Configuring and Using Intel AMT for Remote Out-of-Band Server Management

Virtualization Review | January 13, 2020

For the past 20 or so years, various server manufacturers have enabled system administrators (SAs) to remotely access their server via the network at the BIOS level, an ability commonly referred to as out-of-band management (OOB). In the past, I have worked with OOB products including IBM (RSA), Dell (DRAC), and HP (iLO), but I have never had the chance to work with Intel Active Management Technology (AMT). In this article, I will first walk you through how to enable and configure AMT, and then I will describe my experience using it with an Intel system that I recently had in my lab.

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VMware Named a Leader in the 2022 Gartner Magic Quadrant™ for Unified Endpoint Management for Fifth Year in a Row

VMware | August 19, 2022

VMware, Inc. announced it has been positioned by Gartner, Inc. as a Leader in the 2022 Magic Quadrant for Unified Endpoint Management (UEM). This is the fifth consecutive year Workspace ONE – a core technology supporting unified endpoint management requirements that is part of VMware’s Anywhere Workspace - has been named a Leader in the Gartner Magic Quadrant for unified endpoint management. In addition, VMware received the highest product scores in the 2022 Gartner Critical Capabilities for Unified Endpoint Management Tools report across all four defined Use Cases – Security-Centric Management, Remote Worker, Modern Windows Management, and Non-Standard PC. “Today’s workforce faces key challenges like fragmented security, operational complexity and subpar experiences, In our view, this recognition validates our mission to enable employees to work from anywhere more securely and without friction, while supporting our customers’ most pressing priorities including workplace modernization, zero trust security, a great digital employee experience and profound time and cost savings.” Shankar Iyer, senior vice president and general manager, End-User Computing, VMware About VMware Anywhere Workspace and Workspace ONE VMware Anywhere Workspace is an integrated platform that enables employees to work from anywhere with more secure and frictionless experiences. It brings together all the necessary solutions into a single experience for IT and employees, including Unified End-point Management with Workspace ONE UEM, desktop as a service (DaaS) with Horizon, Digital Employee Experience (DEX), and Workspace Security. Workspace ONE UEM provides a comprehensive solution that enables companies to manage and better secure any device across all platforms. This UEM platform gives IT teams control over the highly diversified device deployments found in so many organizations today, while ensuring enterprise security at every level. Standout features include: Manage Every Endpoint on Every Platform: Manage and secure all devices (mobile, desktop, special-purpose, etc.) and apps (native, SaaS, virtual, etc.) at scale with a single powerful solution by taking advantage of modern, cloud-native efficiencies. Intelligence to Enlighten and Automate: IT teams get real-time visibility into the entire technology environment with Workspace ONE Intelligence, enabling informed, data-driven decisions. Proactive analytics help IT with faster resolution of issues that can negatively impact the overall digital employee experience (DEX) and security. Using the no-/low-code automation framework of Workspace ONE Freestyle Orchestrator, admins can automate routine and complex processes to minimize manual tasks for the IT team. Consistent Employee Experience: Employees work effectively on the go by providing a self-service unified app catalog that is consistent in look, feel, and function across all devices and platforms. The self-service digital workspace provides secure, single sign-on (SSO) access to all apps, actionable notifications, corporate communications, and support resources – all at one touch. Built-in per-app tunneling secures sessions even with apps behind a firewall. Automated Out-of-the-Box Device Onboarding: New devices register over the air during initial power-up with customizable configuration tools like Windows Drop Ship Provisioning, automated device enrollment with Apple Business Manager, zero-touch enrollment of rugged devices, and more. Admins can easily set up and customize the imageless configuration of work profiles such as email, VPN, Wi-Fi, apps, content, intranet sites, and other back-end resources. This gives employees immediate access to email, apps, and data within minutes of device startup, all of which ensures immediate user productivity and a positive employee experience no matter where the user is located. About VMware VMware is a leading provider of multi-cloud services for all apps, enabling digital innovation with enterprise control. As a trusted foundation to accelerate innovation, VMware software gives businesses the flexibility and choice they need to build the future. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, VMware is committed to building a better future through the company’s 2030 Agenda.

