This tool was produced to detect the presence of Intel vPro and the status of Intel AMT. Intel vPro is a collection of security features included in Intel processors. One of these features is Intel AMT, this allows for remote access from the BIOS level, meaning it can be recovered from more serious failures.
I initially wrote this tool in Golang as a proof of concept. This was functional, but suffered from two major problems.
For these reasons I decided to look into alternate ways of creating desktop applications. One that stood out to me was Electron as I am already very familiar with web development and it had a range of bundling options that help solve my first issue.
For the exact implementation of Electron, I chose nextron as I was recently learning Next.js and wanted to get more experience in it, and it provides lots of boilerplate code to get me started.
To solve the first problem, I used the
extraFiles key from electron-builder, this allows you to include a file that the program will see in it’s root directory, perfect for what I need.
These values were then inserted into the user interface in the following way