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Taking control of a computer network

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Since 2008, Imperial College London has been upgrading the desktop computing resources available to its staff and student body with new Windows* 7 machines supplied by HP and powered by Intel® Core™ vPro™ processors. From the outset, it planned to harness the built-in remote management capabilities of the processors to streamline the way its IT team was able to maintain the computers. Using the free Intel® Setup and Configuration Service (Intel® SCS) software and a specially-designed Windows PowerShell* module for the Intel Core vPro processor environment, the College was able to quickly activate the remote connectivity features to work within its existing management environment. With the ability to remotely switch computers on and off, it is now much easier for the IT team to update systems out of hours when they are not being used by staff and students. The move to a unified fleet of computers that share the Windows 7 operating system has helped streamline the process of maintaining them, and the ability to take control of a large number of computers simultaneously has further reduced management overhead. When overseeing important software and security updates, IT staff can now ensure that all the machines are activated and ready to receive the update, with the outcome being a more consistent, reliable computing environment.