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Intel Active Management Technology (AMT) is hardware-based technology built into PCs with Intel vPro technology. AMT is designed to help sys-admins remotely manage and secure PCs out-of-band when PC power is off, the operating system (OS) is unavailable (hung, crashed, corrupted, missing), software management agents are missing, or hardware (such as a hard disk drive or memory) has failed.[1][2][3][4][5]

Versions[edit]

Intel AMT is built into a small secondary processor located on the motherboard. This OOB controller has embedded firmware that runs on the Manageability Engine (ME), a separate small ARC architecture processor built into the northbridge (or network card for AMT 1.0) of the motherboard. The AMT firmware is stored in the same SPI flash memory component used to store the BIOS and is generally updated along with the BIOS. FWH (Firmware Hub) or LPC firmware storage is not supported for AMT.[2]

In general, an AMT version can be updated in software to the next minor version. New major releases of Intel AMT are built into a new chipset, and are updated through new hardware.

  • Intel AMT 10.0 - Q97 chipset,
  • Intel AMT 9.0 — Intel Q87 chipset, mobile QM87 chipset (Lynx Point). SOAP(EOI) protocol removed.
  • Intel AMT 8.0 — Intel Q75 and Q77 (Maho Bay: Panther Point) chipset, mobile QM77 and QS77 (Chief River: Panther Point) chipset.
  • Intel AMT 7.0 — Intel Q67 (Sugar Bay: Cougar Point) chipset, mobile QM67 and QS67 (Huron River: Cougar Point) chipset.
  • Intel AMT 6.0 — Intel Core i5/7 vPro desktop platforms based on the Q57 (Piketon: Ibex Peak) chipset, Core i5/7 vPro mobile platforms based on the QM57 and QS57 (Calpella: Ibex Peak) chipset, and Xeon 3400 series/Core i5 vPro entry workstation platforms based on the 3450 chipset.
  • Intel AMT 5.0 — Intel Core 2 vPro desktop platforms (launched September 22, 2008) based on the Intel Q45 (McCreary: Eaglelake-Q, ICH10) chipsets.[6]
  • Intel AMT 4.1 — Intel AMT 4.0 + Intel Anti-Theft Technology. Supported on same mobile platforms as Intel AMT 4.0, and based on the GM45 (Montevina, ICH9M) chipset.[7]
  • Intel AMT 4.0 — Mobile platforms with Intel Centrino 2 with vPro based on the GM45 or 47/PM45 (Montevina: Cantiga, ICH9M) chipsets.[1][5][8][9]
  • Intel AMT 3.2 — Intel AMT 3.0 + extra DASH 1.0 (simplified configuration) support and bug fixes (supported on same desktop platforms as Intel AMT 3.1 and Intel AMT 3.0).[1][9]
  • Intel AMT 3.1 — Intel AMT 3.0 + Linux (Red Hat and SUSE) support (supported on same desktop platforms as Intel AMT 3.0; uses same firmware).[1][9]
  • Intel AMT 3.0 — Intel vPro desktop platforms based on the Intel Q35 (Weybridge: Bearlake-Q, ICH9) chipsets, e.g., the Intel DQ35MP motherboard.[1][4]
  • Intel AMT 2.6 — Intel AMT 2.5 + Remote Configuration and bug fixes (supported on same platforms as Intel AMT 2.5).[10]
  • Intel AMT 2.5 — Intel Centrino Pro mobile platforms based on the GM965/PM965 (Santa Rosa: Crestline, ICH8M) chipsets.[4][10]
  • Intel AMT 2.2 — Intel AMT 2.1 + Remote Configuration and bug fixes (supported on same platforms as Intel AMT 2.1 and Intel AMT 2.0).[10]
  • Intel AMT 2.1 — Intel AMT 2.0 + AMT Power Savings (Intel Management Engine Wake on LAN) and bug fixes (supported on same platforms as Intel AMT 2.0).[10]
  • Intel AMT 2.0 — Intel vPro desktop platforms based on the Intel Q963/Q965 (Broadwater-Q, ICH8) chipsets, e.g., the Intel DQ965GF motherboard.[10]
  • Intel AMT 1.0 — Intel platforms based on the Intel 82573E (Tekoa; usually 945, ICH7) Gigabit Ethernet Controller, e.g., the Intel D975XBX2 motherboard. This version provides basic NVRAM, hardware asset, event log and other basic features. It does not provide Intel System Defense network filters.

