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IDF2013 – Recap

Well, IDF2013 is over and what a run! As a speaker, before going to IDF here is a lot of work done to get the presentation content ready and do a lot of rehersal and so, you don’t get to work as much on your projects. Now, I can move my focus back on Meshcentral.com and tools. Thank you to everyone who attended my presentations, it’s been a pleasure once again. For people who could not attend, the presentation slides are available for download.

BCSS003: Meshcentral.com – Using Intel® AMT and Intel® Smart Connect Features From the Cloud.
SFTL003: Using Intel® AMT and Intel® Smart Connect Features From the Cloud

This said, people attending my presentations know I am one of the odd speakers that I don’t actualy show much of the slides at all. I do go thru the trouble making the slides so people can download them and one or two of them gets used in the presentation, but that is it.

I mashed up a bunch of the IDF2013 video footage into this clip on Youtube below. Nothing fancy, but it’s now part of my personal video collections. Now, it’s back to work and there are a few very interesting features that are coming up soon for meshcentral.com, so I will be blogging again shortly

Ylian
meshcentral.com

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IDF2013 – Day 1

I am back in my hotel after the first day at IDF2013. I did not do any of the fun stuff today, but I did work… practiced my session content and in mid-afternoon delivered a session on Meshcentral.com and Intel platform features, it was a lot of fun! Thank you to everyone that attended. Tomorrow I am doing it again, this time two 2 hour labs back-to-back.

SFTL003: Using Intel® AMT and Intel® Smart Connect Features From the Cloud
Day 2
, Wednesday September 11th, 1:00 to 3:15pm, Room 2000
Day 2, Wednesday September 11th, 3:45 to 6:00pm, Room 2000

For people that want more technical details, I will be diving into code and showing off even more features of Meshcentral.com. Hope to see many of you there.

Ylian
meshcentral.com

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IDF2013 – Arrived in San Francisco!

Just a quick note to say that I arrived this morning in San Francisco to participate in IDF 2013! I find it all very exciting… I am speaking on the tomorrow afternoon on Intel Platform technologies and the cloud, going to use Meshcentral.com as an example of how anyone can leverage Intel technologies to make cloud services better. Information about my session:

BCSS003: Meshcentral.com – Using Intel® AMT and Intel® Smart Connect Features From the Cloud.
Day 1, Tuesday September 10th, 3:45 to 4:45pm, Room 2007

If you saw this blog and see me tomorrow, please say hi and let me know you saw my blog! Always nice to put faces to visitors. I got a chance to see all of the early IDF setup and as usual it’s wonderful.

Ylian
meshcentral.com

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Meshcentral.com – Now with Intel AMT certificate activation

I just added certificate based Intel AMT cloud activation support (TLS-PKI) in Meshcentral.com that works behind NAT’s and HTTP proxies, uses a reusable USB key and makes use of Intel AMT one-time-password (OTP) for improved security.

Ok, let’s back up a little. Computers with Intel AMT need the feature activated before it can be used. Historically it’s been difficult to setup the software, network, certificates and settings to start activating Intel AMT, especially for smaller businesses in a way that allows administrators to use all of its features. It’s even more difficult if all the computers are mobile. With Mesh, we want to put all of the Intel AMT activation in the cloud, so administrators don’t need to worry about the how it all works. Administrators can launch their own instance of Mesh on Amazon AWS, install the mesh agent on each their machines and, when time permits create and use a single USB key to touch each machine for Intel AMT activation.

Meshcentral.com will automatically detect when a computer can be activated and do all of the appropriate work in the background, and this, even behind a HTTP proxy or NAT/double-NAT routers. Mesh fully supports Intel AMT Client Initiated Remote Access (CIRA) so once activated, Intel AMT can call back to the Mesh server independent of OS state. Administrators can then use the web site or tools like Manageability Commander Mesh Edition to use Intel AMT features across network obstacles. Mesh will automatically route traffic using direct, relay or CIRA, so administrators don’t never need to worry about how to connect to a machine over the Internet. As an aside, Mesh fully supports Host Based Provisioning, so that is still an available option if you don’t want to touch using a USB key and are ok with the client mode limitations.

A full video demonstration is available here.

Enjoy!
Ylian
https://meshcentral.com

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Intel Developer Forum 2013 – San Francisco!

Hi everyone! This year I have been asked to make a comeback at IDF, the Intel Developer Forum! As my blog readers know, I work on many interesting projects as a one man development team: Meshcentral.com, Manageability Developer Tool Kit (DTK), Intel System Defense Utility (ISDU) and the Intel Developer Tools for UPnP Technologies. Many of these projects make direct use of unique Intel platform technologies like: Intel Active Management Technology (Intel AMT), Intel Remote Wake, Intel Identity Protection Technology (Intel IPT), Digital Random Generator, AES-IN, Wake-on-LAN, etc. So, I am in a pretty good position to share with developers my experiences and help more people use these great platform features.

