I posed this question to a few AMT experts/users at Intel. Can you tell me things you don't like about AMT? and Tell me capabilities you would like to see in AMT?
I collected some responses in this blog, and I am opening the door for readers of this blog to add/comment to this list. I truly believe that if you don't acknowledge your shortcomings then there is really no room for improvement.
- AMT is not very user-friendly from the identification of the AMT Node in the environment . AMT lacks a simple capability to easily and efficiently identify a AMT capable node on a dynamic network. A simple task like "tell me the version of a given AMT Node, or what type of authentication does it use, etc." is not really simple. This can be done today mostly based on negative response or error checking, but I think providing a capability to easily get all the configuration details of the AMT node can be really helpful.
- Currently there is no support for zero touch configuration. This means essentially somebody in the IT department has to configure the AMT machine before putting this machine on the AMT managed network. In case of large IT deployments this is not really efficient.
- Currently it is not possible to use AMT to manage the whole data center (servers), as the AMT support is not extended into servers. So, in order for AMT to be a complete manageability solution it would be nice to see the support extended to servers.
- Currently it is not possible to manage machines connected to network wirelessly. We are extending the wireless support in the future, but it does not exist today.
- There is only so much we can do with the serial over LAN support, it would be really user-friendly to provide a video over LAN capability.
- It is pretty cumbersome to deploy AMT in a static IP environment. Although this can be done today, but it not very easy.
- AMT does not have a DNS client. To easily communicate with the AMT machine out of band, we need a IP resolution. It would be really nice to use the machine name instead.
- There are some Bios and hardware dependencies that makes deployment not truly user friendly.
Do you have anything to add to this list?