Working with Intel® AMT and Linux*

Working with Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT) and Linux* is not as easy as working with AMT and Windows*. It is mainly due to fewer resources being available for Linux.

But before I go any further with this topic I must state that Intel AMT itself is operating system (OS)-agnostic. It runs in the chipset and doesn't really care too much about the type of host OS or if there is even an OS present. That is why we are able to have the great out-of-band features that make Intel AMT so attractive for client system management.

But the Linux/Intel AMT ease of use issue comes up for some of the usage models that require the host OS to use Intel AMT features like Serial Over LAN (SOL) or local access to Third Party Data Storage; Things which require OS configuration and drivers that are not always easy to find. There is also not as much info available for developers of Linux management consoles.

But the good news is that Intel AMT does work with Linux and there is information available to help you.

Let's start with software for the Client. is a site dedicated to providing information on drivers and tools for local Intel AMT access. Also check out this this downloads page. These two links should cover most of your driver & tools needs working with Linux client systems. Also, here is an interesting article about working on Intel AMT with Ubuntu* that has a nice tip on setting up SOL (probably useful for most Linux flavors).

For those of you developing management consoles on Intel AMT, the best place to go is the same place all developers should go ... the Intel® AMT SDK. Start by doing a search on "Linux" in the Intel AMT SDK documentation to see what is provide for developers in the kit. Then look at the Linux code samples located at .\Linux\Intel_AMT\Samples. There are samples for Redirection, KVM, and for WS-man. If you don't find what you're looking for there you may want to take a look at the Windows WS-man C++ samples which typically use open source libraries like OpenWSman, OpenSSL and Xerces.

Even though Linux support for Intel AMT might seem sparse at first glance I hope you now see that there are some resources to help. If demand for Linux manageabilty continues to grow I imagine that support for AMT with Linux will follow. So keep pushing for what you want by giving feedback and asking questions.

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Lance A. (Intel)'s picture

Hi Jaime,
I do not know of specific community members that are doing this.
I will try to find some internal contacts for you.

Jaime Sanz (Intel)'s picture

Hi, One of my customers has in mind developping a basic console based on Linux.
Besides the samples Intel provides in the SDK, do you know anyone who already start something similar?



Lance A. (Intel)'s picture

And it seems like there is usually a debate around how much investment should be made by complanies developing for Linux or Open Source. I guess it is hard to determine how much return they will get.

jacace's picture

That's true.
Always you go out the mainstream there is a lack of resources.

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