Intel AMT Features > Hardware Asset > Detailed Description

Detailed Description

The feature accepts requests about tables of data maintained by Intel AMT about the platform. The hardware information is gathered by the BIOS.

   In pre-8.0 releases, the hardware information is gathered at each boot flow, including reset.

   In Release 8.0, the hardware information is gathered at each boot flow, excluding reset.

   Starting in Release 8.1, the hardware information, with the exception of the Media Devices, is gathered at each boot flow, excluding reset.  When an AMT_AssetTableService.RequestMediaDeviceTableUpdate() is received or a remote control command is issued all hardware information, including the Media Devices table, is gathered on the subsequent boot, including reboot.  The remote control commands which update the Media Device table and all other hardware assets are:  RESET, POWER_DOWN, POWER_UP, POWER_CYCLE, DIAGNOSTIC_INTERRUPT_NMI and SET_BOOT_OPTIONS.

The data is contained in tables that provide information about the following:

   BIOS information – various bits indicating the presence or absence of a capability.

   The computer system – manufacturer, product, version, serial number

   Baseboard – similar information (manufacturer, etc).

   Processor – manufacturer, model, clock speed, role, etc.

   Memory modules – manufacturer, capacity, etc.

   “Field Replaceable Units” – add-in cards, such as graphics cards, including PCI ID information

   Media Devices disks – including attributes such as writable, random access available

   Sensors – type, enabled status (e.g. heat sensors)

   Fans – desired speed, active cooling, variable speed

   Power supply – Total output power

   AMT Information Table – information about the Intel AMT device, such as whether or not SOL or Storage Redirection are enabled

   vPro Information Table – Info as to capabilities of the CPU and the chipset, PCI IDs and so on.


   When Intel AMT is disabled on a platform (shipped that way by the manufacturer), hardware asset data is not captured and stored. If Intel AMT is enabled on such a platform using a local script or program as part of the setup process (for example, using the ZTC Local Agent or equivalent tool), the setup can complete without rebooting the platform. In this case, the hardware asset tables will not contain any data until the next reboot. If a setup and configuration flow requires hardware asset data (for example, the Intel AMT UUID), then a reboot should be added to the configuration flow.

   Two values are accessible only via the deprecated SOAP API: AssetTypePortableBattery (retrieved with GetAsset Data) and PowerSource (returned with GetSystemPowerState as part of the SystemPowerStateType output structure). The DASH profile and CIM classes used do not support these values.


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