Mesh - Remote Toast, Agent Presence, Device Groups

As people following the Mesh work would know, there are currently three open source tools for remote management of computers being worked on: MeshCentral, MeshCommander and MeshCmd. MeshCentral is a remote management web site, MeshCommander is a web based Intel® AMT management console and MeshCmd is a Linux & Windows command line tool that performs many Intel® AMT tasks. This week, I released new versions of all three tools. Let’s take a look at the improvements made to each of them:

  • MeshCentral2. We keep fixing bugs in the web site and improving performance, most changes will not be noticed by users except for the new toast button that is now available on the “Desktop” tab when remoting a Windows computer. The toast button allows the administrator to send a short text message that will be displayed on the remote computer. It’s a nice and quick way to make a message show up on remote computers.
  • MeshCommander. In addition to many bug fixed and improved input validation on dialog boxes, we finally enabled computer grouping. When adding or changing a computer’s profile, you can type in a group name. All computers with the same group name will be displayed together under the same header. Makes it easy to organize your managed computers in a way that makes sense to you. This and other features are part of the v0.6.2 release.
  • MeshCmd. MeshCmd is a very useful command line tool that works both on Linux and Windows and perform many management operations on Intel AMT computers. In the new release, agent presence heartbeat was added. You can now create a new Intel AMT watchdog using MeshCommander, and use MeshCmd to assert presence to the watchdog.

It may be a bit confusing, but these three tools are combined into each other. MeshCommander is part of MeshCmd and MeshCentral. MeshCommander and MeshCmd are included in MeshCentral. The result is a combination of software that is really good at unlocking the value of Intel® AMT. Many thanks to Bryan Roe for excellent work on MeshAgent and the toast feature, and Joko Sastriawan for additional features and bug fixes on MeshCentral. There tools are continuing to get record number of downloads.




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