Overview of AMT
AMT (included in Intel network chipset, usually high end laptop, PC, NOC..) provides out-of-band (OOB) management for Desktops and Laptops, using an agent integrated in the network adapter and in the motherboard.
AMT versions and features
Typical features and benefits of Intel Active Management Technology:
Out-of-Band system access => Allows remote management of platforms regardless of system power¹ or OS state (power on, power off...)
Proactive alerting => Decreases downtime and minimizes time-to-repair
Remote HW and SW asset tracking => Increase speed and accuracy over manual inventory tracking, reducing asset accounting costs
Note on AMT versions and protocol: New device with AMT >= 9.0 only support the WS-MAN / WS-Management protocol. That protocol was introduced in AMT >=3 to replace SOAP(EOI) (read Intel announcement). Most tools support only one of those protocols (so either AMT v1 to v3, or v3 to v9+)
Check this wiki page about AMT versions and features
Configuring the Management-Engine
Entreprise mode - In this mode, communications are authenticated using a certificate. .
Small Business (SMB) - In this mode, communications are authenticated using a password ('pre-shared secret'). .
AMT/WebBrowser - Browser client.
AMT/SerialOverLan - AMT's Serial over Lan
?AMT/IDE-R - AMT's Remote IDE
Once the Managment Engine is enabled (not necessarily configured), lspci -nn will show :
00:03.0 Communication controller : Intel Corporation Mobile PM965/GM965 MEI Controller [8086:2a04] (rev 0c) 00:03.2 IDE interface : Intel Corporation Mobile PM965/GM965 PT IDER Controller [8086:2a06] (rev 0c) 00:03.3 Serial controller : Intel Corporation Mobile PM965/GM965 KT Controller [8086:2a07] (rev 0c)
- note the "MEI", "KT", and "IDER" Controllers.
RFP: wsmancli -- Opensource Implementation of WS-Management - Command line utility (754505)
(other tools / possibilities: https://github.com/sdague/amt , or a WS-MAN compatible tool?)
http://www.intel.com/technology/platform-technology/intel-amt/ - Intel Active Management Technology.
http://softwarecommunity.intel.com/isn/home/manageability.aspx - Intel manageability stuffs.
http://www.openamt.org/ - Open Source Intel AMT Drivers and Tools (MEI/HECI and more).