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Dell Technologies Delivers Industry-First Innovations with VMware to Power Multicloud and Edge Solutions

Dell Technologies | September 06, 2022

Dell Technologies is introducing new infrastructure solutions, co-engineered with VMware, that deliver greater automation and performance for organizations embracing multicloud and edge strategies. "Customers tell us they want help simplifying their multicloud and edge strategies as they look to drive more efficiency and performance from their IT," said Jeff Boudreau, president, Dell Technologies Infrastructure Solutions Group. "Dell Technologies and VMware have numerous joint engineering initiatives spanning core IT areas such as multicloud, edge and security to help our customers more easily manage and gain value from their data." Business data and applications continue to grow in multicloud environments comprised of edge locations, public clouds and on-premises IT. Many organizations have already adopted a multicloud approach, and the number of applications running at the edge will grow 800% by 2024.1 "IDC's global research shows many organizations are struggling to balance the rapidly rising complexity and cost of data center, edge and cloud operations with relentless business demand for better data integration, security and application performance, These organizations recognize the need for a consistent operating model tightly integrated with infrastructure platforms that support sophisticated, large scale data-driven workloads." Mary Johnston Turner, IDC research vice president, future of digital infrastructure agenda Dell VxRail delivers greater performance and smallest-ever systems at the edge Dell is introducing several new VxRail systems and software advancements that improve performance on-premises and at the edge including the industry's only jointly engineered HCI-based DPU solution with VMware.2 Improved system performance: A result of co-engineering with VMware and its Project Monterey initiative, VxRail systems support new VMware vSphere 8 software that has been rearchitected to run on DPUs. Customers can improve application and networking infrastructure performance and improve TCO by moving these services from a system's CPU to its new on-board DPU. Support demanding workloads: Select VxRail systems now support VMware's new vSAN Enterprise Storage Architecture (ESA). With up to 4x vSAN performance improvement3, customers can better support demanding mission-critical applications. Smallest edge systems: VxRail rugged modular nodes deliver high performance and scalability in the system's smallest form factor to date.4 Modular nodes are ideal for edge use cases including healthcare, energy and utilities and digital cities because of VxRail's industry-first, on-board hardware witness5, which will allow for deployment in high latency, low bandwidth locations. "The increasing demand for software-defined infrastructure services for networking, storage and security places more demands on already-strained CPUs. As more distributed, resource intensive applications are onboarded, there is a need to reimagine data center architecture to fully support the requirements of these applications," said Krish Prasad, senior vice president & general manager, Cloud Platform Business, VMware. "Dell VxRail with VMware vSphere 8 will deliver a foundation for next generation data center architecture by running infrastructure services on the DPU. This will enable greater network and application performance and a new level of sophistication in adopting Zero Trust security strategies to protect modern enterprise workloads." Dell APEX expands multicloud and edge support for VMware environments Dell is adding several offers to its APEX portfolio for VMware workloads that help speed development of cloud-native apps and better allocate compute and storage resources for applications at the edge. APEX Cloud Services with VMware Cloud adds managed VMware Tanzu Kubernetes Grid services, which allows IT teams to help developers move faster by using a container-based approach to application development. With Dell-managed Tanzu services, customers can provision Kubernetes clusters through the vSphere user interface. Organizations also will be able to help speed development efforts by building, testing and running cloud-native applications alongside traditional applications on the same platform. APEX Private Cloud and APEX Hybrid Cloud offer new compute-only options that allow customers to support more workloads and increase IT infrastructure efficiency by independently scaling compute and storage resources. Organizations can start small and scale their infrastructure as their IT needs change. Customers can use Dell's industry-leading enterprise storage data services by connecting compute-only instances to Dell storage such as APEX Data Storage Services. "APEX Hybrid Cloud lets us manage our multicloud environment seamlessly and gain better insights into our VMware workloads. It's allowed us to reduce the cost of supporting applications and workloads by 20%," said Ben Doyle, chief information officer, ATN International. "We stood up the Dell APEX solution quickly, and we easily moved 70% of our infrastructure to it in under three months. We look forward to working with Dell Technologies to expand our cloud footprint moving forward." Dell Validated Designs for AI – AutoML uses AI to democratize data science Dell Validated Designs for AI – Automatic Machine Learning (AutoML) uses automated machine learning models to help data scientists of all skill levels develop AI-powered applications. The solution includes tested and proven configurations of Dell VxRail hyperconverged infrastructure with H2O.ai, NVIDIA and VMware software to help customers speed time to insight from data with automation that delivers up to 18x faster AI models.6 Organizations report 20%7 faster time to value with Dell Validated Designs for AI, helping data scientists of all skill levels develop AI-powered applications faster. VMware Tanzu in Dell Validated Designs for AI helps provide greater container security and allows customers to run AI at the edge using VMware Tanzu services. About Dell Technologies Dell Technologies ( NYSE:DELL) helps organizations and individuals build their digital future and transform how they work, live and play. 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Opera ships its new VPN Pro service to Windows and Mac to give you an extra level of security as you travel

