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My First Thoughts

by on Jun.08, 2009, under Storage

Working with Intel AMT: My First Thoughts

Before I share my thoughts with you, I should probably start with an introduction. My name is Stephen Hibbert and I¡¦m a fifth-year Computer Engineering student at the University of Florida (Go Gators!). I¡¦ll be working as an Intel Intern (tongue-twister?) this summer to help improve the Manageability Developer Community. I¡¦ll be developing a management console using only the resources available to community members. My feedback should help identify areas of improvement within the community. You can learn about my experiences through my weekly blog posts, which should be helpful to new AMT developers. So, without further ado, here are my first thoughts on working with Intel Active Management Technology.

Finding information about Intel AMT was a relatively simple task. A Google search for "active management technology" gave me some basic information.

  • Three of the top IT needs include better asset management, reduced downtime, and minimized desk-side visits.
  • Intel design teams addressed these issues through platform architectural enhancements.
  • Intel Centrino with vPro technology
  • Intel Core 2 Duo with vPro technology
  • Intel AMT offers proactive security, built-in manageability, and energy-efficient performance.
  • Finding the Manageability Developer Community was more difficult. A Google search for ¡§intel amt community¡¨ worked, but searching for ¡§intel amt forums¡¨ or ¡§intel amt blogs¡¨ didn¡¦t. Since the terms ¡§forums¡¨ and ¡§blogs¡¨ are probably more common, it took a little longer than necessary to find the community.

    When I found the Manageability Community, I followed a link to the Overview training. This was especially helpful in explaining what AMT was and how it worked. The ¡§Data Structures¡¨ section of the training was a bit harder to understand, but some quick searching helped to answer my questions.

    • Managed elements are represented as objects with fields (properties) and methods.
  • Managed Object Format (MOF) is the language used to describe CIM classes.
    • MOF syntax describes object-oriented class and instance definitions in textual form.
  • The Web Services Management (WS-Management) standard describes how to work with instances of CIM class objects.
    • WS-Management operations tell Intel AMT (in XML) which CIM objects to manipulate.
  • The Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) is the standards organization responsible for these standards.
  • Like most developers, I wanted to start coding as soon as possible. The Overview training served as the perfect starting point. I encourage new AMT developers to take advantage of the web-based training offered through the community. In my next post, I¡¦ll talk about the second web-based training and how it helped me to start developing applications for Intel AMT. Thanks for reading and feel free to leave questions and/or comments!


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