Comparison of AMT versions[edit]

The following is a comparison of the various features supported by each version of Intel AMT[11][12][13]

Feature AMT 1.0
(Desktop)
AMT 2.0/2.1
(Desktop)
AMT 2.5/2.6
(Mobile)
AMT 3.0
(Desktop)
AMT 4.0
(Mobile)
AMT 5.0
(Desktop)
6.0
(Desktop & Mobile)
7.0 & 8.0
(Desktop & Mobile)
9.0
(Desktop & Mobile)
Hardware Inventory Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Persistent ID Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Remote Power On/Off Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SOL/IDER[note 1] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Event Management Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Third-party Data Storage Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Built-in web server Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Flash Protection Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Firmware Update Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
TCP/IP, SOAP XML/EOI Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No[note 2] No[note 2]
HTTP Digest/TLS Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Static and dynamic IP Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
System Defense No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Agent Presence No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Power Policies No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Mutual Authentication No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Kerberos No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
TLS-PSK No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Privacy Icon No 2.1 and up Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
ME Wake-on-LAN No 2.1 and up Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Remote Configuration No 2.2 and up 2.6 and up Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Wireless Configuration No No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Endpoint Access Control (EAC) 802.1 No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Power Packages No No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Environment Detection No No Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Event Log Reader Realm No No 2.6 and up Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
System Defense Heuristics No No No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
WS-Management interface No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
VLAN settings for Intel AMT network interfaces No No No Yes No Yes No No No
Fast Call For Help (CIRA) No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Access Monitor No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
MS NAP support No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Virtualization Support for Agent Presence No No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes
PC Alarm Clock No No No No No 5.1 and up Yes Yes Yes
KVM Remote Control No No No No No No Yes Yes Yes
Wireless Profile Synchronization No No No No No No Yes Yes Yes
Support for IPv6 No No No No No No Yes Yes Yes
Host-based Provisioning No No No No No No No Yes Yes
Host-based over the Internet Provisioning No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Zero-touch over the Internet Provisioning No No No No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Graceful Shutdown No No No No No No No No Yes
  1. ^ Serial Over LAN/IDE-Redirection is an Intel AMT protocol that allows the host computer to access the floppy disk or CD drive of the connecting computer[14]
  2. ^ a b SOAP (EOI) was deprecated from AMT 6.0 onwards in favour of WS-MAN, AMT 9.0 is WS-MAN only[15]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Intel Centrino 2 with vPro Technology and Intel Core2 Processor with vPro Technology". Intel. 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
  2. ^ a b "Architecture Guide: Intel Active Management Technology". Intel. 2008-06-26. Retrieved 2008-08-12. 
  3. ^ "Remote Pc Management with Intel's vPro". Tom's Hardware Guide. Retrieved 2007-11-21. 
  4. ^ a b c "Intel vPro Chipset Lures MSPs, System Builders". ChannelWeb. Retrieved Aug 2007. 
  5. ^ a b "Intel Mostly Launches Centrino 2 Notebook Platform". ChannelWeb. Retrieved July 2008. 
  6. ^ "Gelsinger Speaks To Intel And High-Tech Industry's Rapid Technology Cadence". Intel. 2007-09-18. Archived from the original on 2008-04-17. Retrieved 2008-08-16. 
  7. ^ "New Intel Centrino Atom Processor Technology Ushers in 'Best Internet Experience in Your Pocket'". Intel. 2008-04-02. Archived from the original on 2008-04-17. Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
  8. ^ "New Intel-Based Laptops Advance All Facets of Notebook PCs". Intel. Archived from the original on 2008-07-17. Retrieved 2008-07-15. 
  9. ^ a b c "Intel Centrino 2 Explained". CNET. Retrieved 2008-07-15. 
  10. ^ a b c d e "Intel Centrino Pro and Intel vPro Processor Technology". Intel. Retrieved 2008-08-07. 
  11. ^ "Intel Active Management Technology - Start Here Guide". Intel. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  12. ^ Active Management Cloud Overview
  13. ^ Intel AMT - over the Internet deployment and infrastructure concepts.
  14. ^ "SOL/IDER Explained". Intel. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 
  15. ^ a b "WSMAN Interface is replacing the SOAP(EOI) Interface". Intel. Retrieved 2013-01-17. 

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