So I was excited to try out the AMT capability on my new Lenovo M81 with an i5-2400 processor. The desktop also has Intel HD graphics, so theoretically this would support the KVM availability.
Unfortunately in the BIOS settings for this machine, there is no KVM setting to be seen anywhere. This is confirmed by exporting the .XML file by running the SCS utility.
Is there a better version of AMT out there that can be purchased, or upgraded to?
Or does this just sort of intermittently vary by manufacturer?
Really sucks as this pretty important feature is not articulated upon by the OEMs with regards to specific models.
You are correct, KVM will only be supported on the full vPro enabled systems.
I took a look at the Lenovo site and the only thing that sticks out is in the detailed tech specs:
here is the M91p for example:
you will notice about 1/2 way down the page it shows "Best in Class Manageability" and highlights Intel vPro technology
on the M81 you see that it only refers to "Stability and Manageability" with no Intel vPro reference.
I agree it could be a bit clearer, and we have created a matrix in the past to help guide users to the appropriate systems.
I will follow up with the internal team and see if we can get this matrix updated:
With just a quick glance at http://processormatch.intel.com/CompDB/SearchResult.aspx?BoardName=dq67ep and matching it up at http://ark.intel.com/products/53427/Intel-Core-i3-2120T-Processor-(3M-Cache-2_60-GHz), it looks like you should be able to get SOL functionality from the I3-2120T (I know the 2120 should support it, not sure about the lower power "T" version however).
Now I have not tested this yet, but will look around the lab for this processor board combo and let you know what I find.