Intel vPro Technology delivers many high-performance features and innovative capabilities for both users and IT administrators - all in an energy-efficient platform that is Microsoft Windows Vista* ready. Among the innovative capabilities of the Intel vPro technology are Intel Active Management Technology (Intel AMT).
Intel AMT is a powerful hardware-based technology for security and remote management of computers. With Intel AMT, managed service providers (MSPs) can monitor and manage computers anytime - even if a wired computer's power is off, the OS on a wired or wireless computer is inoperable, management agents are missing, or hardware (such as a hard drive) has failed. When integrated into a third-party management solution, computers with Intel vPro Technology let service providers spend less time managing the computer and more time focusing on strategic business initiatives.
Intel AMT must be configured with the appropriate security, network, and operational parameters before a third-party management application can access the Intel AMT capabilities. If you do not configure Intel AMT before trying to integrate into the management application, the integration process will fail.
To turn on the value of Intel vPro Technology, there are three options for configuring Intel AMT:
- Manual Configuration (for a few computers): Entering the BIOS and Management Engine BIOS Extension (MEBx) to configure Intel AMT. Several documents are available at this link to step through the required setup screens in the BIOS and MEBx.
- Improved Manual Configuration (using software utility & USB key): Intel AMT Activator is a Microsoft Windows* utility included in the Intel Setup and Configuration Service (SCS) 6.0 Lightweight download available at the link below. This utility helps create a USB key to locally configure Intel AMT (available only for Intel AMT version 4.0 and above). The Intel AMT Activator utility must be run on each machine; but does not require installing the SCS 6.0 Lightweight service in the network, or manually accessing the BIOS screens.
- Automatic Configuration (using SCS 6.0 Lightweight service):
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