Introduction

Systems based on the Intel® vPro™ Platform include Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT), which provides the capability for IT departments to manage client systems even when the PCs are powered down or operating systems are unresponsive. There were no differences identified with Intel® AMT on Windows 8* verses Windows 7*. As expected, any OEM issues that existed with Windows 7*, such as text wrapping problems with SOL, were also present on Windows 8*.

The results below apply to Intel® AMT 5/6/7/8.

Testing included Wired and Wireless networking, as well as different management consoles. Most of the testing was performed with Windows 8 Enterprise*, but Professional* was also used. Standard BIOS and OS installations were used.

 

Manageability Features

  • Remote Power On (S3/S4/S5) – Remote Power On functioned properly with Windows 8*. There were no differences compared to Windows 7*.
  • Intel® AMT Provisioning – Windows 8* platforms were able to provision in the various modes successfully.
  • SOL boot to BIOS – There is no difference in using this feature on a Windows 8* platform. Although there are a couple of OEM systems with known issues displaying text using SOL. The behavior is consistent with Windows 7* across those OEM models.
  • Boot to CD/ISO/HDD– Redirection to CD/ISO/HDD functioned properly with Windows 8*.
  • Fast Call For Help – Fast Call For Help functions normally with Windows 8*.
  • KVM Remote Control– KVM with Windows 8* functions identical to Windows 7*.
  • BIOS Updates – There were no issues updating Firmware with Windows 8*.

 

A Word about Start Menu and the New User Interface included in Windows 8*

The Intel® Management and Security Status (IMSS) application continues to reside on the Windows 8* desktop user interface. However, there is an IMSS tile present on the new Windows 8* Start Menu. Selecting IMSS from the Start Menu will switch the user from the new Windows 8 * user interface to the desktop interface and launch the application. User consent messages, which display the User Consent Code, will appear on whichever interface is active at the time.

Conclusion:

There were very no differences observed between Windows 7* and Windows 8* when using Intel® Active Management Technology.

Intel® vPro™ Platforms continue to provide IT organizations with the ability to manage Business Clients when upgrading to Windows 8*.