Opera | August 08, 2022

Opera (NASDAQ: OPRA), the company behind the eponymous web browser, recently announced the expansion of its security features with the new VPN Pro subscription service, a premium device-wide VPN that can be used without the installation of a separate app. The VPN Pro service, previously available on Android, is now coming to Opera users on Windows and Mac. Travelling with no limits Opera VPN Pro is now multi-platform Opera VPN Pro is now multi-platform Opera ships its new VPN Pro service to Windows and Mac to give you an extra level of security as you travel Opera ships its new VPN Pro service to Windows and Mac to give you an extra level of security as you travel Opera ships its new VPN Pro service to Windows and Mac to give you an extra level of security as you travel Opera ships its new VPN Pro service to Windows and Mac to give you an extra level of security as you travel The summer is a time of travel, with people once again changing their location: for leisure or to attend industry events. The pleasures of travel, however, also come with the cybersecurity risks of using public Wi-Fi. The Opera browser, which is known for its free browser VPN, which is still available to all of our users, is providing its users with a device-wide solution that protects their laptops no matter where they go and what connections they use – from subway hotspots to hotel Wi-Fi. Opera VPN Pro users can enjoy safe and seamless connections wherever their vacation or business trip takes them. The subscription-based service will cover up to six devices connected to one account. Opera is offering a free month with an unlimited secure VPN connection to those who subscribe to VPN Pro via desktop before August 31st, with an opportunity to cancel the subscription at any time. Working from the beach, airport, or a cafe, as well as just browsing the web for fun, is now safer thanks to the VPN Pro solution. To use the new Opera VPN Pro, users need to install Opera Browser on Windows, or Mac on their computer, then sign into their Opera Account and try it for free. From that point, whenever the VPN is switched on, all the data that users send to the internet will be encrypted and sent to one of thousands of VPN servers around the world. This not only protects them while using unencrypted Wi-Fi at airports, restaurants and city centers, but also makes it harder for advertisers to track them. With a simple click on the Opera VPN Badge in the Opera browser address bar, or via the tray icon, users can enable full protection at any moment. Opera VPN Pro is available in English, German, French, Spanish, Polish, and Brazilian Portuguese. Available on Android, Windows and Mac Back in March, Opera released VPN Pro, a full-featured VPN solution that encrypts all traffic going out of the user's Android device. Today, it's boosting users' privacy on desktop. "VPN services are becoming an essential part of browsing, regardless of the device being used. 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Additionally, users can run data-saving mode alongside VPN Pro to ensure they never go overboard on their data. How to get started VPN Pro can be used on Windows and Mac by installing Opera Browser for desktop. To enhance device security and safety, users can subscribe to Opera VPN Pro directly inside the Opera Browser by following 5 simple steps: download the latest version of Opera Browser; log into Opera Account and select desired subscription period; follow the payment steps; enjoy a seamless and protected connection to the web! To use the same subscription on your Android device, simply download the Opera Browser for Android from the playstore, sign in to the same Opera account you have on your desktop and start using your VPN Pro on your phone! With Opera VPN Pro, existing Opera users can easily subscribe using their Opera account without the need to download another app or create another account. The pricing options vary from $1.99 to $5.99 per month (depending on the duration of the subscription) of VPN protection, making Opera VPN Pro one of the safest and most economical solutions on the market. If a user ever needs any help with the service, Opera's team of industry-leading experts are always available to assist. Support can be easily reached through the Help Center or by Chat & Email support, both available here. VPN Pro is currently available for users in the majority of markets around the globe. There is a 7-day free trial period and a 30-day money-back guarantee. Before the 31st of August, new users of VPN Pro on desktop can get one month of subscription for free. The release has a pricing offer of $5.99 for one month, $2.99 per month with a 6-month subscription, and $1.99 per month with a 12-month subscription for VPN protection. To discover all the benefits, visit the dedicated VPN Pro page. 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ControlUp Accelerates Adoption of DEX Management Platform With Ability to Monitor Zoom, MS Teams, and Other Unified Communications Tools

