Intel was a platinum sponsor of Microsoft Management Summitt ® 08 in Las Vegas from April 28- May 2, 2008 and we had technical experts there to talk about the combination of Microsoft System Center management products with Intel vPro technology.
On Wednesday, April 30th, Brad Anderson, General Manager of Microsoft Management and Services Division, demonstrated the capabilities of Intel vPro technology with System Center Configuration Manager 2007 in his keynote. Brad, along with Dave Randall, Microsoft Program Manager for System Center Configuration Manager, showed off the secure power control capabilities of Intel vPro technology by shutting off a collection of 20 PCs with Intel vPro technology during Brad's keynote. Further, Dave went through a remote diagnosis and repair scenario from System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 using Intel vPro technology's Serial Over LAN (SOL) capability. View this Intel vPro technology demonstration from the MMS 2008 keynote below. Also, view the full Brad Anderson keynote here . Read this blog from Josh Hilliker about Brad's keynote.
After the keynote, we got Brad and Gregory Bryant, Intel VP and General Manager of the Digital Office Platform Division, to answer some questions about the new capabilities in Config Manager 2007 with Intel vPro technology.
1) How does Intel vPro Technology fit into System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1?
2) What can IT expect in terms of the level of integration of Intel vPro Technology into System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1?
3) Why should IT now take advantage of Intel vPro Technology and System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1?
4) When should enterprises activate Intel vPro Technology with System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 in their PC infrastructure?
5) Last, we asked a series of questions about System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 Support for the Current Generation of Intel vPro Technology with WS-MAN Support, as well as with Legacy Generations of Intel vPro technology.
Shortly after the interview, Brad and Gregory talked before executives from Fortune 5000 companies about the benefits of Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 with Intel vPro Technology. Watch the video below that highlights this discussion and read this blog from Josh Hilliker about the Intel vPro technology Executive Roundtable.
At MMS, we also had the opportunity to talk with Bill Anderson (a longtime program manager for System Center Configuration Manager) and Dave Randall about some of the most powerful benefits of combining native Intel vPro technology support with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007. Listen to the video and find out how Intel vPro Technology enhances Config Manager 2007.
Dave Randall also demonstrated how Intel vPro Technology enhances Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1. Watch the video below that includes demonstrations around secure remote power control, remote diagnosis and repair of troubled PCs, discovery of PC assets, and remote configuration.
Also, Intel Manager Brian Johnson demonstrated the combination of Microsoft System Center Essentials 2007 with PCs powered by Intel vPro Technology and servers powered by Intel Xeon Processors. This hardware and software technology is designed for businesses with 500 or less PCs, and brings the capabilities that till now only large businesses could take advantage of into a package that's optimized for small business. His video includes demonstrations around remote power control of PCs with Intel vPro Technology and remote diagnosis and repair of troubled servers with Intel Xeon Processors.
While at MMS, we also had the opportunity to talk with D.C. Tardy, System Architect at EDS. He talked about the Return On Investment of Intel vPro technology, including a Canadian Call Center case study that returned a savings of almost $750,000 across 3 years.
At MMS, Kiron Lahiri, Lead Systems Engineer for Client Systems, and Brian Boresi, Information Services Division, both with Sisters of Mercy Health System, talked about some of the powerful benefits of combining Intel vPro technology with Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager. Listen to the video and see how Sisters of Mercy Health System is benefiting from this combination of hardware and software in their infrastructure.
We also had two other service integrators talk about the combination of Intel® vPro™ technology with System Center Configuration Manager 2007 for medium to large businesses and the combination of Intel® vPro™ Technology with System Center Essentials 2007 for small businesses. See their thoughts below.
Two other technical experts here were Intel Technical Architects Matt Royer and Josh Hilliker. They give their perspective about the exciting advances between Intel and Microsoft with Intel vPro technology and Config Manager 2007. Also - hear Matt talk about a WS-MAN translator that enables Config Manager 2007 support for legacy based PCs with Intel vPro technology that do not support WS-MAN .
Given the excitement from MMS about the Microsoft developped provisioning for Intel vPro technology that is now integrated into System Center Configuration Manager 2007 - Intel Technical Architect Josh Hilliker has a very simple message for customers: Activate NOW. Listen to his thoughts below:
When Intel released Intel vPro technology into the marketplace in 2006, the press asked us what the "v" in Intel vPro technology meant. Now that the technology has been in the marketplace for almost two years, we thought that the best answer to the question, "What does the "v" in Intel vPro technology mean to you?" would come from Intel customers, as well as from some of the technical experts from Intel and our partners who deal with our customers on an almost daily basis. See their answers below.
Given the new exciting capabilities in Intel vPro technology already discussed in this WIKI, our customers have mentioned that this new technology makes them feel much more powerful - like a superhero! See the video below to see what superhero Intel vPro technology made them feel like.
At Intel, we're always looking for feedback on the way IT should be. Therefore, while at MMS, we had Intel customers, partners, and technical experts from Microsoft and Intel tell us their meaning of IT Utopia.
Sometimes within Intel Marketing, we're told that our description of Intel Centrino with vPro technology or Intel Core 2 with vPro technology is a bit lengthy. Therefore, while at MMS 08, we asked Intel customers as well as technical experts from Intel and Microsoft to give us their best, most concise acronym that best describes Intel vPro Technology. Listen to their responses below.
We also had the Intel vPro technology Challenge at the event - a competition where teams of two competed to fix a troubled PC using Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 with PCs with Intel vPro technology. Check out how much fun this Challenge was at MMS this year:
Also, attendees could attend these two Intel breakout classes at the event:
SR31 Dynamic Duo: Hardware and Software Solutions for Virtualized Clients and Servers
Time: Wednesday, April 30 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM, Veronese 2405
Abstract: Virtualization is a critical enabler of IT strategy. Learn how Intel and Microsoft bring advanced hardware and software technologies to bear on virtual and physical machine management, and virtualized application delivery. Learn how 64-bit Intel Xeon processor-based servers, Microsoft Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center Virtual Machine Manager work together to optimize your data center, and Intel vPro technology and Microsoft SoftGrid Application Virtualization combine to offer a managed application delivery solution without the trade-offs of thin clients.
Speakers: Joakim Lialias and Mike Ferron-Jones
SR32 Intel vPro systems integration with Configuration Manager 2007 SP1
Time: Wednesday, April 30 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM, Veronese 2405
Abstract: This session is co-hosted by Intel and Microsoft. Come see the new Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 / Intel vPro integration in action! Understand the AMT features and how they are being leveraged by Configuration Manager 2007 SP1. See how you can use AMT for your green initiatives, and manage or troubleshoot systems that are powered off. Understand the tools and requirements for migrating AMT support from SMS 2003 to Configuration Manager 2007, as well as requirements for managing previous versions of AMT in a Configuration Manager 2007 environment.
Speakers: David Randall (Microsoft) and Matthew Royer (Intel)