Thursday, 14 July 2011

Intel Manageability Commander Tool - 20 Computer Limit

The Intel Manageability Commander is a great tool that allows you to manage and connect to your Intel vPro Systems without the need to buy any licenses for RealVNC Viewer Plus. This software features RealVNC as well as IDE Re-Direct access to your managed systems. The biggest issue I've found with this tool is that it only allows you to manage up to 20 computers. This can be a problem if you're managing an entire fleet of PC's in your office. Luckily, there is a workaround for this. See the steps below:

Download the Intel AMT DTK Source Code
Extract the files and browse to the "Manageability Commander Tool" directory
Open the MainForm.cs file using Notepad or your favorite text editor.
Change line 224

if (Utils.GetNodeTagsofType(rootNode, typeof(AmtSystem)).Count >= 20)


if (Utils.GetNodeTagsofType(rootNode, typeof(AmtSystem)).Count >= 9999999)

Notice the 9999999, this is the maximum amount of systems you want the application to allow you to add. Leave it as 9999999 or put in whatever number you want.

Using Visual C# 2008 Express Edition, open the "Manageability Commander Tool.sln" file.

From the Solution Explorer on the right hand column, right click the project and click "Build"

Once the build is finished, you will find it in the folder you extracted the files in under the Bin\Debug folder.

Or, if you don't want to go through all this, simply download the version I've compiled that will allow you to add up to 5000 PC's from here.

Thanks to this little trick, you can now remotely manage your entire fleet of PC's using Intel AMT and KVM without purchasing RealVNC Viewer Plus licenses all at a cost of $0!