The Mesh Commander is an application that provides an interface for using Intel® Active Management Technology. It's purpose is to make hardware configuration easy over the Internet.
MeshCommander is primarily used for peer to peer remote management of devices. Currently supported features include:
- Hardware KVM viewer
- Serial over LAN terminal
- IDE-R support
- Power control
- Event viewer
- Audit log viewer
- Hardware asset
- Account management
- Network settings
- Wi-Fi management
- User consent and control
- Certificate & TLS management
- CIRA(Client Initiated Remote Access) & Environment Detection
- WSMAN browser
The MeshCommander utility should be installed on any other Windows* machine, such as your personal Laptop.
Download Link: meshcommander.msi
Go to the Windows launch bar icon in the lower left of your screen and type
- First, add a computer to MeshCommander by clicking on a computer. It there are no known computers, get started by adding computers.
- After that you can specify a friendly name which is simply a string that allows you to easily identify the system.
- You can use tags that allow you to put several systems together into recognizable categories.
- You'll need to enter either the host name or the IP address of the computer.
- Depending on the way you configured your remote machine, you should choose the authentication. Most common method is Digest/None.
- Lastly, the username and password are the same as username and password that you configured in previous section.
Next to each computer that has been added to the mesh commander there is a button labeled Connect.
Click the Connect button to begin communicating with your remote machine.
After connecting to a system, you'll see the system information on the screen, such as the power state, the unique identifier, Intel® ME version, Intel® AMT activation mode and basic settings of the remote machine. Take a moment to browse around and see the different bits of information available to you.
To view the screen of the remote computer system, do the following steps:
- Click on the Remote Desktop link in the left sidebar.
- Then click the Connect button as shown in the image.
- If user consent was enabled, it will display a code in the Intel® NUC, which has to be entered in the Mesh Commander interface to proceed further.
- In admin control mode, on clicking Connect it will directly give remote access.
You will now see the screen of the remote system.
Since Intel® AMT is out of the band control to remote device, you will be able to see the screen of the remote system even if the remote computer is rebooting, in the BIOS, or in a crashed state.
Notice the button labelled Power Actions. This button will display a dialog box that allows you to change the state of the system's power. You can start, stop, reboot or choose from other supported power states.
Intel® AMT is an out of band service, that is, at a level lower than the operating system. So it is possible to have a remote view of the display even when viewing the BIOS.
- Navigate to Remote Desktop.
- Click IDE-R, which opens up Storage Redirection.
- Choose any .iso file and .img file.
- "IDE-R Session, Connected, 0 in, 0 out" message will be displayed at top.
- Click Power Actions and select "Reset to IDE-R CDROM".
- Now observe the top row showing variation in the message "IDE-R Session, Connected, 0 in, ###### out" showing number of packets going out.
- Using this technique, any image can be flashed on the Intel® NUC remotely.
- CDROM Image content will be displayed.
- Your OS image will be loaded here.
- Click the Disconnect button inside the Remote Desktop.
- Click Stop IDE-R Session.
- Goto Power Actions then click on Reset option to complete the session.
Mesh commander website has many code samples, documentation and very nice video tutorials on each of MeshCommander features. We would recommend you going through http://www.meshcommander.com/meshcommander/tutorials to learn more.