SOL/IDER stands for Serial Over LAN/ IDE-Redirection is a protocol defined for Intel Active Management Technology that allows redirecting the keyboard/text or floppy disk/CD transfers from a local host to a remote workstation.
In order to manage a system remotely we need a capability to send console text to a remote destination and to receive keystrokes from a remote source and this capability is referred to as Serial Over LAN. The platform can also be configured to read from or write to a remote floppy disk or CD by redirecting the IDE interface. In simplistic terms SOL/IDER is a protocol needed to manage a desktop computer remotely from a remote workstation. Without this protocol it will not be possible for the remote machine to understand the keystrokes coming from a remote desktop.
Even though I have a strong technical background it was hard for me to initially grasp some of the Intel AMT concepts. I think it is partly because I had to first learn all the different acronyms and terminologies often associated with Intel AMT and I am sure many of you starting to learn Intel AMT are facing similar challenges.
I must also admit that even after being exposed to Intel AMT for a couple of months now I still struggle with some of the basic concepts. I thought of sharing my learning experience with all of you in this blog by explaining some of the key concepts in simplistic terms. My intention is definitely not to come up with a perfect text book definition of the concepts/terms, but to just introduce the concepts in a simplistic way and then provide links where you can find additional information.
Look for my posts on other key AMT concepts like OOB, 3PDS, HECI, LMS, ME, SOAP, TLS, UDDI, etc.