host-based configuration, you can test and check the status of your vPro machine using ACUConfig using syntax like this:

 

linux-8xff:/home/bruno/Downloads/IntelAMTSCS/Executables # ./ACUConfig -Output console Status Starting log 2011-12-27 19:23:42

: Retrieving machine status...

Host information-

                UUID- 0EC7E5D1-32B8-11E1-B45E-A484BF0CC0AD

                Intel(R) AMT version- 7.1.3

                The system is unconfigured.

                The system TLS setup is using PKI.

                The system supports host-based configuration.

                AMT state- Pre-Provision(0)

 

***********

 

Exit with code 0 - The requested operation completed successfully.

 

Note in this output that the system is unconfigured and that supports host-based configuration.

 

Creating Profile

 

In order to configure Intel® vPro™ it is required that we supply information about how the machine behaves such as: WebUI, IDE-R, KVM, security authentication and authorizations, network connectivity, etc. The way that we accomplish it with Linux is the same with Windows machines: you should use Intel SCS 7.1 console to create the profile and export to .xml file.

 

This process is fully documented in Intel SCS 7.1 documentation folder.

 

Provisioning

 

The provisioning process is very similar with Windows ACUConfig version as you can in this video:

 

 

At this point, we are able to manage an Intel vPro machine in User Control Mode.

 

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I have been asked lately about which Ultrabooks support Intel® vPro™ Technology? Below is a list* of some of the latest of the Intel vPro enabled Ultrabooks available today:

 

*Note: This list above is not all of the Intel vPro capable Ultrabooks available, just a few to get you started! Feel free to share your favorite Intel vPro enabled Ultrabook by replying to this post! To see even more, visit Ultrabook™ for Business

 

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Bossers & Cnossen.jpgNetherlands-based IT reseller Bossers & Cnossen was looking for new revenue streams from value-added services. After working with Intel on a large Intel® vPro™ technology activation project at Hanze University of Applied Sciences (Hanze UAS), the company is positioned to build a strong business case for future customers to use Intel vPro technology, which has opened up a new revenue stream for Bossers & Cnossen—supporting a wider business strategy to offset decreasing margins from hardware sales with value-added services revenue.


“This project enabled our consultants to get hands-on experience with Intel vPro technology activation and the benefits this can bring to a large not-for-profit organization like Hanze UAS,” explained Jaap Kommandeur, program manager for Bossers & Cnossen. “They will now be better able to build a business case and advise other customers in similar situations.”


For all the details, download our new Bossers & Cnossen business success story.  As always, you can find many more like this 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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sti.jpgSpain’s Sistemas Técnicos Interactivos (STI) supplies its own branded desktop computing and server hardware in addition to offerings from HP, Dell and Fujitsu, and supports it all with comprehensive IT service and maintenance. STI wanted to broaden and enhance its remote IT maintenance service, bringing customers a timelier, more flexible, and more comprehensive offering. It also wanted to boost profits by streamlining the resources needed to deliver maintenance services and ensuring greater compliance with service level agreements (SLAs).

 

STI Incorporated Intel® Core™ i5 and i7 vPro™ processors into its own branded PC hardware offering. Now it can offer customers higher-quality, more efficient service by replacing many time-consuming on-site visits with remote service using Intel® vPro™ technology.


“Since reorienting our support service to an online delivery model that harnesses the remote management capabilities of Intel vPro technology, we have been able to raise the quality of our offering while simultaneously making significant cuts to the overhead involved,” explained Rubén Garcia Bayon, general manager of STI.


For all the details, download our new STI business success story. As always, you can find many more like this 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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orangeandgreen.jpgDeclining margins on hardware sales were undermining Orange & Green, a Czech reseller. Customers were increasingly asking for IT services like PC management. Orange & Green activated Intel® vPro™ technology, a component of 2nd generation Intel® Core™ i5 vPro™ processors, for remote IT management. It also used this technology to launch a new line of business focused on IT services, strengthening the service by using Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT), which protects data if a computer is lost or stolen. Ultimately, Orange & Green was able to offset losses from hardware margin decreases and deliver a new line of business—and is looking forward to a profitable future.


“We have certainly grown the business and more than offset falling revenues experienced by declining margins on hardware sales,” notes Pavel Kraus, CEO of Orange & Green. “In fact, we are anticipating 20 percent growth and return on investment within 12 months.”


For all the details, download our new Orange & Green business success story. As always, you can find many more like this 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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buncombe.jpgFor students and teachers in North Carolina’s Buncombe County Schools, computer technology plays an integral role in the overall learning experience. By deploying computers with Intel® Core™ vPro™ processors, the district’s small, five-person networking department is streamlining the remote management of its large PC fleet, conserving energy, and enhancing performance for a full range of applications. The Buncombe County Schools IT group is also evaluating Intel® Solid-State Drives (Intel® SSDs) to help increase performance and extend battery life for laptops, boosting both student and teacher productivity.


“Our tests showed that certain computers with Intel SSDs boot in half the time of systems using traditional hard drives,” explained René Shuster, computer technician for Buncombe County Schools. “For students and teachers, SSDs will translate into improved productivity.”


For all the details, download our new Buncombe County Schools business success story. As always, you can find many more like this 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

An early Christmas present arrived yesterday - the release of McAfee EndPoint Encryption for PCs version 7 (EEPC7)!

 

Why am I so excited about it?  Customers that need a true power\patch with full disk encryption, easy encryption password reset, or remotely remediate common issues can now do so with the integration of McAfee ePO Deep Command and EEPC7.   Plus - all of the functions can be enabled for Internet-based clients using connectivity via the McAfee ePO Deep Command Gateway Services.

 

Four articles with additional details and video demonstrations are shown below.   Contact your McAfee or Intel representative for more information and request an onsite demonstration

 

 

The above capabilities will work on clients across multiple versions of Microsoft Windows operating system.   In addition, McAfee ePO Deep Command works with Intel AMT configured clients over 802.11 wireless.

 

For an index of resources on McAfee ePO Deep Command, see https://community.mcafee.com/docs/DOC-4157

 

But wait - there's more!

  • Starting with version 6, McAfee EEPC is optimized for Intel AESNI for improved encryption performance
  • Starting with version 7 and in connection with 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ vPro™ processors, McAfee EEPC is optimized with Intel Secure Key.   Instead of a software generated encryption key, a higher entropy hardware generated key is used.
  • EEPC7 combined with an Intel SSD - fantastic response times when using full disk encryption.   (Coming soon - OPAL with Intel SSD drives... even better performance)

 

Give it a try!  

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