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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