ControlUp | September 02, 2022

ControlUp, the industry leader in Digital Employee Experience (DEX) management, today announced that ControlUp Co-founder and Chief Product Officer Yoni Avital will host a bad user experience smackdown at VMware Explore 2022. ControlUp, a VMware Partner, is also breaking its Edge DX adoption records, a solution that allows IT teams to not only monitor productivity tools like Microsoft Teams (MS Teams) and Zoom but allows for advanced data analytics to proactively address issues. See a demo of Edge DX and more at ControlUp's booth in South Hall 1302. "With the new ability for IT teams to monitor Zoom and MS Teams, Edge DX is the fastest growing product in our portfolio to date. This is a testament to how important having real-time data analytics accessible to IT teams, The solution also allows for rapid deployment, which is crucial when it comes to the sales cycle. For example, one financial services client deployed 192,000+ seats in a matter of weeks." Asaf Ganot, Co-founder and CEO, ControlUp Recently recognized as a strong performer in end-user experience management by Forrester Research in The Forrester Wave™, ControlUp continues to bring data together in unique ways to optimize the digital employee experience while proactively addressing network latency issues, availability of SaaS apps and virtual desktops, and slow logons. With the ability to deploy Edge DX at scale in minutes, IT teams can virtually sit side-by-side with work from anywhere (WFA) employees to fix issues quickly on endpoint devices so team members can get back to work fast. Similar to our recent integration to monitor functionality with MS Teams, our new integration with Zoom provides IT teams usage insights across employee calls and meetings. Data analysis monitors the quality of calls for technical issues that may impact the digital experience of participants. Edge DX makes remediation actions available for addressing and preventing issues that impact productivity. By proactively identifying potential bottlenecks and failure points, IT teams can now provide resolutions before Help Desk tickets are filed. VMware Explore attendees have the opportunity to hear and see how ControlUp helps remove IT dark zones with real-time visibility that improves employees' productivity in two sessions: Tuesday, Aug. 30, 3:15-3:45 p.m., Joel Stocker, Director of Product Marketing, ControlUp, and Tom Fenton, Tech. Mrkt. Engr., ControlUp, will present "Improve Remote Work Experience with Last-Mile Monitoring From ControlUp" in The Expo Theater. Wednesday, Aug. 31, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Yoni Avital, Co-founder & CPO, ControlUp, and Trentent Tye, Tech Marketing, ControlUp, will hammer things out in a "Bad User Experience Smackdown: Easy Horizon Troubleshooting with ControlUp" in a Breakout Session. "ControlUp is proud to be an established VMware Partner with deep integrations that help VMware users capture real-time data insights for on-the-fly troubleshooting," said Avital. "It is no secret that work-from-anywhere is here to stay, which solidifies the ongoing need for our DEX management platform to help IT teams monitor performance, availability, and productivity for networks, apps, and unified communications tools like Zoom and MS Teams." Microsoft, MS Teams are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies. VMware, Horizon, and VMware Explore are registered trademarks or trademarks of VMware, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States and other jurisdictions. About ControlUp ControlUp powers the work-from-anywhere world by delivering a Digital Employee Experience (DEX) Management Platform built for IT teams to make remote work more flexible and reliable. Whether your desktops are physical or virtual, your applications are local or SaaS, IT can optimize remote work environments from the datacenter or from the cloud with rich, real-time visibility across the entire digital employee experience. Headquartered in Silicon Valley with R&D in Israel, ControlUp supports over 2,000 customers and counting.

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