EV Reach - Intel vPro Features

Last modified on 2023/07/12 14:03

Intel vPro is Intel's application of Active Management Technology. Intel vPro gives IT administrators the ability to manage their systems via a built-in hardware device. The EV Reach remote access software gives you access to Intel vPro features in an intuitive and easy to understand format.

Note: Your Intel vPro system must be provisioned and configured before you can access the features. Please consult your hardware vendor’s technical guides for details.

Configuring Intel vPro

Intel vPro provisioning and configuration considerations

Intel vPro has many different configuration options. EV Reach is designed to automatically detect different configurations and apply settings accordingly.

Provisioning Modes

Client Control Mode: Client Control Mode refers to vPro systems that have been configured by the local MEBx software directly. When a system has been provisioned in Client Control Mode, all KVM functionality will require user acceptance.

Admin Control Mode: Admin Control Mode refers to vPro systems that have been configured by an Intel SCS server or third party provisioning server.

Authentication Options

Intel vPro systems require authentication before a feature can be accessed. Use the EV Reach Credential Manager for seamless authentication to the Intel vPro chip.

See Find out more.

  • Custom ACLs: Custom Access Control Lists can be configured directly in the MEBx or by a provisioning server. Add your custom user account to the EV Reach Credential Manager for seamless access to Intel vPro features.
  • Active Directory Integrated: Intel vPro supports Kerberos Authentication for accessing features. EV Reach automatically detects this configuration and will attempt to use the EV Reach operators Active Directory Credentials. Alternate Credentials can be added to the Credential Manager if necessary.

Note: To use Active Directory/Kerberos authentication, you must specify the fully qualified domain name of the target system.

TLS Encryption

Intel vPro can be configured to require TLS before allowing any connection. EV Reach will automatically detect if the Intel vPro system is using TLS.

To establish TLS connections with EV Reach RC, you must do/have the following:

Intel vPro Port Redirection

Intel vPro systems use TCP 16994 for KVM connections to a system. Intel vPro can also use the standard VNC port for KVM connections. TLS and Kerberos/Active Directory Authentication are not available with the standard VNC port.

Intel vPRO KVM

EV Reach RC can now harness to power of the Intel vPro out-of-band KVM.  Intel vPro KVM features allows out-of-band KVM access to any Intel vPro enabled workstation. See the section Configuring EV Reach for Intel vPro

Establishing an Intel vPro KVM Session

Use the More Options button or the arrow below the Connect button in the Command Bar and select via Intel vPro KVM.

Enter the host name or IP address of the target Intel vPro system

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Note: If your Intel vPro systems are configured to use TLS or Kerberos/Active Directory authentication, enter the fully qualified domain name (FQDN). See the section Configuring EV Reach for Intel vPro

Specify your connection options

Note: Intel vPro can be configured to use the standard VNC port (5900) or the Intel vPro redirected ports. See the section Configuring EV Reach for Intel vPro

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Use the Logon Information Tab to specify alternate Active Directory credentials or Intel vPro ACL credentials.

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User Acceptance

User Acceptance is controlled by the Intel vPro chip or from a policy from the provisioning server.

Notes

  • Intel vPro requires user acceptance if the system is configured in Client Control Mode. See the section Configuring EV Reach for Intel vPro
  • Intel vPro is a hardware specification and must be purchased. Please consult your hardware vendor for more information.

Video - Intel vPro KVM features

Note: Intel vPro is a hardware specification and must be purchased. Please consult your hardware vendor for more information.

Intel vPRO Power Options

Use EV Reach RC control the out of band power state of any vPro enabled desktop. See the section Configuring EV Reach for Intel vPro]. The features shown here are for specific Intel vPro options. For more information about the Power Options Dashboard, see Power Options.

Opening the Power Options Dashboard

You can find the Power Options Dashboard for any workstation in the following locations.

In the My Devices Panel

Right click any Windows system in the My Devices Panel and select Power Options.

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In the Login Prompt Menu

While in a Remote Control session, use the Login Prompt drop down in the Command Bar and select Power Options

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Power Options Dashboard Intel vPro features

The Power Options Dashboard has many features for Intel vPro enabled systems. The Powered On monitor will retrieve the power status directly from the Intel vPro chip. EV Reach will query the status of the AMT chip and inform you if Intel vPro credentials are required.

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Rebooting to BIOS

Use the Restart Menu to Restart an Intel vPro enabled system to the BIOS.

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Rebooting to ISO Image

Use the Restart Menu to restart an Intel vPro enabled system to a specified ISO Image.

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Choose the ISO image location and select "Then restart the host to the Mounted Image" and click Execute.

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Powering up a system that is completely powered down

Use the Power Options Dashboard screen to power up an Intel vPro system that is completely off.

If the system is completely powered down but the Intel vPro chip is available, use the Power On (AMT) button to turn this system on. This is not a Wake on Lan operation.

See Find out more on Wake on Lan

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Video - Intel vPro Power features

Note: Intel vPro is a hardware specification and must be purchased. Please consult your hardware vendor.

ISO Mounting and IDER

EV Reach RC allows you to reboot any Intel vPro enabled workstation to an ISO image for any management purposes. This is a very powerful feature and has many uses. See the section Configuring EV Reach for Intel vPro

Rebooting to ISO Image

Open the Power Options Dashboard.

See Find out more.

Use the Restart Menu to restart an Intel vPro enabled system to a specified ISO Image.

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Choose the ISO image location and select "Then restart the host to the Mounted Image" and click Execute.

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Video - Intel vPro ISO Mounting features

Note: Intel vPro is a hardware specification and must be purchased. Please consult your hardware vendor.

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