Active Platform Management Demystified

Unleashing the power of Intel® vPro™ Technology
Book Type: Intel Press Books
Category: IT Best Practices
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Has your IT organization felt the need for accurate asset management, reduced downtime with fewer deskside visits, and improved malware prevention and response?

Want a solution for out-of-band manageability and security when the PC is in a low-power state or even powered off, the operating system is unresponsive, or software agents are disabled?

Active Platform Management Demystified describes the manageability and security features in PCs equipped with Intel® vPro™ Technology which includes Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT). It "goes into detail about how Intel AMT eases the burden of maintaining, managing and protecting PCs in both the Enterprise and Small Business environments" according to Christoph Graham, Hewlett-Packard Technical Strategist, and "will be very useful to anyone delivering Intel AMT solutions."

Intel Active Management Technology provides an access point for the latest management consoles from Microsoft, Altiris, Cisco, LANDesk, HP and others so IT practitioners can access PCs over a wired or corporate wireless network—or even outside the corporate firewall through a wired LAN connection. "This book keeps things clear and simple, even when discussing out-of-band operational details on IDE-Redirect and heuristic filters. The explanations illustrated using the Developer's Tool Kit are especially useful" says Javier Caceres of Aranda Software Corporation.

Technical Articles:

"Active Platform Management Demystified provides a good balance between technology overview and implementation details, making it a great book for ISV product teams—including product managers, senior engineers, architects and support personnel—that are developing, supporting and selling client management software."

Max Sokolov, Senior Director of Engineering, Symantec Corp.

"The History and Overview sections alone provide excellent education on a wide array DMTF standards. This book will become an important resource for anyone navigating state-of-the-art management technology."

Winston Bumpus, President, DMTF and Director of Standards Architecture, VMware, Inc.

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About the Author(s)

Arvind Kumar

Arvind Kumar
After finishing up his Computer Engineering degree from University of Roorkee (now Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India) in 1987, Arvind found his way to USA a couple of years later working for IBM in Boca Raton, FL. Moved to Oregon in 1990 when he found an engineering position in networking software. 

Purushottam Goel

Purushottam Goel
Purushottam graduated from the University of Roorkee, India (now an IIT) with a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering, and later pursued his Masters from the Computer Engineering department of BITS, Pilani, India.

He worked at the Bangalore R&D Center of Novell, Inc. from 1996 to 2000 working on various projects, most notably on the security components of the NetWare* operating system. Subsequently he tried his luck in a couple of startups, before joining Intel in 2002. Purushottam is one of the key architects of Intel AMT product. He is responsible for all security features and aspects of the product. He has been the designer of most of the provisioning and setup mechanism of Intel AMT as well.

Ylian Saint-Hilaire

Ylian Saint-Hilaire
Fresh out from the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM) with a master’s in computer sciences, Ylian moved to Oregon to work from Intel in 1998. His early work involved IPsec and network security, he later joined the digital home group at Intel and is known for his work on UPnP and media adapters.

In 2006, Ylian started work on a sample open source set of tools to facilitate using Intel AMT. These tools were made public on as the Intel AMT Developer Tool Kit (DTK) in January 2007 and have been widely used ever since. Ylian also uses Intel AMT in his own home, allowing this home entertainment system to be managed remotely.