Intel Demos Sandy Bridge Virtualization, Security and KVM Features: VPro On Lenovo's New ThinkPad T420
We met with Intel earlier this week to get a demo of the latest that Intel vPro has to offer, including enhanced KVM (Keyboard, Video and Mouse) remote desktop capabilities, a host-based configuration client, Intel Identity Protection technology and Anti-Theft 3.0 that takes the concept of "Lojack for your laptop" and drops in a remote kill switch. Let's roll the video and show you some of what we saw.
Also, interestingly enough, many of the demos were performed on yet to be officially announced Lenovo ThinkPad T420 notebooks with Sandy Bridge under the hood...
:10 - Intel vPro KVM/Remote Desktop Management
1:40 - Intel vPro Virtualization Demo
3:13 - Intel vPro Identity Protection Technology - eBay Demo
6:40 - Intel Core i5 Turbo Boost and HD Graphics Demo
Intel vPro Demo - Lenovo ThinkPad in lockdown mode and HP's Elite SFF Machine
Finally, the only demo that had a bit of a hiccup to it was Anti-Theaft 3.0. We weren't able to capture it in action because it relied on AT&T's celluar network to deliver an SMS message reliably (woops!). Regardless, we did end up seeing it in action and one of the Intel engineers was able to send a simple text message to the 3G radio in the ThinkPad T420 machine that was enabled with this technology, and put the machine into a lockdown S3 sleep state. When powered back up, the machine was completely inaccessible (bottom left image). Again this is a hardware-level security feature, so pulling a hard drive, or flashing the BIOS wouldn't get you around the encryption and rolling code algorithm that is embedded at the chipset level. In other words, you're looking at a bricked notebook; at least until our friendly IT Manager pinged the machine with another text message allowing it to come back from the dead. Impressive to say the least.
Thanks to Intel's Brian Tucker, Director of Business Platform Marketing and Loan Webb, Business Development Manager Anti-Theft Services, for the nickel-tour of the new vPro. Intel vPro-enabled systems are now shipping via major OEMs like HP and Lenovo, so Intel is putting would-be criminals on notice.