Intel Active Management Technology (AMT)

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Intel Active Management Technology (AMT)

Some Lenovo laptop include some of Intel's Management features.


  • Management over the Network (LAN and WLAN, using AMT 2.5)
  • Remote Asset (Hardware and Software) Inventory
  • Remote Diagnostic and repair (even if laptop is off or down)
  • Agent Presence Checking (isolate corrupted laptops)
  • Encrypted software update (w/ remote power-on).
  • System isolation and recovery (Use hardware to filter inbound and outbound traffic, except management traffic)
  • Dedicated Flash memory (Firmware + Inventory + ISV Data)

Hints how to setup it via Intel ME BIOS Extension (MEBx) based on the T61p

  • Use ThinkVantage System Update so you have the latest BIOS
  • You should enable AMT in BIOS (In 'Configuration' on the main screen)
  • After the POST screen you will see the Intel ME BIOS Extension screen. Hit Ctrl+P to enter the setup.
  • The default password is 'admin' (without quotes)
  • If you try to change the Intel ME password and get "Error - Intel(R) ME password change rejected" message, then you are using a weak password. This are guidelines for the Intel ME strong password:
    • between 8- and 32-characters long
    • Contain both upper and lower case Latin characters
    • Have at least one numeric character
    • Have at least one ASCII non-alphanumeric character (!, @, #, $, %, ^, &, *)
  • Select Intel(R) ME Configuration
    • Select 'Intel(R) ME State Control', set it ENABLED, return to previous menu
    • Select 'Intel(R) ME Firmware Local Update Qualifier', set it to ALWAYS OPEN, return to previous menu
    • Select 'Intel(R) ME Features Control', choose 'Intel(R) AMT', return to previous menu
    • Select 'Intel(R) ME Power Control'
      • Select 'Intel (R) ME ON in Host Sleep States' and set the 'widest' range of Sleep States
    • Return to previous menu twice and select EXIT. The system will reboot now.
  • Hit Ctrl+P when the Intel ME BIOS messages apear
  • You will see a new menu entry: 'Intel(R) AMT Configuration'
    • Select Host Name and enter the same name as for the OS Host name
    • Select TCP/IP, and hit twice 'N' to enable the interface and DHCP, then provide your domain name as set (or to be set) in the OS
    • Select SOL/IDE-R, hit 'Y' to confirm the warning, set Username & Password, Serial Over LAN and IDE Redirection to ENABLED
    • Select Secure Firmware Update and choose ENABLED
    • Exit. The system will reboot again.


  • See Also Centrino Pro
  • Intel - AMT [1]
  • Tips & Tricks for Setting up & Accessing an Intel AMT Client [2]
  • Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel AMT) Software Development Kit (SDK) Start Here Guide [3]

ThinkPads that may include this feature

Version Models
AMT 2.5 T61, T61p, X61 Tablet