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AMT meets bootloader pre-boot authentification requirements



I'm struggling with the following problem for several days now.

The scenario is as follows: I have a server with a bootloader which requires me to enter a password before booting (This bootloader can not be configured to use a serial port for communication). I have to administer the server from remote so I need a technique to enter this password from remote and (this is important) do this automatically by a script.

I'm now thinking if the Intel AMT functionality would suit my needs (if so I would buy the appropriate hardware)

-As I understand it, I will not be able to use the Serial Over Lan (SOL) functionality, because the bootloader wouldn't work with SOL. Is this correct?

-So an alternative would be the KVM functionality. But would it be possible to just send the password via script with the KVM? (As script here I understand everything which enables me to send the password automatically without typing it in manually with the keyboard)

-I also saw the Intel AMT SDK. I'm able to program c++ and c# using this SDK, if it helps me with my problem.

So this are the three main points I found, but I still don't know if one of these can solve my problem.

Thank you for any help,


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It really depends on how the bootloader functions. It might be possible to use Serial Over LAN, as long as the bootloader doesn't switch to a graphical mode or take control of the serial ports.

KVM will work, but it will be a more involved process than using SOL.

I would suggest asking your question in the Business Client Developer Community, as they will be able to give you a more detailed answer.

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