There are two utilities that are packaged with the Intel SCS (Setup and Configuration Software) that are very simple to use and can help you enable Intel AMT quickly.
After you configure your system once, every now and then you will need to perform “maintenance” tasks on the machine. What are maintenance tasks?
Well, they include re-synching Intel® AMT’s internal clock so Kerberos will keep working; re-issuing any certificates that are about to expire; re-defiing administrator passwords, etc.
In the life of a project you work on, the last few weeks can be very stressful. So before I dive into those final weeks of intense coding, this is a good time for me to take a step back and share with you some of the cooler features we've added to SCS 8.0.
Jobs - Jobs are basically operations you perform on a group of systems. You create the job by defining the group of systems it will run on, when you want it to run, and the operation to be performed.
As I am the UI developer for SCS 8, and proud of it, I enjoy taking pride in my work as well as showing it off to others.
I am especially proud of the screen you can see below, and it also shows some of the small (and large) changes we made in SCS 8.
(Before I go any further - as we are still WIP, please please please understand that the screen you eventually get might look different than what I am now showing you.)
I’m on the team working on SCS 8, and although we are not even half way done, I’m really excited about our new features. At this point I will only talk about features that we’ve already implemented, so this is in no way the final list of features.
Let’s first take it one step back. SCS 7.0 and 7.1 took SCS in a different direction. We added Host Based Configuration, so we can definitely say that configuration has never been simpler. We also removed the use of a database, and so we got ourselves one lean-and-mean configuration machine.
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT) Setup and Configuration Service
Version 3.0 (Build 18.104.22.168) - Release Notes
Release 3.0 of the Intel® AMT Setup and Configuration Server and Console (Intel® AMT SCS) adds the following functionality to SCS Release 1.2:
The Intel® vPro™ Technology Activator Utility is the next generation of the Remote Configuration tool. A Windows executable that runs locally on an Intel® Active Management technology(Intel AMT)-enabled platform, the Activator was designed to:
As you probably have noticed, there are great posts about the Intel AMT SCS 7.0 (check this or this for example). This post is not about all new features, it’s just a look to the previous 5.X version to see the benefits of migrating. The 7.0 version has been available for some time, but there are always environments where AMT systems (and AMT infrastructure) aren’t changed frequently. This is not just an AMT/SCS related issue, maybe some of you have seen Windows XP systems working around.