Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT) Linux support includes two components that allow interactions between the Intel® AMT firmware and the Linux OS: The Intel® MEI (Intel® Management Engine Interface) driver and LMS (Local Management Service).
In addition, Intel has validated a kernel patch to enable IDE-redirection. This is a community maintained patch, but Intel is distributing the version used in the validation of the other Intel® AMT components released here.
This is the production release of Intel® ME drivers. This release can be used on final production platforms
Intel® Management Engine Interface driver:
The Intel® MEI driver allows applications to access the Intel® Management Engine firmware via the host interface (as opposed to a network interface). The Intel® MEI driver is meant to be used mainly by the Local Manageability Service (LMS). Messages from the Intel® MEI driver are sent to the systems log (i.e. /var/log/messages). Once the Intel® MEI driver is running, an application can open a file to it, connect to an application on the firmware side and send and receive messages to/from that firmware application.
The Intel® MEI driver is included in the Linux kernel 3.4-rc5 release and is also available as an update from SUSE (SLED 11 SP 2 x64). This version of the Intel® MEI driver works with the Intel® ME Release 7.1.20 and newer.
Intel® Local Manageability Service:
The Local Manageability Service (LMS) allows applications to access the Intel® Active Management Technologyfirmware via the Intel® AMT network interface. The LMS is dependent on the Intel® MEI driver. Intel® MEI driver should be installed prior to installing the LMS. The LMS runs as a daemon. Messages from the service will be sent to the syslog. The LMS messages will be marked with a source of "LMS". Once the LMS is running, it listens for incoming connection requests on the following ports:
- Port 16992 for SOAP and WS-Management requests.
- Port 623 for WS-Management requests.
If a secure connection with the Intel® AMT device is enabled (TLS), LMS also listens on these ports:
- Port 16993 for secure SOAP and WS-Management requests.
- Port 664 for secure WS-Management requests.
If you are using a Linux kernel older than 2.6.37, you might need the following patch to support some Intel® AMT IDER use cases. IDE-Redirection is a protocol defined for Intel® AMT that allows floppy disk/CD transfers from a remote location to a local host. This is similar to existing methods such as PXE or drive mapping, but is done in an OS agnostic manner in order to permit out-of-band maintenance and management activities. This patch is validated on SLED11 version 2.6.32 by Intel, and is not needed for Linux kernels 2.6.37 and newer.
Intel® AMT Configuration Utility:
The Intel® AMT Configuration Utility is a Linux command-line utility. This utility is used to automate configuration or maintenance tasks on an Intel® vPro™ system. . The XML file is used as an input argument and input file must be created using the method described in the "Intel®_SCS_7.2_User_Guide", of the download package.
This release includes the following components:
Intel®_AMT Configuration Utility (ACU) for legacy Intel® ME Release 7.1.20 release - was previously known as the Activator, and is CLI-based utility to configure systems Client Control Mode