An open question to the community on using Intel vPro for remotely diagnosing, repairing, or imaging a hard drive.
First some foundational items. Intel vPro supports Serial-over-LAN and IDE-Redirection. These two features allow for the following:
Serial-over-LAN - Terminal session to view the client console from time of power-up until OS bootloader or GUI.
IDE-Redirection - Ability to specify a different boot drive as recognized by the local system OR to define an ISO image to be loaded from the management server.
This raises some interesting questions and ideas:
If the Intel vPro system has a diagnostic or recovery option at power up (e.g. F12) - would a Serial-over-LAN session allow "remote diagnostics"? An interesting twist here is the ability to see boot errors or prompts - and being able to respond to them remotely.
If the Intel vPro system has a local recovery drive\partition - would IDE-Redirection allow a change of drive boot order? The short answer is yes. Interested to know if community members have tried this and have some feedback.
If the local drive partition or file configuration is incorrect, would IDE-Redirection allow for remote repair? The short answer is yes. The follow-up question is what bootable ISO images are being used out there? For example - reinstall a system using WinPE or BartPE (about 150MB image), LinuxBoot ISO for diagnostic\imaging, or Recovery911 type image?
If reimaging a group of systems, does IDE-Redirection replace or extend an existing PXE Server? The short answer is no. PXE Servers use multi-cast and provide some great configuration options. IDE-Redirection is unicast based or meant from re-directing the local system boot order. Followup question here - what has the community experienced? (anyone tried a bootable ISO to initiate a PXE\multi-cast OS load? The value is Intel vPro remote power functions ensure reliable power-on of the system)