Mark Berry February 16, 2016
Once a year, I test restoring a server to a desktop. The server is backed up with standard Windows Backup. The idea is to confirm that if the server went down, I could quickly restore to one of the customer’s desktops as a temporary solution while the server is repaired or replaced. This is also an interesting test of how well Windows Backup handles restoring to different hardware. Previous tests are blogged in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.More...
Mark Berry February 6, 2015
Time for my annual test of restoring a server to a desktop. This year is almost identical to last year, but I want to have one list of steps, so I’ll repeat much of that text.More...
Mark Berry December 13, 2014
I want to be able to make out-of-band KVM connections to computers running Intel AMT 9 (vPro). I initially thought this would require the $99 VNC Viewer Plus from RealVNC, but it seems to work fine with the free UltraVNC Viewer in combination with the free Manageability Commander Tool.
The RealVNC approach requires that you set up TLS for the connection. The UltraVNC approach can work without that, but I prefer the connection to be encrypted anyway. The RealVNC site has some decent documentation on this but I wanted to add some pictures and some info about self-signed certificates.
Update 6 October 2016 You now have to use MeshCommander for remote KVM but you still need MDTK if you want to set up TLS. See more info at the end of the article.More...
Mark Berry August 21, 2012
I recently acquired two Lenovo M58p desktops and set up vPro in Small Business mode. It worked fine when the computers were on, but once turned off, I could no longer access vPro by browsing to http://<ip_address>:16992. What gives? The main thing I need vPro for is accessing machines that are powered off!More...
Mark Berry July 16, 2012
Almost four years ago, I blogged about how to buy an OptiPlex with vPro from the Dell Outlet. Unfortunately the last time I checked, Dell no longer publishes the detailed system information before you purchase, though you might be able to get the info from a salesperson.More...
Mark Berry December 22, 2008
About a year ago, I bought a Dell OptiPlex 755 for a client. The machine came with Intel Advanced Management Technology (iAMT) with vPro. I soon discovered that has a killer feature: it has a little web server built into the hardware that allows me to remotely power the machine off and on. That's right, out-of-band power management built into the motherboard! For someone who does remote IT administration, that feature can be invaluable. I decided I would definitely look for iAMT/vPro on future purchases.
Dell Outlet has some great deals on OptiPlexes. When you follow the link from the Outlet to the OptiPlex 755 Desktop Product Details, vPro is mentioned six times. It's obviously a major feature of the OptiPlex 755. Intel's list of vPro Skus also confirms that vPro is included on every OptiPlex 755 form factor. vPro is a feature of certain processors, so I made sure that I bought a machine with a vPro-capable processor (an E8350).
Long story short, the computer I received did not have iAMT or vPro. The setup options were simply missing from the systems management BIOS.More...
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