This year, I am giving one session (1 hour) and one lab (2 hour). The lab is given twice, so the program will show two, two-hour blocks. Here is my schedule as currently planned:

BCSS003: Meshcentral.com – Using Intel® AMT and Intel® Smart Connect Features From the Cloud.
Day 1, Tuesday September 10th, 3:45 to 4:45pm, Room 2007

SFTL003: Using Intel® AMT and Intel® Smart Connect Features From the Cloud
Day 2
, Wednesday September 11th, 1:00 to 3:15pm, Room 2000
Day 2, Wednesday September 11th, 3:45 to 6:00pm, Room 2000

In both classes the goal is the same: show that Intel platforms are great at connecting to the cloud. Lets say you want to connect a device to a server in the cloud. We are going to look at how it’s usualy done with a regular client-to-server connection. Then we are going to leverage all the Intel platform technologies at our disposal to add many more capabilities to our cloud service. The session will be a quick overview, I will demonstrate the benefits of using platform features and show you how to get started quickly and what code we have already available. The labs are typically smaller, more indepth and much more interactive, I get to answer questions that can help developers in their day-to-day work, show where to get source code, how to get started and much more. The entire lab will be demos, code & fun!

I look forward to seeing you there. To register or for more information, links below:

IDF Main Page: http://www.intel.com/IDF
IDF Registration: https://secure.idfregistration.com/IDF2013/

Ylian
Meshcentral.com

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Meshcentral.com – Now with multi-display support!

Today I am announcing Meshcentral’s support for in-band Windows multi-display. This is by far the most requested feature to date. In Meshcentral, administrators can select a device and click on the desktop tab, this bring them to a fully web-based Javascript remote display viewer what can connect to remote computes and get full remote desktop. The protocols is fully web-optimized offering high speed remote desktop over the internet and inside a browser. No need to download a special application, all you need is an HTML5 web browser. Today, we added multi-display capability to this viewer. Users can see all the displays at once, or select to view only one. They can also switch in real time between the different viewers.

In addition to in-band remote display, Meshcentral already supports Intel AMT out-of-band remote multi-display. So, on select Intel platforms, administrators can perform web-based remote desktop in both in-band mode (then the OS is up) or out-of-band mode (when the OS is down). Allowing for complete control over a computer under any circumstances. Administrators will favor in-band remote desktop when possible because it can see all the multi-displays at once and has much greater speed over the Internet.

The new multi-display feature is part of Mesh Agent v1.72. The new mesh agent solves a problem where the agent would not switch correctly on some computers when pressing CTRL-ALT-DEL, so all around improvements.

Enjoy!
Ylian
https://meshcentral.com

Meshcentral now supports multi-monitor devices in our remote desktop web viewer.
(Unlimited monitor count)

Meshcentral also supports Windows 8 and Intel AMT out-of-band multi-monitor (up to 3 monitors*).
*Depending on Intel AMT version

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Meshcentral.com – Run your own on Amazon!

For people following work on Meshcentral, this day has been a long time coming. Today we are announcing that we started making Meshcentral available for hosting on Amazon EC2. Computer administrators anywhere now have a choice of using Meshcentral.com or launch their very own instance of Meshcentral on Amazon. They get control over the management data, user accounts and more. With many other online service, you have to use servers you don’t control and give up your data to someone else. Now, with this new option, you’re launching your own Meshcentral instance and take all of the control back, enabling a truly personal and secure cloud of devices.

Right now, we are making a free instance of Meshcentral available publically on Amazon with a 10 device management limit. This instance can run on the smallest Amazon instance, the “t1.micro”. Users new to Amazon AWS can run a t1.micro instance for 1 year for free, and so, many can try their own Meshcentral instance completely free of change. We have made amazing efforts to make Meshcentral fit on such a small virtual machine.

Even in such a tight virtual machine, Meshcentral instances packs loads of features: in-band web based remote desktop, terminal, file access, remote power control, audit logs, web page relay, TCP relay, mesh messaging, remote WMI, WiFi location, Intel AMT cloud provisioning, Intel AMT control, wide OS/CPU support and much more. When you launch a Meshcentral instance, fresh updated software is downloaded from Meshcentral.com and installed. Instances are always kept updated as new mesh features are added thanks to our unique Platform Manager software, that keeps track of signed software packages and deploys updates to all Amazon instances.

To get started we have documentation that includes a quick start guide, along with a YouTube tutorial video. Takes about 5 minutes to launch the instance and 15 to 20 minutes for the instance to set itself up. Instances create new certificates and cryptographic keys upon first launch so each Meshcentral instance is unique and secure. Give it a try, and give us feedback.

Ylian
meshcentral.com

Use a Meshcentral Amazon instance to create a truly personal cloud.
Run your own small business online management console.

Mesh Amazon Instances are setup and kept up to date from Meshcentral.com.

The all new online Mesh Settings Editor allows administrators to configure the Mesh Server online.
(You can even change IIS security and certificates, we restart and reconfigure IIS automatically)

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