Intel unveiled its third-generation vPro Technology, this feature enables IT staff to administer machines remotely, even when they're switched off or suffering from hardware failures.
The 2008 vPro platform (a.k.a. McCreary) includes three key components: Intel's Q45 Express chipset, the 82567LM Gigabit Ethernet network controller, and existing Core 2 Duo and Core 2 Quad processors. The bundle brings new features that may make life easier for not just corporate IT staff, but also folks with small and medium businesses that don't have their own system admins.
McCreary brings Remote Alert, a feature that allows a "suddenly ailing PC" to call for assistance without user intervention. This can happen outside the company firewall, in which case the PC can hook into a remote IT console for troubleshooting. With the Fast Call for Help feature, users themselves can also ask for assistance by simply entering a keystroke—even if their systems are "completely crippled with a failed operating system or hard drive."