Windows Embedded Standard 2009 Step-by-Step Deployment – Part III

  Check also: Windows Embedded Standard 2009 Step-by-Step Deployment – Part I Windows Embedded Standard 2009 Step-by-Step Deployment – Part II After reviewing the necessary steps for preparing our environment (Post I) and building a custom image for a thin client (Post II); we’ll prepare the remote boot process as well as the remote boot server that will deploy that image on diskless devices. If you prepared the same environment with the XP Embedded version, the process does not have much differences. 1. Set the Image Ready Even though the building process of the image is complete, we need to run a few steps to set the image ready for deployment. The First Boot Agent (FBA) needs to be executed one time to complete this process. By booting the image one time, the FBA makes a hardware detection and finishing some other tasks like network configuration. Also, these tasks executed by the agent can be customized; check this link about FBA.  The image is already built, so we are going to take those files to a new disk (virtual in my case) and boot a client machine from there. 1.1 Add a second disk to the machine acting as Remote Boot Server. Create a new partition and set it to “Active”.   1.2 Copy the image files to that new logical disk. 1.3 Like I said, I’m using a virtual environment, so my next step would be to create a […]

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Windows Embedded Standard 2009 Step-by-Step Deployment – Part II

  Check also: Windows Embedded Standard 2009 Step-by-Step Deployment – Part I Windows Embedded Standard 2009 Step-by-Step Deployment – Part III After reviewing Post I we’ve set our environment to start building the images. The process it’s practically the same that we executed on XP Embedded (Post I, Post II and Post III). And again, as I mentioned before, this deployment is oriented to Embedded images booting on diskless devices, so there will be steps that are not necessary if you are not looking for a remote boot environment with Windows Embedded Standard 2009 images. Building the Image 1. Get hardware information from your target This step is done with Target Analyzer, that is just an .exe file that compiles all of the hardware necessary information to be included on the image you are building. With the information gathered here, the corresponding drivers will be added to the image. Since I’m using virtual machines in the same physical server, I’m going to collect hardware data in the same machine where I’m going to build the target image. 1.1 Open a cmd and focus on “C:\Program Files\Windows Embedded\utilities”. 1.2 Run “tap.exe”. You’ll see that the program recollects information about your devices, and creates a new file on the same folder called “devices.pmq” containing all that data.  Target analyzer collecting information The files devices.pmq contains all the hardware information 2. Adding the Drivers to the Image The image builder from the Windows […]

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Windows Embedded Standard 2009 Step-by-Step Deployment – Part I

Check also: Windows Embedded Standard 2009 Step-by-Step Deployment – Part II Windows Embedded Standard 2009 Step-by-Step Deployment – Part III I’ve been reviewing, for a while now, the opportunities that Embedded operating systems has to offer. If you take a look to previous posts of mine that I’ve prepared about XP Embedded you’ll find a quick introduction to the platform + the steps for building, preparing and deploying XP Embedded images in your environment, including deploying it on diskless devices (remote boot): Preparing and Installing Windows XP Embedded Images – Part I: Setting up the Environment Preparing and Installing Windows XP Embedded Images – Part II: Building Images Preparing and Installing Windows XP Embedded Images – Part III: Using Remote Boot Windows Embedded 2009 Standard Overview Windows Embedded 2009 Standard is the newest version of the Embedded operating systems released by Microsoft, succeeding Windows XP Embedded. These operating systems are oriented to special devices or computers, where you need a secure, small, reliable and manageable OS. WES 2009 contains the same kernel as Windows XP with a few improvements: Windows XP kernel with SP3 included Internet Explorer 7 Windows Media Player 11 Silverlight 1.0 .Net Framework 3.5 (including also 1.0, 1.1 and 2.0). IPv6 support For more information about Windows Embedded Standard 2009 check the following links: – Windows Embedded Standard 2009 Home – [PDF] Windows Embedded Standard 2009 Overview – [PDF] Windows Embedded Standard 2009 Datasheet – [PDF] Windows […]

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