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MeshCentral2 - Server-side IDER & Real-time heat map

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MeshCentral is an open source web based remote computer management web site. Last week, an all-new IDE redirect (IDER) library was unveiled completely built into JavaScript that allows MeshCommander to perform remote disk redirection to Intel® AMT. We also showed that we could use MeshCommander thru MeshCentral to perform IDER, using MeshCentral as a traffic relay. This week, we add upon what was announced last week with MeshCentral now gaining the ability to launch an IDER session from the server allowing faster, lower latency disk streaming over the Internet. On top of this, both MeshCommander and MeshCentral IDE redirection now feature a disk sector read “heat map” showing network sector reads in real time. In detail:
MeshCentral IDER. With the latest MeshCentral server, users can now upload disk images (.img / .iso) into the server using the “My Files” tab. Then, they can signal the server to launch a disk redirection session to a target Intel AMT device. The server will do all the…

MeshCommander - JavaScript IDER

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In the 10 years that I have been making software for Intel® AMT, I have rebuilt pretty much everything. From coding a WSMAN stacks twice to my own Serial Terminal and KVM viewer. This was needed to make Intel AMT usable with web technologies and bring hardware manageability usages to modern standards. In all this time, I have not touched what I consider to be the most powerful feature of Intel AMT: IDE Redirect (IDE-R).

For people who don’t know, IDE redirect allows a trusted administrator to remotely mount disk images on an Intel AMT computer over the network. You can then reboot on this image to perform computer recovery, OS re-installation, virus scanning or more. IDE redirection can completely transform a remote computer in a way and speed that no other Intel AMT feature can. Problem is, performing this operation was limited by use of IMRSDK.dll, a native library that was difficult to deal with and did scale or not port. It was especially badly suited for web technologies and so,…