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Remote hardware management for desktops

Project ID: 
156
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Description: It would be useful to be able to reliably remotely manage the power settings for desktop machines. In particular it would be good to offer our users the facility to remotely turn on/off and reboot their own desktop machines. When a user is logged in via the console they are allowed to do all these things so they shouldn't be limited when working remotely.

This could also provide the opportunity to improve power savings in Informatics as we would not have to leave any desktop machine permanently turned on just in case a user wanted to use it remotely.

Further opportunities are available to remotely configure BIOS settingsand to do asset management for the Inventory without requiring machines be turned on.

Deliverables: Interface for users to remotely control the power settings of their own desktop machine.

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Customer: Informatics users.

Case statement: Requested by user: https://rt3.inf.ed.ac.uk/Ticket/Display.html?id=45583

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Timescales: A rough estimate of 3 weeks effort for delivery of a system which allows users to remotely control their machines.

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Plan: Investigate Intel AMT. Develop an authenticated system for remote power control using AMT, maybe based around remctl. Develop a user interface, possibly available via the web, authenticated with cosign, to allow the desktop 'owner' to control their machine.

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Dependencies: Currently, Intel AMT is only available in desktop PCs with Intel Core 2 processor with vPro technology so the right hardware is required.

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