A while back we had strange incident occurring on a couple hundred of Windows Embedded systems build into Computer on Wheels (COWS). In this case the machine would boot up and where it normally should show the Imprivata login screen it now didn’t show anything at all!
For a customer I was asked to create a easy way to deploy images to thin clients and thin pc’s. The preference was to use a USB stick as network was not a option.
This brought a number of challenges that I will discuss in this blog.
Fase 1 - Create the WinPE Usb stick
Fase 2 – Add the needed packages to the USB stick
Fase 3 – Get and prepare the WIM file
Fase 4 – Give WinPE Menu options to choose from
Fase 5 – Deploying the WIM
Fase 6 – Renaming the deployed computer
Fase 7 - Recreate the BCD
Fase 8 – Re enable the write filter
Before we can start, we need a bootable USB stick with WinPE.
To create this we need a deployment server preferable with Windows server 2012.
Recently I was asked to build a wes7 (Windows Embedded Standard 7) image with VMware view client for a HP T5740 2GB model. This request did bring some interesting problems to the table like:
- How to get WES7 on a 2GB flash drive
- How to import the correct drivers to the image during install
- How to install VMware view client
- How to enable EWF (Enhanced Write Filter) on the T5740
But first things first lets install WES7 on a 2gb flash drive.
But with Microsoft pushing everyone to use PowerShell I don’t understand why Windows Core start with a normal prompt instead of a PowerShell prompt.
In this article I will describe how you can change the prompt that is launched when Windows Core boots from CMD to PowerShell.
Currently we are working at a customer to set up a new environment.
To make this as easy as possible we are using the Microsoft Deployment Tool (MDT)
This will make it very easy to install computers with a new OS and the correct drivers.
However when the targeted computer uses the special characters like “/” in the WMI hostname, MDT runs into problems as the MDT workbench doesn’t allow special characters like “/”
Recently we encountered the problem that one of our customers weren’t getting any calendar reminder pop-ups. As there were only a few people that had this problem we had to figure out what was causing this.
Since I got my new laptop (XPS 14z) I’ve been running into the following annoying problem.
When I minimalize my full screen remote desktop session it’s not possible to maximize it back again.It would maximize to a window size smaller than my monitor so I have to scroll to see everything from my session. Especially when you got multiple sessions and quickly want to check some things on your local computer this can be really annoying.
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In the new Windows 8 or Server 2012 it can be annoying to switch back en forth to be able to use the Metro-apps. So why not make a shortcut to use the Metro-apps directly from your desktop.
Author : Ingmar Verheij
If you enabled file and printer sharing in Windows you can access shared folders from a remote machine. By Windows shares administrative folders like IPC$, Admin$, C$ (and all other disks) for administrative purposes.
Since Windows XP you need to enable access to these folders if you want to access them with a local account (like Administrator). Domain accounts with administrative permissions on the system are always allowed to access the administrative shares.
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