How to Remotely Control Your Dekstop PC ( Even If It Crashes )


29.03.2011

How to Remotely Control Your Dekstop PC ( Even If It Crashes )

The ability to remotely control your computer is the oldest trick in the book, not to mention changing BIOS settings or installing an operating system remotely. The AMT KMS make’s it easy for any nerd whit the special hardware to do that.

The Intel vPro is the platform into the Intel processors and other hardware that let’s companies to manage their laptops and desktops out-of-band (OOB).

Even if the PC’s are off or on you can manage it, plus the great part is that it doesn’t matter if your operating system has failed or even the hard drive is not there!

Whit the Active Management Technology (AMT) 6.0 and processors Intel introduced you can now manage whit the right hardware configuration to have full remote access to your PC what ever the state is. Here are the latest features of Intel AMT.

I’m sure that the average nerd is familiar with the VNC software, the purpose and the place of this software is in the operating system. AMT KVM is great in case of total system failure and even if the system is not installed, the AMT KVM runs at a hardware level. Interested ? Let us star on set up Intel AMT KVM so that remote your PC becomes more fun.

Not all the Intel processors series sustains Intel AMT KVM the problem is the vPro designed for business.The target is the vPro logo somewhere on your computer find it.

IMPORTANT: Just some of the Core i5 and i7 processors support as currently they don’t make i3 processors with vPro support.

The logo's

In case of not finding a logo of i5 or i7 on your PC or you assembled your PC yourself no problem, here is the help you need click here if you have a Intel Core processor.

You do ? that means you can turn on KVM with a few other requirements.

The network card is the second most important after the processor and the video that need’s to be Intel’s embedded. This are important and they are used in order to grant access to the out-of-band communication, the server (KVM) has to have direct access to:

  • Network interface

  • Display

This process shows when the machine is exactly what is being displayed.

If all the things are in order, as mentioned above then proceed on whit the configuration of Intel AMT KVM.

Turn on Hardware KVM

  • Turn on BIOS verbosity.

  • Reboot your computer and enter your BIOS configuration.

  • The labeled firmware verbosity or boot verbosity need’s to be ON to.

boot

Now restart your PC after the BIOS splash screen you probably see a second setup screen and looks like the image below or something like that. To enter Management Engine BIOS Extension (MBEx) push Ctrl+P to configure Intel AMT.

ctrl+p

If the operation has been successful and the AMT runs for the first time it should ask you for an password. Right the word “admin” this is the default password is automatically, you need to create a new password, this new password has to have 8 characters, just 8 not more or less and contains one upper case letter, one lower case letter, one number, and one symbol.

Enter the new password twice and continue.

The second default password that you can use just in case :“P@ssw0rd” just if the “admin” password dose not work.

admin or P@ssw0rd

You are logged into the MEBx, access Intel Management Engine and select activate network access.

mebx

Press Y so you can accept the warning that will pop up about the ME network interface.

Select network setup after select Intel(R) ME Network Name Settings.

Next is the host name and you need to put your PC name. It would be better to write your PC’s name for avoiding problems with the DNS. Go back to the main menu to do this use the escape key and then go to manageability feature selection. Press Y for continue past the caution message.

Be sure that manageability feature selection is enabled, you will find it in the lower window and select SIL/IDER.

The SOL, IDEAR and Legacy Redirection Mode need to be all enabled so make sure of that.

Go back to the previous menu, select KWM configuration. The KVM Feature Selection needs to be enabled.

Change the User Opt-in because the user consent is not required for KVM session.

You need to enable remote control of Opt-it policy.

To exit the MEBx menu press the ESC key 3 times, and then press the Y key to save & exit the menu.

Get started on the vPro Machine

So the KVM is set on your’r PC all you have to do now is to install the software so you can connect. You can choose from more than one tool to do this operation but start with the free options. The guys at Intel made the Management Command Tool exactly for this purpose, so go to the internet and download/install the software on the PC that you need to connect.

IMPORTANT: You need to be plugged into the network and internet, also the power cord needs to be plugged in so you can start remote control your computer. This process is valid for wireless, too, but this is another story.

The download

The software has finished to install, now select add known computer.

Network Discovery

Set up information for the remote computer.

Add Intel

The machine has been added, so go to the left panel and then click connect.

Connect & Control

The connection is done. Go to the connection tab and open options for Remote KVM settings.

Remote Control

An new window will open, go down to the list for KVM state you need to enable all the ports.

IMPORTANT: After the ports are all enabled you will have connection with the free version of RealVNC Viewer, but the encrypted connections will be lost.

Edit KVM

Now you need to start the test and make sure the connection will be made, click OK and from the main window select “KVM Viwer Standard Port”.

The new window will open with the remote computer in another window, but you will see a RealVNC logo that you can’t remove unless you install the standalone RealVNC viewer.

Remote KVM

The stand alone viewer is done installing, run it and just connect, is easy just like an normal VNC server.

VNC Viewer

You will need your Intel AMT KVM password.

Authentication

The VNC connection will be done with the established with the AMT KVM server.

Intel

If you can see a flashing icon, in the top right corner of the screen and a thin, read boarder on both the remote viewer and the local client, this means you established connection.

Connection

Some of the options like IDE redirect, encryption plus the ability to power on and off will not work if you use the free version, but in case of full version they will work and the software is available for just $99  and it’s called RealVNC Viewer Plus.

Go back to the Intel Manageability Commander Tool and change the KVM State back to Redirection Port Only before connecting with RealVNC Plus.

Edit KVM

Go to RealVNC Plus to connect to the remote machine.

VNC Viewer

To get connecting to the right machine set accept the prompt.

Question

Now enter the AMT password.

Identification

A banner across the top with some added functionality will appaer once the username and password are validate.

AMT KVM

Here are some things that you can benefit from RealVNC Plus: reboot directly to the Bios and mount a .ISO file to install an system remotely.

Now with hardware based KVM available on hardware it helps a lot when you’re not around your PC plus many options.

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