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This is your SOL on Steroids

by on Oct.18, 2009, under Storage

Intel KVM: This is your SOL on Steroids

Intel AMT lets you connect to your managed computer remotely. SOL lets you connect to its COM port and control selected input/output. Nothing new there, right?
In the last IDF, Intel pulled back the curtain on a revolutionary feature: Intel KVM. KVM stands for "Keyboard, Video and Mouse", and it lets you control the, er, keyboard video and mouse of a remote station.

Out Of Band KVM is no triviality. Imagine your PC user calls you with a connectivity problem: You can ask her questions about the system… or you can use Intel KVM to control her system, seeing her screen and controlling her mouse — discovering that the network driver isn&apost installed is a breeze, and fixing it is as simple as inserting the installation disc in your own machine and executing it through IDER (previous Intel AMT features are, of course, available concomitantly).

Intel KVM will show you the entire remote desktop in any case, even in a BSoD, or with a missing hard-disk or CPU.  As much as this is exciting, this sounds scary: what if users want some privacy?
Well, all and any KVM connection starts with a secure graphic output containing a secure password, and this password is required in order to make the connection. This means that there is no Intel KVM session unless the computer user is now in front of the screen and willing to give control. The remote session is indicated to the user, and he has also full control to halt the session at once at the press of a mouse. Reviewed by an internal privacy review board, the technology is planned to be friendly to IT Managers and users alike.

This new feature will be available in some of the 2010 platforms, and is an incredibly useful addition to the other manageability (and remote desktop or KVM) solutions IT shops already have in their toolbox.
In a recent demonstration I performed for local IT Managers, the reception was overwhelming! Instead of performing this full demo on the web, I&aposll let you with this teaser.

We&aposll be soon posting on this blogs new information about this technology (with videos!). Stay tuned, it is going to be an exciting topic!


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