Intel® AMT SDK 7.0 is here now!

I am very excited about our 2011 platforms that will include the 7th generation of Intel® AMT. We have made some major improvements to ease the activation of the platforms and enhanced the existing use cases. So you may be wondering how you can take advantage of these improvements. We have pacakged all of the necessary content for the developers to take advantage of the improvements in Intel® AMT SDK 7.0 version that can be downloaded here.

So what is in the Release 7.0 of SDK? First, we added the support for the feature named "Host Based Configuration" aka HBC. HBC allows you to now easily activate the Intel® AMT system from the local OS interface. You have a choice of configuring the AMT clients in two modes - Client Control Mode (I call it the easy mode) or Admin Control Mode (the old way supported in previous generation platforms). Configuring systems in client control mode removes many of the restrictions that were present before and you can now configure even if the machine if it connected on wired or wireless or no network connection. SDK 7.0 includes detailed documentation of HBC feature, requirements for configuration and any limitations. SDK also includes samples to demonstrate the feature.

Another big improvement in the SDK includes the restructuring of the use case flows. Instead of starting from CIM_ComputerSystem and traversing the associations to the desired object, we have updated the use case flows to include the direct path using keys/selectors to the desired objects. This approach will allow you to develop your application to access the desired objects in Intel AMT in an efficient way and is way more faster (trust me it is very fast this way). 

Next, I would like to talk about snippets. Snippet is a small set of code to demonstrate a single step. In the SDK, we have close to 300 snippets embedded in the Intel AMT Features use cases. Snippets are written in Powershell 2.0 and are dependent on the Intel vPro Module framework that is also available in the SDK. This new approach will provide a lot of clarity in understanding the use case flows and the code associated with the flows. We hope that you will find it useful in your development efforts.

Another major shift in this year's SDK includes the addition of source code for Intel vPro Enabled Gateway aka MPS. Previously, only the binary for the MPS module was included in the SDK. This time around, we have enhanced the MPS to add support for dynamic subscription to the notification events, option for consoles to query MPS for list of connected systems and keep alive mechanism to handle the disconnections of the connected AMT clients. All of these enhancements along with the features that were already present are now available in the SDK in the form of documentation, binary and source code.

Last but not least, we have also enhanced our redirection libraries. For IDE Redirection, we have officially added support for DVD media in addition to CD and Floppy. Both KVM and IDE redirectin libraries are updated to support Kerberos authentication, Digest authentication. Redirection library now supports the link preference when operating on a wireless interface.

There are many other improvements that were made in the SDK that I can list here :-). SDK is now your one stop source for information about Intel AMT and if you have any questions about it, feel free to reach us on the manageability community forum.
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