Making AMT 7.0 a little easier

OK - I'll admit it. Enabling for AMT is probably not the easiest part of your day. It's a pretty tricky technology that requires a bit of persistance. But I can assure you that if you find a spot to integrate AMT into your application, you'll never regret it. It's part of my job to make available to you all the tools and resources you'll need to get AMT integrated into your application. With the latest release of AMT - AMT 7.0 I decided to try something a little different. I grouped all of the primary tools, documents and videos into a single web page. You should still use the main community page as your primary stop, but now you can go to the 7.0-centric page to get all the details on the latest enhancements and improvements to the technology.

Here's what the page looks like:


You can access it by clicking the 7.0 call-out on the Manageability & Security Community page or by following this url: /en-us/articles/amt-70-quick-reference
Drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts.

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Jeffrey Rott (Intel)'s picture

John,
Thanks for the feedback. I'll try to shed a little light on the situation:

To manage AMt/vPro machines, customers will either need a 3rd party management console or build AMT support into their own home-grown consoles (think IT shops).

SCS is a tool which helps to setup and configure the AMT machines to be able to be managed by the above-mentioned consoles.

It is possible for a console to incorporate the setup and configuration of the AMT machines into their console application directly.

It is also possible for an application to incorporate support for AMT features without being a true management console - no active management of the machines but using the features of AMT to get information from the machine - software inventory, hardware inventory.

Hopefully this clarifies things a little. I'll take your concerns and see if we can create a quick document/visual for the community which will help others with the confusion we caused you.

Thanks again for the input.

Jeff

John Klassen's picture

Jeffrey,

Creating a AMT 7.0-centric page is a wonderful idea. Thank you!

Here is my feedback after viewing and re-viewing the videos as well as browsing the product and SDK documentation.

I can't see the forest for the trees.

Ex. In the video "Gael Hofemeier chats with Jeff Rott about the new Host-based Setup and Configuration Service being rolled out with AMT 7.0", I was very confused about why anyone would want to do Host Based Configuration instead of using a central console (Intel SCS?). I work for McAfee and it is much easier to deploy our AV software through our security managment framework than to do a manual install on a PC. Plus the central console provides the detailed product properties, reports & dashboards.

I checked the "AMT Start Here Guide" but that wasn't helpful in seeing the forest for the trees either. To repeat, I found it confusing that the "Quick Start Guide" is not a separate document.

I am confused about Intel SCS. Does Intel sell it as a product? SCS seems to be a central console and after finding the "Quick Start Guide" hidden within the Setup and Configuration Service User Guide, it says you chose ACU Wizard for deploying small numbers of sytems and something called "Configurator" to automatical configure large numbers of systems. Later, I found an earlier mention in the I"ntroduction" section of the manual that Intel AMT includes a "Management Console" and "Intel SCS". I wish you would have said this in the video.

The documentations states that a management console is "A software application used to remotely manage computers in a network. The management console must include an interface that can use the features of Intel AMT". That leds me to believe "Intel SCS" is not a management console and customers need a 3rd party product to manage AMT but I can't find confirmation of that. To repeat, does recommend customer use Intel SCS to configure AMT machines or do SMB & Enterprise customers need to buy a 3rd party management console.

Would it be possible to provide a short document with pictures on Intel's strategy on how an organization with 100's to 1000's of AMT and non-AMT machines is supposed to configure and manage AMT?

I realize a developer may only need one AMT machine for development but it's important to understand the use cases and target market for their AMT integrated application. To repeat, I am not clear if Intel's strategy is to have customers use Intel SCS or to have a 3rd party Management Console with AMT capabilities deploy the AMT enable applications.

My apologies if I sound frustrated but I'm very excited about AMT and want to get the message out to my partners and customers. All that is holding me back is understanding the deployment model.

Thank you Jeffrey,
-jkk

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