|Welcome to my blog about the Intel vPro Platform Solution Manager (PSM). This tool is available for download on the Intel Developer Zone and is applicable to managing Intel AMT clients that have already been enabled. It comes with a set of Intel AMT feature-based plugins as well as source code.|
The Intel® vPro™ Platform Solution Manager (PSM) is a framework application that allows you to launch plug-in applications to remotely manage your Intel vPro technology based PC clients. The available plugins perform tasks such as Alarm Clock, Asset Inventory, Event Log, IDE-Redirection, KVM Remote Control, Power Management, and Serial Over Lan.
Folder/Main Page: VSPM/Source Code/Doc/ Intel_vPro_Platform_Solution_Manager.htm
The Main Screen
The image to the right shows what the main screen looks like when you run the Intel vPRO PSM executable. (The image below comes from the documentation referenced above.)
Before you can manage your AMT Client, you must connect to it.
Connecting to an Intel AMT Client
From item 2, above you can connect to Intel AMT Clients. Click on the down arrow in the menu box and select settings.
If you are already connected to your AMT Client, the box will say "Disconnect", otherwise it will say "Connect."
Once you have connected to your Intel AMT Client, you can manage your system via the Intel AMT Plugins.
The Alarm Clock plug-in will let you set up an alarm on your AMT Client. The Alarm feature is used to wake up an AMT Client at a specific time and recurrence so it can have work done on it, such as applying patches during times when the User is typically not going to be trying to get work done.
The Asset Inventory Plug-in simply returns the AMT Client's Hardware Asset Inventory information.
The Asset Inventory Plug-in brings up expandable sections and the information can be saved to a file.
Like the Asset Inventory Plug-in, the Event Log Plug-in just displays information from the Event Log.
You may save this information to a file.
The Serial Over Lan plug-in allows you to connect to the managed client and interact with it below the operating system level. For example, you can remotely connect to a rebooted client via Serial Over LAN and interact with the BIOS screens remotely.
In order to successfully configure your SOL session, you will need to do the following:
The screen-shot below is the SOL console. I expanded it from its smaller size. The IDE-r menu that you need to edit is within the SOL Plug-in.
Booting to BIOS using Serial-Over-LAN:
Shown here, is what the SOL console looks like once you are in a successful SOL session after booting to BIOS.
The Power Management Plug-in is used to perform power operations on your AMT Client.
The Intel vPro PSM also has an IDE-r Plug-in. While you can specify paths to your ISO or Floppy images here, the only thing that seems to "stick" is the Start/Stop IDER button.
Using Power Management Plug-in for IDE-Redirection:
KVM Remote Control:
Below is what the KVM Remote Control Plug-in looks like. The KVM feature allows you to have desk-top access to your managed system. You can watch it boot, boot to BIOS (and change the settings), and you can also have an IDE-r session using the KVM plug-in. Currently the KVM plug-in uses the Redirection Ports (not the KVM standard IANA port 5900.) For that reason, you will not need to specify an RFB password.
The MISC Plug-in Category
This category only has one available plug-in: The Quick Launcher. Here you can add the capability to quickly launch your own applications from within the vPro PSM.
|This pretty much covers the Intel vPro Platform Solution Manager tool. Go ahead and download it from the link above in the introduction and try it out.|