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Imaging Windows Embedded standard and Windows 7 Embedded through Altiris 7.1

Created: 04 Feb 2014 | 5 comments
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Why this Document?

            Altiris 7.x are not supporting imaging forWindows Embedded standard and Windows 7 Embedded”

(http://www.symantec.com/business/support/index?page=content&id=HOWTO9965)

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What is the technical challenge for imaging through Altiris 7.x ?

            Altiris 7.x doesn’t recognize the OS type and hence while deploying we will not be able to get dropdown for selecting license.

 

What is the solution?

            Please read through ….

I am working in environment having 8000 + embedded OS and imaging was done previously with DS 6.9 or pen drive or … ways but we have introduced Altiris 7.1 centralized server and having many site/package servers surprisingly Altiris 7.1 image deployment is not supported for embedded OS. Now my environment is getting updated from Windows Xp Embedded to Windows embedded standard or Windows 7 Embedded to overcome the challenge I have done some R & D and found the way out. Below are the steps

For image capturing.

Image capture runs fine as of other OS. Above mentioned OS is having sysprep available in system build itself so follow the same steps

  1. Prepare for Image capture
  2. Create Image (rdeploy)
  3. Reboot To [Production]

Once image is created please note the GUID no of it. And stored location

  • Settings – Deployment and migration – Disk images

Select the image which you have captured in above steps and note down the Package location:

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For deploying the image.

Here comes the tricky part…

  1. First task will be to reboot to PXE or Automation
  2. Task Run batch script1. (map drive and run rdeploy to deploy the image)

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net use y: "\\Package server\Deployment\Task Handler"

y:\rdeploy\rdeploy.exe -rescan -md -f "y:\image\GUIDE\Image name .img"

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Note:-

You have noted down the Package location: in above step. You can get  ’Package server’ and  ’ GUIDE\Imagename’ from it I have mentioned the example to help.

Package location:

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In above screen shot ’Package server’ will be ‘Test-img.domain.com’

 And ’ GUIDE\Imagename’ will be ‘a5af6141-5969-xxx-xxxx-xxxxxxxx\test.img’

  1. Task Run batch script2. (Recreate MBR to boot from c:drive)

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bcdedit /store c:\boot\bcd /set {bootmgr} device boot

bcdedit /store c:\boot\bcd /set {default} device partition=c:

bcdedit /store c:\boot\bcd /set {default} osdevice partition=c:

  1. Reboot to production

 

Sample Job screen shot:

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sdmayhew's picture

On the wyse z90q7 it does not respond back with the correct OS identifier to the pe 4.0 command line. Since pe does not get the right OS identifier it will not pxe boot. Any prior  xp embedded machine will pxe boot correctly. 

We did get pxe imaging to work using ds 7.1 for all older wyse xp machines. So the article is wrong. I pointed this out to our RPS and asked for the document to be updated. 

I sent a wyse z90q7 to backline about a month ago for testing to make pxe work. Jon sharp said next version of 7.5. 

I called my wyse tech rep and having him work directly with altiris ds backline support to see f we can get this to work. I will try and report back on our efforts after testing. 

Altiris user since 2001, Asset Management for 25 years

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Hi,

 

i have tested on “Windows Embedded standard and Windows 7 Embedded" with HP4750+ TC it all works .... 

Thanks

Prasanna R

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Did you test on any wyse?

Altiris user since 2001, Asset Management for 25 years

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R.Prasanna's picture

Sorry i don't have any wyse...

by your comment i can see that you are facing issue in booting to PXE ... if yes this document is nothing to do with it. for any image capture / deploy you will be needed to boot in PXE ... this doc is to address the issue or challenge in altiris 7.X in pushing image ** even after all other things in place like PXE ** ... I think if you get fix for PXE issue next challenge may be the one mentioned in this article ...

Thanks

Prasanna R

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SK's picture

"for any image capture / deploy you will be needed to boot in PXE"

I'm sorry, but that statement is incorrect as you can perform a network boot from floppy, CD, DVD or USB device too!

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