Testing Intel vPro® Platform-Enabled Client Management From The Cloud
Intel® Endpoint Management Assistant (Intel® EMA) shines in
ease-of-use and efficiency tests conducted by Prowess Consulting.
The Intel vPro® platform, which spans Intel Core vPro processors and Intel Xeon E3 and E5 processors, includes Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT). Platforms equipped with Intel AMT can be managed remotely, regardless of power state or whether an operating system (OS) is functioning. Intel® Endpoint Management Assistant (Intel® EMA) is software that eases the configuration of Intel AMT and provides a portal for cloud-based management of Intel vPro platform–based devices on the network.
Engineers at Prowess Consulting undertook installation and testing of Intel Endpoint Management Assistant to validate its functionality and evaluate its ease of use in managing Intel® Core™ vPro® processor–based endpoint devices. We configured an environment to test various use-case scenarios with laptop and desktop machines on wired and wireless routers and public hot spots. We conducted two kinds of testing:
- Installing Intel® Endpoint Management Assistant in the test environment
- Performing a wide range of endpoint-management functions using both the graphical user interface (GUI) and the API
Both the installation and endpoint-management tests were carried out successfully. The processes were generally easy and efficient, with minor exceptions noted in the Test Results section of this paper.