The software bundled with Intel AMT: Part 1

Intel AMT is basically a hardware/firmware solution where everything happens on the insides of the computer, in hardware and embedded software. The main interface is the network card - you control Intel AMT remotely.

However, many utilities are available for controlling or receiving data from a local interface - on the computer in which Intel AMT is enabled.

This local functionality is a very important part of the manageability system. Applications (administrative tools, anti-virus apps...) can stock essential data in the storage interface or set agents for software availability assessment. IT managers can perform a system update from this interface, or set user notification options.

For all this magic to happen in the computer, a special set of software is needed. Part of my work in Intel relates to this software  functionality, and in the next posts  we'll focus on each software in the package and explain what it does, how it does it and what are the methods (and consequences) of removing it. A great place to that expands on this subject is the Intel AMT overview (scroll to the Local Access section).

If you have an Intel AMT machine, the software that you have available is (your mileage may vary, depending on system manufacturer and Intel AMT generation):

    • Intel MEI (or Intel HECI), a device driver

    • Local Management Service (LMS), which allows network communication from local host

    • User Notification Service (UNS), used in order to inform (via Windows' Event Viewer) about manageability operations taking place on the computer

    • Intel® AMT System Status Service (AtChkSrv), a service that monitors the Intel AMT status

    • Intel® AMT System Status (AtChk), a GUI for the service above (implemented as a notification area icon)



We'll see more details on these, in future posts. For best results, please write in the comments any and all questions you may have on the matter!

To be continued… :)


Articles in the Intel® AMT software series:




    1. The software bundled with Intel AMT

    1. The notification area icon - understanding the pop-up

    1. Configuring the notification area icon & app

    1. More configurations (disabling) of the Intel AMT icon

    1. Detailed information to the user with the User Notification Service

    1. How the UNS works

    1. UNS Error Messages and how to fix them

    1. Newfangled Intel Management and Security Status

    1. Intel Management and Security Status (IMSS), advanced configurations

    1. Intel AMT software: LMS, HECI, MEI... why do I need those?

    1. Wrapping all Intel AMT software together
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Comments

I loved your description of AMT and software based local functionality! I can`t wait for your next posts. My company will soon start to use the Local part of AMT integrated with our local software agent so I am pretty sure that your knowlege will be very useful! Thanks for sharing it!




Discovered this Bundle on our

Discovered this Bundle on our home use laptop, a Dell system presently running Windows 7. It was used on a local community college system, grading, tests, etc. The tech folk did some work on it due to Blue screen errors post purchase. Curious as to its presence and present necessity, and also if there is, as a result its presence, external access to system we are not aware of?  Have no problem with Legit authorities having access, but have concerns as to who else may have access due to our ignorance of its functions. Any help, commentary to the lay people of America would be of value. Is it possible if it cannot be removed safely to clarify authority process as in our system our power to decide? Or disable the remote functions that may exist....? Look forward to further exchanges, and with further insight better questions. Thanks! Phil A.