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A new release of AMD Management Console, AMC 2.5 is now available.

 

AMC is a GUI based DASH manageability application for SMB (small & medium business) environments, capable of monitoring and managing up to 500 DMTF’s DASH-compliant client computer systems.

 

New features in 2.5 release are:

  • Firmware Upgrade on the device  - this feature enables the user to upgrade or downgrade the firmware of a device.
  • Boot text image workflow - text based ISO images can be remotely deployed.
  • Support for Record Log profile - display platform logs of the DASH system.

 

The release note is attached, which provide more information on for this release and also the history of releases.

 

Visit @DASH Home for downloading this software.

A new release of AMD Management Console, AMC 2.0 is now available.

 

AMC is a GUI based DASH manageability application for SMB (small & medium business) environments, capable of monitoring and managing up to 500 DMTF’s DASH-compliant client computer systems.

 

New features in 2.0 release are:

  • Demo mode, with the capability to work in private & closed networks.
  • Built-in web server to host ISO images to support USB redirection feature.
  • Support for Windows 8.1, Windows 10.
  • Various bug fixes.

 

Release note is attached, which provide more information on for this release and also the history of releases. AMC User guide is also attached, which provides information on all the features and their usage in AMC 2.0.

 

Visit @DASH Home for downloading this software.

A new release of AMD Management Plugin for SCCM, AMPS 3.0 is now available.

AMPS is a product that extends Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2012 to manage the desktop and mobile systems, out-of-band, using DASH standards. AMPS is essential part of enterprise IT management.

 

New features in 3.0 release are:

  • Firmware Upgrade on device and collection - Upgrade or downgrade the firmware of a device or on a collection.
  • Schedule DASH tasks on a collection - Power change and firmware upgrade operations.
  • DASH Scheduled Tasks tab - UI screen view all the scheduled DASH tasks.
  • "All AMPS Status Messages" Status Message Queries - Enable user to view all status messages related to AMPS.
  • New groupings of DASH systems:
    • All DASH Capable Systems - contains all DASH systems.
    • All DASH Managed Systems - contains all manageable DASH systems, that is, DASH systems that are provisioned with working credentials.
    • All DASH Unmanaged Systems - contains all unmanageable DASH Systems, that is, those DASH systems which do not have working credentials.
  • Reporting - Generate Configuration Manager style reports for DASH actions

 

Release notes is attached, which provide more information on for this release and also the history of releases. AMPS User guide is also attached, which provides information on all the features and their usage in AMPS 3.0.

Visit @DASH Home for downloading this software.

 

Related blogs:

Firmware Upgrade in AMPS 3.0 - Detail steps on performing firmware upgrade

DASH User Action Report - Steps on generating report on DASH related actions performed by AMPS users

A new release of AMD Management Plugin for SCCM, AMPS 2.5 is now available.

AMPS is a product that extends Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2012 to manage the desktop and mobile systems, out-of-band, using DASH standards. AMPS is essential part of enterprise IT management.

 

New features in 2.5 release are:

  • Boot text image feature – text based ISO images can be remotely deployed. Multiple DASH tasks are combined into a workflow to accomplish the deployment task.
  • Performance enhancements to handle large number of devices in a collection - DASH tasks can be run on maximum supported clients by the Configuration Manager 2012 R2.

 

Check the attached release notes for more information and visit DASH Home for downloading this software.

 

Important links:

A new release of AMD Management Plugin for SCCM, AMPS 2.3 is now available.

AMPS is a product that extends Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2012 to manage the desktop and mobile systems, out-of-band, using DASH standards. AMPS is essential part of enterprise IT management.

 

New features in 2.3 release are:

  • DMTF DASH 1.2 compliance
    • Record Log
    • Service Processor
  • Role based administration supported for DASH operations
  • Enhancements to power operations on collections
  • Dash wake-up support for software updates & deployments

Check the attached release notes for more information and visit DASH Home for downloading this software.

 

Important links:

This post will illustrate how DASH option can be enabled on fresh HP 6305 system and later provisioned for access from management consoles.

 

HP 6305 comes with Broadcom 5761 ethernet controller. DASH management option must be enabled in BIOS and required software must be installed on Windows OS. Let us start with changes in BIOS.

 

[A] BIOS Changes

DASH Management option must be enabled in the BIOS. To confirm, goto BIOS\Advanced, select and enter Management Operations

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In the Management Operations, these options must be enabled

  • DASH Support
  • DASH Console Redirection.

Press F10 to save the changes and exit BIOS.

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Note: You could request the OEM (HP in this case) to have these options enabled by default in factory BIOS.


[B] Microsoft Windows Changes

This post illustrates the changes to be made on Windows OS. For other OS, check either HP or Broadcom documentation.

 

(1) Network Driver

Boot to Windows OS. The recommended network driver version is 16.6.0.4b or above. To confirm the driver version, goto 'Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\System', open 'Device Manager', expand 'Network adapters', right click on 'Broadcom NetXTreme Gigabit Ethernet Plus' adapter and select 'Properties'. In the driver tab, verify the 'Driver Version'.

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In case the driver version is old, to get the latest driver, download Broadcom's 'NetXtreme Software Kit' version 16.6.4.1 or highrer. Extract the archive, go to the folder 'B57HPCD-DT-v16.6.4.1/MgmtApps/x64' and run,

setup /s /v /qn

This option will install the required driver and the software required for DASH management.

Note: Broadcom NetXtreme Software Kit can be obtained from either HP support or Broadcom support site.

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(2) Broadcom Management Agent

Open 'Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Administrative Tools\Services' windows and ensure status of 'Broadcom Management Agent' is 'Running'. If it is not running, check if 'Broadcom NetXtreme Software Kit' version is right and is correctly installed.

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(3) Broadcom WMI namespaces

This is additional verification step. Goto Start\Run, enter 'wbemtest' and click OK. In the window, Connect to  'root\BrcmBnxNs' namespace and verify if connect is successful. If connect fails, check if 'Broadcom NetXtreme Software Kit' version is right and is correctly installed.

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Note: You could add the right version of Broadcom NetXtreme Software Kit to your organization's OS image.


Once these settings are in place, HP 6305 can be provisioned either locally or remotely using DASHConfig tool. Checkout the detailed usage of DASHConfig here - How to use AMD DASHConfig tool to provision DASH capable targets

 

(4) Quick steps using DASHConfig

DASHConfig is packaged with AMPS (AMD Management Plugin for SCCM), AMC (AMD Management Console) and DASHCli. These tools can downloaded from http://www.amd.com/DASH

1) In the DASHConfig folder, edit the 'DASHConfigExample.xml' file. Fill in digest credentials or active directory settings and save the file.

2) On the HP 6305 DASH system, from the Command-Prompt, go to the DASHConfig folder and run the command,  "DASHConfig.exe –xf:DASHConfigExample.xml -lf:DASHProvision.log"

 

HP 6305 will be provisioned. Now the system can be discovered and managed by any Management Console which supports DASH.

 

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